Sweden launches World Match Racing Tour 2018
Published on July 4th, 2018
Marstrand, Sweden (July 4, 2018) – The qualifying stage began for 12 teams at GKSS Match Cup Sweden 2018, the first event of the World Match Racing Tour.
Racing in the M32 catamaran, the format divides the competitors in groups for fleet racing so all teams get to race against each other. The early results have Yann Guichard (FRA) winning three of his four races, with Taylor Canfield (ISV) also showing form with three bullets.
Following the completion of the qualifying stage, the lower 8 teams will go to knock out in a repechage stage, and the 4 winners of this repechage round will meet the fleet racing top 4 in the Quarterfinals.
This will be followed by semifinals, petite final and final. The top teams according to the fleet racing results will be able to choose their opponent for the next knock out stage up to the semi-finals.
Racing is planned for July 4 to 8.
2018 World Match Racing Tour
Match Cup Sweden: 3-8th July
Match Cup Norway: 26-29th July
Match Racing World Championship (Shenzhen, China): 8-12th November
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.