Jochen Schumann against Marvin Frisch

During the previous 2012 Boat Show there were multiple premiers of every sense simultaneously taking place at the “Tactical Sailing”: Boat Against Boat Opti-Stand. The Match Race between the arguably most well-known German sailor, Jochen Schumann, who until that moment had never before used a computer to control a boat, and Marvin Frisch, the German Champion in Opti 2011.

Match Racing is a game for experts, which includes an exciting but tricky count down before the starting shot. As an inexperienced PC-player, Jochen received a short technical introduction to the precision of controlling boats from his adversary, Marvin, before heading off to the starting line.

Fighting to get the best place on the starting line, Jochen showed his many years of experience by analyzing the wind at the starting line, while watching the actions of his opponent in order to tactically plan out the best route possible. However, Marvin would not be intimidated. Instead, he demonstrated his strong nerves and challenged Jochen to a bitter fight at the starting line. The outcome: an early start for both Jochen and Marvin!

It was a pleasure for all the visitors at the Opti-Stand to watch both sailors in full concentration steer their boats. We’d like to congratulate Jochen for confidently tackling his first computer regatta. Although he had problems with "sailing without the wind on his neck", he preformed exceedingly well. Jochen and Marvin definitely didn't make it easy on one another, but rather had their fun at fighting for each and every centimeter. In an interview with “Tactical Sailing,” Jochen expressed his first impression of the game:

“I don’t actually play computer games, but this Match Race for Optis has a lot of training potential – not only for Optis, but also for bigger yachts. The Optis were really fast when shooting head to wind, but would also immediately stand still in the wind. With the larger yachts and their heavier weight, you need to pay more attention to inertia when shooting head to wind. Therefore, this game would be especially realistic for training.”
We are now starting to work on the polar diagrams of a TP 52. Furthermore, we are going to integrate all of the well-known Match Race yachts into our program. Jochen Schumann’s yacht "All4One” is definitely going to be our number one.

Opti News reported, “The after-party at the stand brought the day to a happy end. Although the executive committee of "Deutscher Segler Verband" and many Opti parents were still present, the majority consisted of the new sailing generation. While Paul Gerbercks, the game’s developer, presented “Tactical Sailing” at the Opti-Stand, Marvin Frisch prevailed over his rival, Jochen Schumann, at the “Tactical Sailing” computer game. We assume this to be Marvin’s second most important win.”

© Fotos: Birgitt Müller-Genrich, Jochen Borbet, Dr. Curt Fritze. Opti-Webseite: