World Match Racing Tour adds UK event to 2015 schedule
London, UK (30th March 2015): The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) today announced the addition of the Royal Southern Match Cup (10-14 June) to the 2015/16 championship schedule. Organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) in Hamble UK, the Match Cup will be added to the calendar as a 'World Tour' event following the new and expanded event format for 2015 announced by WMRT last week. The top six placed skippers from the UK event will be awarded points to the annual championship leader-board.
The announcement marks the first UK event to join the World Match Racing Tour schedule. As James Pleasance, WMRT Executive Director commented;
"The RSrnYC has been very pro-active in developing its youth sailors and their involvement in match racing over the last few years. We were very pleased to offer some technical assistance to the Match Cup at their inaugural ISAF Grade 2 event last year, and to now include them as an official event of the World Match Racing Tour calendar in the UK."
Karen Henderson-Williams, Vice Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, who has been involved with the Club's match racing since it started five years ago said:
"This is like a dream come true! Eight years ago, my colleague and Event Director, Colin Hall, came back from Perth WA having seen top level youth match racing at work in the Warren Jones Invitational and asking, 'How can our young people compete if they don't have this kind of opportunity at home?. We started five years ago in our Academy and held the first ISAF Grade 2 (European Championship level) event in the UK for six years. We have two Qualifiers to decide who gains the final invitations to compete in the Match Cup, one in Ploen, Germany, in May and our own on 11/12 April, so to be able to announce the event's participation in the World Match Racing Tour now is right on cue."
Three of the eight Tour card skippers for 2015/2016, including five-time World Champion Ian Williams (GAC Pindar), will compete with a world class field in the Match Cup for the second year running.
Current Royal Southern Match Cup entry list:
Ian Williams (GBR) World No.1
Keith Swinton (AUS) Rank 8
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Rank 10
Chris Steele (NZL) Rank 15
Mark Lees (GBR) Rank 23
Philip Bendon (IRL) Rank 28
Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Rank 33
Plus qualifiers to be announced.
For more information on the Royal Southern Match Cup, visit www.royal-southern.co.uk
New Season, New Look...
Earning their place to compete on the World Match Racing Tour this season are 8 of the highest world ranked match racing skippers that have chosen to take their shot at winning the World Championship title.
Joining the defending five-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR), the 2015/2016 Tour Skipper list includes Tour veteran Bjorn Hansen (SWE) who finished 5th in last year's championship, Keith Swinton (AUS) finishing 6th last year, and Eric Monnin (SUI) who finished 7th.
Fellow Swedish match racer Johnie Berntsson also rejoins the World Match Racing Tour this year alongside new Tour skippers 20yr old Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN), Reuben Corbett (NZL), and Nicolai Sehested (DEN). Sehested is currently competing in the Volvo Ocean Race as a member of Team Vestas Wind which suffered severe damage after running aground in the Indian Ocean in November last year.
2015/16 World Match Racing Tour Calendar
Ficker Cup, Long Beach, United States, 8 - 10 May 2015
Volvo Spring Cup, Langedrag, Sweden, 9 - 10 May 2015
Congressional Cup, Long Beach, United States, 13 - 17 May 2015
Match Race Germany, Langenargen, Germany, 21 - 25 May 2015
Szczecin Match Race, Szczecin, Poland, 29 - 31 May 2015
Stena Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand, Sweden, 29 June - 4 July 2015
Dziwnow Match Race, Dziwnow, Poland, 17 - 19 July 2015
Sopot Match Race, Sopot, Poland, 29 July - 1 August 2015
Knickerbocker Cup, New York, United States, 5 - 9 August 2015
Dutch Match Cup Qualifier, Lelystad, Netherlands, 21 - 23 August 2015
Bermuda National Match Racing Championship, Hamilton, Bermuda, 18 - 20 September 2015
Dutch Match Cup, Lelystad, Netherlands 23 - 27 September 2015
Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, Bermuda 6 - 11 October 2015
Monsoon Cup Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, 20 - 22 November 2015 (TBA)
Liga Layar Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia 18 - 20 December 2015 (TBA)
Monsoon Cup, Malaysia, 26 - 30 January 2016
Photo : WMRT