World Match Racing Tour championship final. Condiciones ideales en el inicio.

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Marstrand, Sweden (3 July 2019) The island of Marstrand on the west coast of Sweden today proved why it is one of the best sailing venues in the world, as the twelve teams competing in the World Match Racing Tour championship finals revelled in spectacular conditions for fleet race Qualifying of the five day event. 2016 Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson (NZL) and his China One Ningbo team finished the day on top of the fleet leaderboard with a solid 2-1-2-1 performance.

Sailing under a single reef in a 20-22 knot WNW breeze with gusts to 30 knots at the windward gate in the afternoon, the trio of Match Racing World Champions – Phil Robertson (China One Ningbo), Ian Williams (GAC Pindar) and Taylor Canfield (US One) were quick to post scores on the board, along with last year’s GKSS Match Cup Sweden winner Yann Guichard (Spindrift Racing). Defending World Match Racing Champion Torvar Mirsky (Cetilar Mirsky Racing Team) had a more disappointing day lying 8th after Day 1.

After two 3rd place finishes, Australian Harry Price (Down Under Racing) found his boat without a rig while practising for his third race. ‘We were just bearing away during the practise between races and the rig just fell forward’ said a surprised Price after the incident. Fortunately, the rig remained fully in tact during its fall and, despite having to take average points for the race, Price and team were quick to retrieve the rig with the on-water support team.

The GKSS Match Cup Sweden event this celebrates its 25th year in 2019, a long term flagship event of the World Match Racing Tour since its inception in 2000, then named the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour. Spectators arrived in their thousands to the island today ahead of what promises to be a thrilling finale to the 2018-2019 World Match Racing Tour season. Amongst the crowd was former Swedish Match Tour champion and local match racing celebrity Magnus Holmberg, proudly supporting his son Måns sailing in the event.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for strong winds ahead of clearer conditions for Friday and the weekend. Racing is scheduled to start at 10am.

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World Match Racing Tour Final, anuncian a los participantes.

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London, UK (17 April, 2019) The World Match Racing Tour has announced the skipper line-up for the 2018-2019 WMRT Championship Final from 3-7 July in Marstrand, Sweden hosted by the GKSS Match Cup Sweden. The list of world class sailors features three former match racing world champions including defending champion Torvar Mirsky (AUS), six-time world champion Ian Williams (GBR) and 2016 world champion Phil Robertson (NZL).

The 2018-2019 WMRT Championship Final will conclude the extended 2018 WMRT season as announced last month. The winner of the event will be crowned 2018-2019 Match Racing World Champion as sanctioned by World Sailing, and will have their name engraved on to the WMRT Championship Trophy made by Royal Jewellers Garrard & Co.

Eleven of the top twelve teams from the WMRT leaderboard have accepted invitations to the Championship Final including French multihull maestro Yann Guichard and his Spindrift Racing team. After finishing on the podium at the 2017 WMRT Finals in Shenzhen China, the team have their sights firmly set on a win in Marstrand.

Also with his sights on the podium is Dutch Olympic Finn sailor Pieter-Jan ‘PJ’ Postma and his Sailing Team NL. Currently ranked #11 on the WMRT leaderboard, Postma finished 4th at the 2017 WMRT Finals in Marstrand, a venue which he and his team certainly found their stride as he explained;

“I am hugely excited to be competing at the WMRT Finals in Marstrand. It is a very challenging venue but it suits our sailing style well as a team. We have had a lot of time sailing our own M32 since then, so we are feeling confident for a good finish this year!”

Due to his 49er Olympic commitments, Danish sailor Jonas Warrer, currently ranked #9 on the WMRT leaderboard, is unfortunately unable to make the event and the invitation will be passed to a replacement skipper and team to be announced in the coming weeks.

The five-day WMRT Championship Final will be raced in M32 carbon fibre multihulls on the legendary Marstrand racecourse, a short and technically challenging racing area requiring split decisions by teams at speeds over 25knots. The iconic rocks that flank either side of the course offer the ultimate stadium view of the racing for the tens of thousands of spectators that will flock to the island during the event to enjoy the weeks festivities and lively social scene.

