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Founded in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is featuring world class sailors including America’s Cup and Olympic champions, the WMRT brings together the very best match racing sailors in the world, in a global championship series.  WMRT is exclusively sanctioned with ‘Special Event Status’ by World Sailing, the sport’s world governing body.  The winner of the WMRT each year is crowned official Match Racing World Champion.

World Match Racing Tour
WMRT trophy.jpg
World Match Racing Tour
FormerlySwedish Match Tour
First held2001
Typematch-racing tour
ChampionsTorvar Mirsky (2017)
Most titlesIan Williams (5)
Websitewww.wmrt.com

Teams compete in different boats at from stage to stage of the World Match Racing Tour, however the boats supplied at each event are identical. To keep the competition 100% fair and equal, teams rotate boats throughout the event. This way, competing on the WMRT becomes about purely about the skill and strategy of the sailors.[1]

The nature of sport, with close to shore action, intense tactical skills and live analysis, offers host cities an excellent opportunity to present themselves positively to a global audience.

As one of only eight officially sanctioned World Sailing ‘Special Events’ – including the America’s Cup and The Ocean Race – WMRT is also the longest running global professional sailing series in the sport.  Previous Tour Champions include six-time world champion Ian Williams (GBR), Peter Gilmour (AUS), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Phil Robertson (NZL), Taylor Canfield (ISV) and defending Champion Torvay Mirsky from Australia.

The World Match Racing Tour has long been regarded by professional sailors as a pathway to the America’s Cup and as an opportunity for teams to hone their match racing skills at the highest level.  Since 2000, the WMRT has been a match racing series for monohull match racing, however this was changed in 2015 following the introduction of the M32 multihulls to the Tour.  Following the recent change in the America’s Cup to foiling monohulls for the 36tth edition of the Cup in 2021 in Auckland, it is expected that WMRT will continue to include events in monohulls, multihulls and why not, even foiling boats, starting in 2019.[2]

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HistoryEdit

Beginning of match racing tourEdit

The World Match Racing Tour in its current format started in year 2001. However, many of its regattas started earlier, e.g. the King Edward VII Gold Cup (now known as the Argo Group Gold Cup) in 1937 with American Briggs Cunningham as the first winner.[3]

During the mid-1990s, match racing receives greater interest and Fabergé, the cosmetic manufacturer used the brand Brut to form a match racing series. The series offered USD 250,000 of prize money, the highest prize awarded in sailing regattas. To win the big prize – and the Fabergé egg, the competitor had to win three out of five regattas in Bermuda, San Francisco, New York, Lymington and Séte – the Brut Cup.[4]

In 1997, Russell Coutts and his Team Magic wins the Fabergé Egg and the USD250,000 prize money. Brut left as a sponsor after that leaving the match racing series in a state of limbo. Swedish Match takes over as sponsors of the match racing series in 1998 and the creation of Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing began.[4]

Swedish Match Tour (2000–2006)Edit

In 2000, the Swedish Match Tour (formerly known as the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing) gets the official match racing sailing series sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation. Bertrand Pacé is the winner of the tour. In 2005, the first Asian event in the match racing circuit – Monsoon Cup – is added and marks the 50th event on the Swedish Match Tour.[4]

 
M32s in Match Cup Norway 2018.

World Championship (2006–present)Edit

In 2006, Swedish Match Tour becomes the World Match Racing Tour and gains status as the World Championship in match racing. Korea Match Cup joined the World Match Racing Tour in 2008. Great Britain's Royal Jeweler’s, Garrard & Co created the World Match Racing Tour trophy in 2011. In 2012, ALPARI UK Ltd becomes title sponsor of the tour – renaming it as the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.[4]

In 2015, the tour adopted a new format where competitions were grouped into two categories: championship events giving more points and tour events giving less points in the tour standings.[5] For the 2016 tour, M32 became the equipment.[6]

SponsorshipEdit

The World Match Racing Tour has been sponsored since 2000. The title sponsorship enables the tour's sponsorship name. There have been two sponsors since the tour's formation.

Year Sponsor
1998–1999 none (Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing)
2000–2006 Swedish Match (Swedish Match Tour)
2006–2011 No sponsor (World Match Racing Tour)
2012–2015 Alpari Group (Alpari World Match Racing Tour)[7]
2015–current No sponsor (World Match Racing Tour)

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Team
2000   Bertrand Pacé (FRA) Team New Zealand
2000–01   Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Team Stora Enso
2001–02   Peter Holmberg (USA) Oracle BMW Racing
2002–03   Jesper Radich (DEN) Team Radich
2003–04   Peter Gilmour (AUS) Pizza-La Sailing Team
2004–05   Peter Gilmour (AUS) Pizza-La Sailing Team
2005–06   Peter Gilmour (AUS) Pizza-La Sailing Team
2006–07   Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar
2008   Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar
2009   Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing
2010   Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin
2011   Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
2012   Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
2013   Taylor Canfield (ISV) USOne
2014   Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
2015[8]   Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
2016[9]   Phil Robertson (NZL) Phil Robertson Racing
2017[10]   Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2011-02-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-09-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.argogroupgoldcup.com/race-info/winners-since-1937
  4. ^ a b c d http://issuu.com/awmrt/docs/2014-mediapack
  5. ^ https://www.sail-world.com/USA/World-Match-Racing-Tour---New-world-tour-format-attracts-new-talent/134995
  6. ^ http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2017/07/03/skunked-world-match-racing-tour/
  7. ^ "ALPARI BACKS SAILING SERIES". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  8. ^ "Ian Williams dominates Monsoon Cup to win 6th World Title". www.sailing.org. World Sailing. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  9. ^ "ROBERTSON IS CROWNED THE MILLION DOLLAR WORLD CHAMPION". www.wmrt.com. World Match Racing Tour. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  10. ^ "TORVAR TOPPLES ROBERTSON TO WIN HIS FIRST WORLD TITLE". www.wmrt.com. World Match Racing Tour. 29 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2018.

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