Basic Wins First Alpe Adria Match Race Championship

Croatia’s Tomislav Basic took victory at the ISAF Grade 2 Alpe Adria Match Race Championship in Izola, Slovenia after an incredible final against Christian Binder (AUT) with all matches decided by less than a boatlength. There were perfect sailing conditions during all three days of racing with wind from 6 to 12 knots welcoming the ten teams. 10 teams to Izola, Slovenia. After 15 Flights in the Round Robin Basic (CRO) was in first place without losing a match and went straight to the semis. Teams from second to seventh place after the Round Robin went to quarter final sailing for three remaining Semi Final spots. Dejan Presen (SLO) second after the Round Robin won 2-0 against Lorenz Mueller (SUI). Philip Bendon (IRL) and Max Trippolt (AUT) needed 3 matches with Bendon taking the decider and the last Semi Final spot went to Christian Binder (AUT) who prevailed over Mati Sepp (EST) with two straight wins. The winner of the Round Robin Basic picked Bendon as his opponent leaving Presen and Binder for the second Semi Final. Basic went on to win in two straight while Presen took the first match but Binder responded with two wins to take the spot in the Finals. Meanwhile in the King Of The Castle Knock-Out Teams were sailing for 10th to 5th Place. In both Final and Petit Final there was exciting racing and the winner of each match was decided in the final few metres. Bendon took third place after a 2-1 Petit Final win over Presen and in the Final Binder took the first match with Basic coming back strong in the next two to take home the Title in the First Alpe Adria Match Race Championship. Basic commented after the win, ”This was the most exciting racing we had in years with unbelievably close matches.”
1. Tomislav Basic – CRO
2. Christian Binder – AUT
3. Philip Bendon – IRL
4. Dejan Presen – SLO
5. Max Trippolt – AUT
6. Mati Sepp – EST
7. Lorenz Mueller – SUI
8. Bojan Rajar – SLO
9. Antti Luhta – FIN
10. Julian Kircher – AUT
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