Confirmed skippers for the WMRT Championship Final are as follows;

Nicklas Dackhammer (SWE) Essiq Racing Team
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
Yann Guichard (FRA) Spindrift Racing
Harry Price (AUS) Down Under Racing
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
Mans Holmberg (SWE) Holmberg Match Racing Team
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
Markus Edegran (USA) Team Torrent
Phil Robertson (NZL) China One Ningbo
Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) Sailing Team NL
Daniel Björnholt (DEN) Youth Vikings Denmark
To be announced

Full details of each team including skipper bios and crew lists will be announced in the run up to the July event and made available on the WMRT website.

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WMRT, la final 2018 (inconclusa) será finalmente en Marstrand.

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London, UK (March 20, 2019) The World Match Racing Tour, under new ownership since 1 January, has announced an extension to the 2018 season in order to complete the World Championship following its sale by Aston Harald in December. The revised 2018-2019 WMRT Final will take place in Marstrand, Sweden over 3-7 July, hosted by the GKSS Match Cup Sweden. The event will be sailed in M32 catamarans and the winner will be crowned 2018-2019 Match Racing World Champion, as sanctioned by World Sailing.

The decision to extend the 2018 season follows feedback from teams and stakeholders keen to complete last year’s unfinished season. WMRT Executive Director James Pleasance explains: “Teams invested in the Tour last year to win the World Championship. The Tour was sold before a Final took place and we have extended the schedule to ensure the World Championship title is properly awarded. The GKSS Match Cup Sweden has always been a flagship event of the Tour and we are excited to partner with them to host the World Championship.”

The top 12 teams from the current WMRT leaderboard will be invited to compete in Sweden. They include defending Match Racing World Champion Torvar Mirsky (AUS), and former World Champions Phil Robertson (NZL) and Ian Williams (GBR).

Looking for his first world championship win is the current leader of the WMRT rankings, Nicklas Dackhammer. The young Swede commented: “ESSIQ Racing Team is really looking forward to the WMRT Final in July. Although we are currently on top of the leaderboard, it’s a winner-take-all championship, so we will have to bring our best game. But we know the M32 well and we have a hometown advantage in Marstrand, which will hopefully give us an edge.”

Winner of the 2018-2019 World Championship will receive the magnificent sterling silver WMRT trophy, commissioned in 2011 from Royal British jeweller Garrard & Co., who famously in 1848 crafted the world’s oldest sporting trophy – the America’s Cup.

The WMRT Championship Final will take place over five days in Marstrand from 3-7 July. Official host GKSS Match Cup Sweden will also stage, in parallel, a Women’s Match Racing Trophy to be held over the duration of the event and featuring six teams.

Planning ahead for the World Match Racing Tour

As a result of extending the 2018-19 WMRT season, the Tour will announce a 2019-2020 season scheduled to start in the latter part of this year.

Going forwards it is the intention of the WMRT’s new owners to return the Tour to its roots, with a remit for the series and an organisational structure for 2019-2020 and the future similar to how it was before Aston Harald’s tenure.

James Pleasance explains: “The World Match Racing Tour was founded on a very simple premise: To grow top level match racing by bringing together a series of existing and new events under a common ‘World Series’ brand. Each event is run independently but benefits from the added value that being part of a World Tour brings through global exposure and partnerships – the sum being greater than that of the parts.

Our plan is to return the Tour to have 8-10 world championship events per year and generate financial value to both sailors and sponsors through international media coverage and prize money. Qualifier events will give an open opportunity for any match racing sailor to become World Champion.”

The World Match Racing Tour remains one of the few events granted ‘Special Event’ status by the world governing body of the sport, World Sailing. Originally a single annual event, since 2006, the Match Racing World Championship has been decided annually over the multiple events that comprise the World Match Racing Tour.

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GKSS Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand. Triunfos para Anna Östling y Yann Guichard.


