Marstrand, Sweden (3rd July, 2017) – With breaking waves and gales blowing today on the Marstrand Arena, competition at the World Match Racing Tour’s GKSS Match Cup Sweden will get underway tomorrow.
“This morning we had 30 knots average and gusts up to 40 knots – way outside the limit,” explained World Match Racing Tour PRO, Mattias Dahlström. “Plus this westerly direction creates a really bad sea state.” While the wind dropped this afternoon, the sea state hadn’t and at 1530CET Dahlström cancelled racing.
Remaining ashore today allowed crews to appraise their competition. With the America’s Cup just over and in a year following the Olympic Games, all manner of world class sailors have descended upon the Swedish island paradise of Marstrand for the GKSS Match Cup Sweden.
Having just ﬁnished his second America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA, is Australian Kyle Langford, competing here in Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar crew. Then there is Italian Pierluigi de Felice, a America’s Cup campaigner since 2003 including Luna Rossa’s last two catamaran campaigns. He is here with Chris Steele’s 36 Below Racing.
These days M32s are typically sailed by four ‘big’ crew rather ﬁve small ones, so the crew line-up for GKSS Match Cup Sweden includes Olympic Finn sailors Jonathan Lobert and Pieter-Jan Postma, respectively third and fourth at London 2012. While Postma is leading his own crew on Sailing Team NL, Lobert is sailing with Eric Monnin on Albert Riele Swiss Team.
Lobert has just had four days sailing the M32 catamaran. “It is an exciting boat, fun – a big change from the Finn. It is very nice to be sailing in a crew. Match racing is also new to me, but Eric is very experienced and he knows what to do.”
Several other Olympic sailors are in the all-female crew on Team Magenta 32. Skipper Sally Barkow represented the USA in the Yngling in Beijing, Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush were in the British Women’s Match Racing crew at London 2012, while Switzerland’s Natalie Brugger raced at Rio 2016 on the mixed Nacra 17 catamaran.