Bertheau keeps the Yellow Jersey of the European Match Race Tour
French Skipper Simon Bertheau won the second event of the European Tour in a dramatic final with 3-1 points over Russian Vladimir Lipavsky who claimed the second place in the overall rankings. Lipavsky won a clear 2-0 in the Simi Finals over double Olympian skipper, Christian Binder from Austria. Dejan Presen with World Ranking 20 in Match Racing, took the bronze medal back to Slovenia.
The second Tour stop at Porto Montenegro, Tivat, featured champagne sailing conditions for the nine teams from eight countries. Bertheau, who came as leader of the Tour to Montenegro, finished the Round Robin only in third place with Dejan Presen in the lead and the Austrian Binder second, all on equal points. Vladimir Lipavsky just secured the last spot in the Semi-Finals and won two clear victories over Binder who had a day to forget with losing both Semis and then the petit final. Presen on the other hand started promising into the Semis but the French skipper Bertheau fought back and went with a 2-1 into the final, where the Russian had no chance against the rookies from France.
Bertheau is now leading the overall standing with a maximum of 100 points, while Lipavsky and Presen are tied on the second place with 75 points each and chased by Binder with 60 points. The European Match Race Tour is heading now to Austria, where the Vienna City Match Race will take place from 31 March – 2 April. Here, Presen and Binder may close the gap to the leader who will race again at stage # 4 at Monaco.
EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR PORTO MONTENEGRO 2017
1 - Simon Bertheau – FRA
2- Vladimir Lipavsky – RUS
3 - Dejan Presen – SLO
4 - Christian Binder – AUT
5 – Dore De Morsier – SUI
6 - Teo Piasevoli – CRO
7 – Sasa Kekovic - MNE
8 - Bojan Rajar – SLO
9 – Anian Orlob - MNE