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Östling and Guichard Are Champions as Marstrand Celebrates a Quarter Century of Match Racing

Marstrand, Sweden (July 8, 2018) – After five days of glamorous conditions in Marstrand, GKSS Match Cup Sweden delivered crowd pleasers all round in its 25th anniversary year, with local victory in the GKSS Women’s Trophy and a photo finish for the WMRT Open Class.

Competing for the GKSS Women’s Trophy today was M32 and WMRT regular Anna Östling, up against the very experienced and former Olympic match racer, Renee Groeneveld. Östling looked dominative in the first two matches as her experience in the boat was clear. Groeneveld threw down a world-class match racing game, but each time Östling had the perfect response.

At 2-0 down Groeneveld knew she had to pull something out of the bag. In the pre-start both boats were up against the rocks on Marstrand island, stalling speed neither wanting to lead back to the line. As the gun sounded Östling led, just, but the crew had an override and lost control of the gennaker, allowing Groeneveld to take the lead.

Into the first upwind gate, the Swedish team were back just ahead and managed to tack just in front of the Dutch. With no overlap, Groeneveld was forced into a difficult situation. She tried to slow and go below but ended up missing the mark. From that point the race was over as Team Anna opened up a strong lead through to the finish line and took the series 3-0.

Not since 2015 have the fans on the shore had a local winner to cheer, and not since 2005 in the Women’s class, so Anna Östling and her crew were certainly popular today.

In the WMRT Open Class, a great duel was set as Yann Guichard, looking impressive all week with his boat handling and match racing game, was up against the six-time World Champion and 2011 Match Cup Sweden winner, Ian Williams.

Neither Williams nor Guichard were playing up to the media with the usual fighting talk which can be expected ahead of a WMRT Final, a sure sign both skippers knew it was to be a closely fought final. Guichard has been unstoppable in boat speed since day one of this regatta, but of course taking on Williams in a match racing competition was to be a tall order.

In match one, after what appeared a relatively tame pre-start from the shore, Ian Williams was over the line early and was forced to allow Guichard past to clear his penalty. From that point the Frenchman had a clear run around the course and extended his lead to win the first.

In the second, Guichard was again ahead from the start but this time the British team of GAC Pindar was sailing much quicker and kept on the heels of Spindrift Racing, but at the final top mark Guichard chose not to be drawn in to Williams’ match race baiting and he sailed off to another convincing win. From the commentary booth, World Champion Torvar Mirsky commented, “Ian Williams is trying to engage and I think he has been surprised at the match racing skill of Guichard.”

With Spindrift Racing at match point, just one win away from taking the GKSS Match Cup Sweden trophy, Ian Williams struck back. In the pre-start the Brit used the rocks to get out of Guichard’s trap very cleverly and led off the start line. Guichard’s boat speed was, as ever, constantly high but Ian Williams was back in his usual grove and could hold off the French through all six legs to take victory and bring the scoreline to 2-1 Guichard.

As the wind continued to build up to a solid 15 knots, the stage was set for another match point spectacular, this time with winning momentum on the side of the GAC Pindar team.

A tight pre-start ensued in the fourth, Guichard swinging his bow under Williams looking for a luff in the final seconds but Williams held strong and Guichard swung clear.

Coming into mark three Guichard owned the favoured right side, but in came Williams from the left, tacking inside the zone and Guichard failed to give enough room, copping a penalty to let Williams into the lead and extend away.

After Guichard convincingly took the first two matches, it seemed this pairing would not be so exciting as the hype indicated, but the experience of Williams to take back two must-win races setup a spectacular winner-take-all final race at GKSS Match Cup Sweden.

At the start, Williams to windward, the pair crossed the line dead even. As they split and simultaneously rounded the downwind gate, the two were bow-to-bow through to the next mark. On the second upwind, Guichard crossed ahead just metres before the final mark. As the Frenchman powered downwind, an ever catching Williams caught new air and flew to close the gap right down.

