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Entries Open for World Match Racing Tour in Miami

Published on January 2nd, 2017

Two back-to-back World Match Racing Tour events in the M32 high-speed catamaran will be held April 2017 on Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL.

The two WT level events will award World Championship points in the quest for the World Championship title in Match Racing as well as invitations to the finalists of each event to WC level events, the higher level events in the WMRT championship which are a place for more points and price money.

The WMRT Miami Match Cup (April 11-13) and WMRT Coconut Grove Cup (April 15-17) will each feature 8-10 teams sailing identical M32 catamarans over a three day format.

The two new events mark the first time the World Match Racing Tour has staged events in Florida. “Miami is one of the most popular winter sailing venues in the world and the protected waters of Biscayne Bay are ideal for match racing, particularly with the high performance M32’s,” Aston Harald Sports American Director James Pleasance explains. “Many of the top sailors know Miami well and these events will attract plenty of talent from North America as well as from Europe or Australia.”

WMRT Miami Match Cup will award the finalists invitations to the famous WMRT Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand, Sweden, last years venue for the World Championship finals. Finalists from the WMRT Coconut Grove Cup will be awarded invitations to WMRT Match Cup USA in August 2017.

Teams interested in applying for an invitation to the WMRT Miami Match Cup and WMRT Coconut Grove Cup are requested to contact WMRT Racing Director Craig Mitchell at craig.mitchell@astonharald.com

2017 WMRT Season

2017 World Championship Level Events:
WMRT Match Cup Australia, March 20-25
WMRT Congressional Cup, March 29-April 2
WMRT Northern Europe, June 6-11 (Venue announcement Jan 20)
WMRT Match Cup Sweden, July 3-8 (Venue announcement Feb 3)
WMRT Match Cup USA, August 1-6 (Venue announcement Jan 27)
WMRT Match Cup America, October 3-8 (Venue announcement Jan 31)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
WMRT Match Cup China, November 3-10 (Venue announcement Jan 17)

2016-17 World Tour Level Events:
WMRT Energa Sopot Match Race, July 29-31
WMRT West Coast Cup, September 19-21
WMRT Cape Crow Cup September 23-25
WMRT Swan River Match Cup, January 23-25
WMRT Geographe Bay Cup, February 11-17
WMRT Perth Match Cup, March 16-18
WMRT Ficker Cup, March 24-26
WMRT Miami Match Cup, April 11-13
WMRT Coconut Grove Cup, April 15-17

NOTE: More World Tour level announcements separately or in affiliation with WC level venue announcements.

Background: In 2013, Swedish company Aston Harald AB acquired the design and production rights to the one-design M32 catamarans. In July 2015, Aston Harald AB acquired the World Match Racing Tour, which then began the use of the M32 during the 2016 Tour. Launched in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour is the leading professional match racing series sanctioned by World Sailing.

For further information; www.wmrt.com

Source: World Match Racing Tour, Scuttlebutt

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