Plan set for Women’s Match Racing World Championship

Published on March 14th, 2018

The 2018 Women’s Match Racing World Championship will be held August 13-18 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Twelve skippers will be invited to compete in the Ricochet-747 with a crew of four or five members. The defending champion plus two skippers, selected by the organizing authority and World Sailing, will receive a direct invitation to attend the Championship. The remaining invitations will be based on the World Sailing World Match Racing Ranking list as of March 15, 2018.

Skippers will be seeded into a round robin or divided into two groups based on the World Sailing ranking list 30 days prior to the event.

The racing format for the event will consist of the following stages:
Stage 1 – Round Robin
Stage 2 – Repechage Round Robin
Stage 3 – Quarter Finals
Stage 4 – Semi-Finals
Stage 5 – Finals

Stage 1 may be conducted in groups or as a double round robin depending on the final number of entries.

More information in the Notice of Race… click here.

The Women’s Match Racing Worlds is an annual event which was first held in Genoa, Italy in 1999 after a successful event was held as part of the 1998 World Sailing World Championship in Dubai, UAE.

Skippers are invited to attend the Championship based on their World Sailing World Match Racing Ranking position.

The winning team at the World Sailing Women’s Match Racing World Championship are crowned World Champions and presented with the Francoise Pascal Memorial – Women’s Match Racing World Championship Trophy. The trophy is named in honour of the late Francoise Pascal, a former Vice-President of the Fédération Française de Voile and a hugely influential figure in the growth of women’s match racing.

The first, second and third place overall team receive World Sailing Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively. In addition, the first-placed skipper following the round robins is presented with the World Sailing Nucci Novi Ceppellini Memorial Trophy. The trophy is named after Nucci Novi Ceppellini, World Sailing Vice-President from 1998-2008, who passed away in February 2008 after many years dedicated to the sport, with women’s match racing one of her particular passions.

Great Britain was crowned recent 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Champions, sailed by; Lucy Macgregor, Silja Frost, Rosie Watkins, Imogen Stanley, Charlotte Lawrence.

For more about the history of the Women’s Match Racing Worlds… click here.

Source: World Sailing

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