Coming at the finish line as the metres closed down, Guichard was slowing and Williams was building. The crowd in the grandstand were on the edge of their seats and with a perfect view of the photo finish they roared to see Yann Guichard’s Spindrift Racing win by just a metre.

“It was so crazy.” Said Guichard directly after the win. “I was so proud of the team. The last leg was completely crazy. At the windward mark we were so close. What an amazing week for us, a first win on the World Match Racing Tour. I believed we could lose it. A small mistake, we gybe with no dagger board. But, we won!”

Speaking from the prize ceremony, runner-up Ian Williams said. “I am pleased with the performance of Team GAC Pindar today, but Yann and his Spindrift Racing were too good for us on the day. We are now looking forward to Risør in two weeks and hopefully getting our revenge!”

Guichard finished by saying. “We have not had much time to practice this winter, but we spent a lot on that last year and now we have built a good playbook. Everybody keeps saying Guichard is fast, he’s fast. But I don’t know if I am an expert in match racing. But now definitely I am better in the pre-start. We won yesterday against Dackhammar and today won four of the five starts.”

In the Petit Final Stage, Olivia Mackay took 3rd place in a 2-1 victory over Australia’s Clare Costanzo. In the Open Class, local skipper Nicklas Dackhammar gave the home fans something to cheer about as he took down Harry Price 2-0, his best result yet at GKSS Match Cup Sweden.

Next up for the World Match Racing Tour is Risør, Norway as the Tour stays in Scandinavia. The event will run 26-29th July.

WMRT, temporada 2018 con mismos barcos pero nuevo formato.

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New Season, New Format

The World Match Racing Tour will move to a shorter format for the 2018 season with just 12 teams invited to each event. The fleet racing spectacle, with six M32 catamarans fighting it out on the same racecourse, will remain in place as the Qualifying stage at each regatta and will seed teams for the match racing knockouts. Match racing will commence directly after Qualifying with a Repechage knockout stage for the bottom 8 from which the winners in each match join the top 4 from Qualifying in the Quarter Finals. Semi Final and Final stages will follow and a champion will be crowned.

As with the past two seasons, points will accumulate over the year at both Championship level events and World Tour level qualifiers, as we countdown to the 2018 Match Racing World Championship. Invitations to the final event will be given to the top 12 teams on the WMRT Leaderboard following the penultimate Championship level event on this year’s Tour. Points are accumulated from both Championship level and World Tour level qualifier events with one discard given for a team’s lowest score.

Why the Change in Format?

A shorter format with less teams means higher quality match racing over an intense period. Of the 12 invites available, six will go to Tour Card holders leaving four qualifying spaces and two wild cards at each event. This means that only the top match racing talent will make the cut to gain entry and help to keep the Word Match Racing Tour at the peak of match race sailing. Fewer days of competition means a tougher road to the final for most teams. The Super 16 Stage rarely produced a shock victory and was often treated as a practice session by the top teams. Exchanging the Super 16 stage for a Repechage stage will give the lower ranked teams more match practice before facing the top seeded teams and gives more sailing time to those who would have been eliminated in the Sail Off stage under the previous format.

Season Outline
Match Cup Sweden: 3-8th July
Match Cup Norway: 26-29th July
Match Racing World Championship (Shenzhen, China): 8-12th November

In the build up to the Match Racing World Championship we are currently in discussions with multiple venues to add a fifth event to the 2018 season. Further details of this will be confirmed soon. Final details around the Match Racing World Championship are being organised and a detailed announcement will be made soon.

Marstrand, the home of the World Match Racing Tour, will of course remain on the calendar and for 2018 will mark the opening of the season. A new addition this year will be a trip even further north to Risör, Norway. Similar to Sweden’s island of Marstrand, Risör is a Scandinavian summer hotspot and the two are often compared. Locals lined the harbour wall last summer when the M32 Series Scandinavia arrived in town, and with the added attraction of the World-class sailors that the WMRT brings the event in Risör is expected to produce a fantastic atmosphere to welcome all. Six-time Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams said, “Risor is a gorgeous town on Norway’s East coast that GAC Pindar enjoyed visiting on the 2017 Scandinavian Series. It is a protected flat water sailing venue that will provide for a tight race course with complex wind and tidal eddies so will be a very tactical venue to sail in.”

