Kitzbühel & Alpine Region | Issue 07 | Spring 2018 Text & Interview: Klaus Dörre
The extraordinary figure that seems to hover so rapidly over the waves is not a mirage. Nor vision-turned-reality from a science fiction film. It is a “Moth“. Streifzug chatted with multiple national champion, Upper Austrian state champion, World Cup and European Championship participant in the “Tornado“ sailing class, Michael Schönleitner, about his passion for the International Moth-Class:
Michael Schönleitner …
… born in 1988, he is president of the Austrian Moth Class Association (AMC) and secretary of the International Moth Class Association (IMCA). Together with his bowman, Philipp Rakuschan, he is multiple Austrian national champion title holder in the Tornado class (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and Upper Austrian national champion (2006, 2009, 2010, 2012). He finished sixth at the Euro 2012 on Lake Como and eighth at the World Championships 2013 in Ibiza. He topped the Austrian Moth rankings in 2014 and 2015, came fourth in the overal Moth Euro Cup 2015 rankings and second in 2016. In his “day job”, he holds a managerial position as constructional at Schönleitner Bau GmbH in Thern/St. Georgen and is project developer at Attergauer Wohnbau GmbH.