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2 December 2009, 11:35 am
World Tour Announces 2010 Schedule And Tour Invite Policy
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The World Match Racing Tour has announced its 2010 season

World Match Racing Tour 2010

The 2010 World Match Racing Tour schedule will comprise of the same nine events as 2009 starting the year in France in April and ending once again in Malaysia, where the 2010 ISAF Match Racing World Champion will be decided.
A refined Tour Invite Policy for the 2010 season will be retained which will reward nine skippers and teams with guaranteed invites to six events of their choice for the year. "The Tour Card policy was first introduced at the beginning of the 2009 and overall it worked well but in order to improve upon it we have made a few revisions for next year." said Tour Director Craig Mitchell.

Based on a 9-event schedule, and a 12-team event format, at each event eight invitations will be allocated by the Tour Invite Policy, two invitations go to winners of Tour qualifying events, and two or more wild card invites will go to each event promoter.

For teams that don't get one of the nine Tour Cards they will still be able to race on the Tour through either an event wild card or at one of the 18 qualifying events that feed into the World Tour events.

New venues are also being targeted as the Tour plans to expand the number of events. "This is an exciting time for everyone involved in the Tour from competitors, events and staff a like. We look forward to taking the Tour to the next level and are excited by the future ahead" said acting President Peter Gilmour.

World Match Racing Tour - 2010 Schedule

Dates Event Venue Nation
6-11 Apr Marseille International Match Race Marseille France
19-24 May Match Race Germany Langenargen Germany
8-13 Jun Korea Match Cup Gyeonggi Korea
22-27 Jun Troia Portugal Match Cup Troia Portugal
5-11 Jul Match Cup Sweden Marstrand Sweden
31 Aug-5 Sep St Moritz Match Race St Moritz Switzerland
8-12 Sep Danish Open TBC Denmark
4-10 Octr Argo Group Gold Cup Hamilton Bermuda
30 Nov-5 Dec Monsoon Cup K.Terengganu Malaysia

The winner of the annual World Match Racing Tour is crowned as ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Find out more at www.sailing.org/matchworlds.

Yvonne Reid
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