Finals Back to China
For the second year China will play host to the final spectacle of the World Match Racing Tour season as WMRT China partners with the China Cup International Regatta to deliver the Match Racing Word Championship. After the success of the 2017 World Championship, there is a great appetite among teams and spectators to head east again this year.

“The seed has been planted in China to develop homegrown World-class match racing and last year’s event certainly stood out amongst what else was happening within China at the time. The media response to WMRT was successful and has generated interest from other Chinese cities looking to bring this match racing spectacle to them.” Said Chris Lee of WMRT China.

Partnering with the 12th Annual China Cup allows WMRT to be present at the peak of Asian sailing and to aid the expansion and development of Asia’s largest sailing regatta. With the nail-biting end to last year’s championship, Torvar Mirsky and his Mirsky Racing Team will be in full force aiming for Shenzhen again this year, looking to defend their title.

Zhong Yong, CEO of China Cup International Regatta, believes that the continued cooperation between China Cup International Regatta and WMRT in 2018 is the recognition to the platform that CCIR provides. This joint-event signals the continuous development in competitiveness and diversity of China Cup International Regatta: “This cooperation of two internationally renowned sailing event strengthen the influence of the host city–Shenzhen in the field of maritime. It also helped promoted Shenzhen as a global metropolis. The M32 catamaran is perfect for close to shore action. Last year it has drawn attentional not only the sailing enthusiasts but also non-sailor spectators. What’s more, the America’s Cup, WMRT trophy, China Cup have debuted on the same stage at the closing ceremony which highlighted the status of Shenzhen in international sailing. I have no doubt that as M32 one design class joining China Cup, WMRT finals will encourage Chinese sailing enthusiasts to understand and participate international high-performance sailing race. I hope one day a team from China can excel in WMRT.”

How to Get There

More details of qualifying events and the Tour Card Holder lineup for this season will be announced in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, to express interest in entry to any World Tour level qualifying event in you region please contact Details of the six World Match Racing Tour Tour Card Holders will be announced in the following days.

Porto Alegre Match Cup, triunfo para el equipo Marinha do Brasil.

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Equipe Marinha do Brasil/Veleiros do Sul é a campeã da 6ª Porto Alegre Match Cup

A Copa foi o primeiro evento do circuito International da Match Race Super League 2018

O título da 6ª Porto Alegre Match Cup foi conquistado pela equipe Marinha do Brasil/VDS, formada por Geison Mendes/Gustavo Thiesen e Martin Rump neste domingo no Veleiros do Sul. Os gaúchos derrotaram na fase final a Arrivederci, do Iate Clube do RJ, com Victor Demaison/Fábio Pillar/Guilherme Hamelmann (RJ) por 3 a 0 numa série de melhor de cinco regatas. Na disputa pelo terceiro lugar, o time de Philipp Grochtmann/ Vilnei Goldmeier/ Rodolfo Streibel (Veleiros do Sul) venceu o trio Renata Decnop/ Fernanda Decnop e Tatiana Ribeiro, da Check Mate/Marinha/RJ por 2 a 1 na melhor de três regatas.

No último dia da Match Cup tensos duelos marcaram a competição no rio Guaíba. Nas três regatas da final, o time de Victor Demaison não completou nenhum dos matches por ter sofrido três pênaltis, em cada prova, dos árbitros que acompanhavam de um bote os confrontos. Foi uma final singular para a Arrivederci que tinha terminado em primeiro lugar na fase de classificação, mas isso faz parte do jogo. Após comemorarem a vitória, o timoneiro Geison Mendes falou sobre a participação na Porto Alegre Match Cup.

“A competição começou com vento fraco, mas a chegada da frente fria neste domingo criou-se uma situação muito boa para os matches. Os confrontos de barco contra barco ficaram mais intensos. Para nós valeu também para nos atualizarmos sobre as mudanças das novas regras para o match race”, disse Geison.

A semifinal foi difícil para os campeões. A equipe de Philipp Grotchmann teve boa atuação. Com o placar de 1 a 1 eles foram para o último match e venceram em cima da linha de chegada. A série final também foi de confrontos radicais antes mesmo da regata. Na primeira regata, o barco da Arrivederci prendeu a quilha no cabo da CR, conseguiu se desvencilhar, mas depois tomou mais dois pênaltis e bandeira preta. Os outros matches também seriam uma repetição de penalidades.

“Nos posicionamos bem em todas as pré-largadas e isso nos deu sempre vantagem na regata, porém não imaginávamos de vencer a fase final dessa forma, com nossos adversários desclassificados nas três regatas”, comentou o sargento Geison. Os campeões da Porto Alegre Match Cup também ficaram com o título brasileiro de Match Race 2018 da primeira etapa do circuito Sul-americano de Match Race.

A dupla da Marinha do Brasil/VDS segue nesta segunda-feira para Palma de Mallorca, onde disputarão o 49º Troféu Princesa Sofia na classe 470. Geison e Gustavo integram a Equipe Brasileira Olímpica da CBVela e estão em campanha olímpica para Tóquio 2020.

A 6ª Porto Alegre Match Cup contou com oito equipes do RS, DF, RJ e BA. A Copa foi o primeiro evento do circuito International da Match Race Super League, composto por 17 torneios em 14 países. A Super League está atrelada a Match Racing Association Inc que promove a modalidade de competição em todo o mundo.

No final do evento teve a entrega de prêmios no salão do Veleiros do Sul. O comodoro Eduardo Ribas saudou os presentes e destacou a presença dos comandantes da Marinha: Vice-almirante José Renato de Oliveira, comandante do 5º Distrito Naval, em Rio Grande, o Contra-almirante Cláudio Henrique Mello de Almeida, Diretor de Aeronáutica da Marinha e o Capitão de mar e guerra Amaury Marcial Jr. capitão dos portos em Porto Alegre.

O comodoro Ribas falou sobre a Porto Alegre Match Cup e o atual papel da Marinha no esporte olímpico brasileiro, destacando a vela e as tripulações que participaram da POA Match Cup. Ribas agradeceu aos árbitros do evento, em especial ao Nelson Ilha. “Sem participação do Nelson não teríamos conseguido realizar a Copa”, disse Ribas.

Como presidente da Associação Brasileira de Match Race (Abramatch), Nelson falou aos presentes sobre a participação da Super League no match race internacional e agradeceu o apoio e dedicação da equipe do Veleiros do Sul para a realização da Match Cup. O chefe dos árbitros, o argentino Flávio Naveira também falou aos presentes e convidou para a próxima etapa do Sul-americano de match em Buenos Aires.

Também estavam presentes na premiação o vice-presidente do Conselho Deliberativo Eduardo Scheidegger Jr., Geraldo Sperb, presidente da Soamar Porto Alegre e Maria Conceição Nogueira Pires, presidente da Federaclubes.

Classificação final

1º Geison Mendes – Marinha/VDS
2º Victor Demaison – Arrivederci
3º Philipp Grochtmann – Veleiros do Sul
4º Renata Decnop Check – Mate/Marinha
5º Felipe Rondina – Antigos/ICB
6º Juliana Duque – YC Bahia
7º Nicholas Grael – Marinha/ICRJ
8º Mauro Leite – YCPE

Match Races


Geison Mendes (Marinha do Brasil/VDS) 3 X 0 Victor Demaison (Arrivederci)


Renata Decnop (Check Mate/Marinha) 1 X 2 Victor Demaison (Arrivederci)

Philipp Grochtmann (VDS) 1 X 2 Geison Mendes (Marinha do Brasil/VDS)

Disputa da terceira colocação

Philipp Grochtmann (VDS) 2 X 0 Renata Decnop (Check Mate/Marinha)

Porto Alegre Match Cup, toda la información de la sexta edición del campeonato.

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6ª Porto Alegre Match Cup começa na sexta-feira

As equipes foram definidas após a confirmação dos convites pelo Veleiros do Sul.

A competição contará com oito times: dois do RS, três do RJ, um do Distrito Federal, um da Bahia e um do Uruguai. Os timoneiros que estarão no Veleiros do Sul são nomes conhecidos da vela nacional com vários títulos em diferentes classes de barcos.

A Porto Alegre Match Cup terá regatas a partir da sexta-feira (23) e a final será no domingo (25). O Match Race é uma modalidade de regata de barco contra barco e somente as equipes vão sendo trocadas a cada disputa. Na primeira fase – round robin – todas as tripulações se enfrentam entre si para a apuração dos semifinalistas (mata-mata) e a final.

A sexta edição da Porto Alegre Match Cup será o primeiro evento do circuito de 2018 da International Match Race Super League, composto por 17 torneios em 14 países. A Super League está atrelada a Match Racing Association Inc que promove a modalidade de competição em todo o mundo. A Copa também será válida como Campeonato Brasileiro de Match Race de 2018 e primeira etapa Sul-americana.

Os barcos para as regatas serão os da classe Elliott 6m, com três tripulantes, todos idênticos e que serão fornecidos pelo Veleiros do Sul. O Elliott já foi classe olímpica em Londres 2012 e foi um projeto pensado para disputas de match race: barco contra barco, onde manobras rápidas e táticas apuradas são pontos fortes da regata.

O Porto Alegre Match Cup será o grande evento da modalidade de match race de 2018 no Brasil. Ele valerá pontos, Grau 3, para o ranking da World Sailing. O Veleiros do Sul conta com experiência em campeonatos internacionais e colocará sua estrutura náutica e em terra para a realização da Copa, além de sua tradicional hospitalidade.

Nº Timoneiros Equipes

1 Victor Hector Demaison Arrivederci
2 Geison Mendes Dzioubanov Marinha do Brasil/VDS
3 Philipp Grochtmann Veleiros do Sul
4 Felipe Rondina Antigos
5 Renata Decnop Check Mate Match Racing
6 Juliana Duque Yacht Clube da Bahia
7 Nicolas Pelicano Grael Marinha do Brasil/ICRJ
8 Mauro Leite Yacht Club Punta del Este

Porto Alegre Match Cup será parte de la Match Race Super League, toda la información.

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Porto Alegre Match Cup fará parte da internacional Super League

Veleiros do Sul realizará a 6ª Porto Alegre Match Cup entre os dias 22 e 25 de março. A Copa abrirá o circuito de 2018 da Match Race Super League que é disputado em 14 países

Sede de grandes eventos de Match Race internacionais, o Veleiros do Sul espera neste ano contar novamente com a presença de experientes velejadores. A edição desse ano tem um significado ainda maior por ser o primeiro evento do circuito de 2018 da International Match Race Super League, composto por 17 torneios em 14 países. A Super League está atrelada a Match Racing Association Inc que promove a modalidade de competição em todo o mundo. A Copa também será válida como Campeonato Brasileiro de Match Race de 2018 e primeira etapa Sul-americana.
O Porto Alegre Match Cup está aberto por meio de convites aos comandantes interessados. Serão 12 equipes, divididas em chaves, todos os competidores disputam entre si, numa primeira fase, para apuração dos semifinalistas e, posteriormente, dos finalistas. Os barcos para as regatas serão os da classe Elliott 6m, com três tripulantes, todos identicos e que serão fornecidos pelo Veleiros do Sul. O Elliott já foi classe olímpica em Londres 2012 e foi um projeto pensado para disputas de match race: barco contra barco, onde manobras rápidas e táticas apuradas são pontos fortes da regata.

O Porto Alegre Match Cup será o grande evento da modalidade de match race de 2018 no Brasil. Ele valerá pontos, Grau 3, para o ranking da World Sailing. O Veleiros do Sul conta com experiência em campeonatos internacionais e colocará sua estrutura náutica e em terra para a realização da Copa, além de sua tradicional hospitalidade. Os velejadores que tiverem interesse em participar poderão fazer suas pré-inscrições no site do Clube: , email: e no facebook: @poamatchcup
O Veleiros do Sul também fechou parcerias com a Convention e Visitors Bureau, Porto Alegre, e o Hotel Blue Tree Millenium, que colocará à disposição dos velejadores hospedagens com bom descontos. Os participantes também terão a opção de se hospedarem nos alojamentos do Clube.





Chicago Match Cup, triunfo para Ian Williams.



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Williams Shuts Out Champion To Win Chicago Match Cup

Chicago (IL), USA (October 1, 2017) – In front of a cheering crowd at Navy Pier, Lake Michigan turned on all the drama for the final day of the Chicago Match Cup as Ian Williams, skipper of GAC Pindar, defeated current Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson in a tour de force shutout victory.

The win could be a preview of things to come in three weeks time in Shenzhen, China where the two skippers meet for the last time this season to decide who will win the overall 2017 Tour and the Match Racing World Championship.

“This is great for the team. Phil’s been dominating all year making us all look a bit silly so it’s nice to knock him off his perch”, said an enthusiastic Williams after just crossing the finish line.

Williams’ roll started early in the Semi Final stage started early with the British skipper knocking off Australian Sam Gilmour 3-0 in an enthralling battle which saw penalties galore, but the scoreline told of a dominating victory.

Elsewhere in the Semi Finals, easily the most contestable matchup of the day occurred between current Match Racing World Champion Robertson and former Match Racing World Champion Taylor Canfield in an epic showdown, fought all the way to a fifth race in the first-to-three series.

It was in this series that hometown Chicago favorite Canfield looked to have booked his ticket into the finals after going up 2-1. However, the fourth race seemingly foreshadowed Canfield’s fate when after handing a double blue penalty to Robertson at the start and jumping out to a four-boat length lead, he opted to gybe and take the less favored bottom mark allowing Robertson to cross on the next tack and extend for the win.

Moving to the Finals, Williams quickly got on the board early with a win in the first race only to narrowly avoid taking a loss in the second after winning the start.

Leading for the majority of the first three legs, Robertson managed to pull back at the first windward mark from where he mounted attack after attack on the downwind, finally forcing Williams into drawing a boundary penalty after he pinned the China One Ningbo skipper out of the race course resulting in contact between the two teams.

However, clearing the penalty at the bottom gate, Williams hooked into a shift on the right hand side of the course to challenge the Kiwi at the final top mark rounding, barely gaining mark protection and clearing ahead in time to limit Robertson from any chance to mount a luff on the final reach to the finish.

An OCS (on course side) penalty at the start of the third race for Robertson sealed his fate as Williams extended through the course handily, winning the 2017 Chicago Match Cup.

After the conclusion of racing, Robertson reflected on the level of competition. “I think we are seeing the fleet take a big jump forward which is good – everyone is very competitive – even Evan Walker pushed us to the limit”, said the China One Ningbo skipper. “Ian absolutely out sailed us today.”

On being the favorites going into the final event in China in three weeks, Robertson acknowledged he had a target on his back. “No doubt every single team out there wants us to lose. We are trying to ramp up towards then and learn what we can, and take it into the big one. We have a title to defend; and Ian’s just peaked too early so that’s good. So now we’re looking for redemption.”

The World Match Racing Tour now heads to Shenzhen, China running 24-29th October for the sixth and final stop on the 2017 World Match Racing Tour where the battle between Phil Robertson’s China One Ningbo team and Ian William’s Team GAC Pindar will be put to the test once and for all.

Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar 3-0 Sam Gilmour (AUS), Neptune Racing
Phil Robertson (NZL), China One Ningbo 3-2 Taylor Canfield (ISV), US One

Taylor Canfield (ISV), US One 2-0 Sam Gilmour (AUS), Neptune Racing

Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar 3 – 0 Phil Robertson (NZL), China One Ningbo