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26 January 2009, 01:17 pm
World Tour Announce Qualification Series Schedule And Wild Cards For 2009
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The 2009 World Tour Qualification Series schedule and details of the World Tour wild cards have been announced - providing a new path to the Tour for those skippers aiming to compete in the race for the 2009 ISAF Match Racing World Championship.
In addition to teams holding a Tour Card there are two alternative ways to gain an entry to the Tour. The first is to apply directly to the event promoter for one of their Wild Cards, all events have at least two, and the second is to take part in a World Tour Qualification Series (TQS) event. Each Tour event will invite two skippers from their designated qualifiers.

"The introduction of the Tour Qualifier Series in 2008 was a huge success and we are pleased with how it has developed not only as a platform for up and coming skippers but also as a foundation for future events. Marseille International Match Race participated as a TQS event last year and has now been recognised as a Tour event for 2009. It is rewarding to see ideas grow and succeed," said Tour Director Craig MITCHELL.

2009 World Tour Qualification Series
Tour Stage Nation TQS Event Date
Marseille International Match Race France Y's Cup 7-8 February 2009
Match Race Germany Germany German Championship 2008 Completed
Berlin Match Race 2008 Completed
Korea Match Cup Korea Korea Match Cup Qualifier 14-17 May 2009
Portugal Match Cup Portugal Campeonato Absolto de MR Completed
Qualifier 2 TBC
Match Cup Sweden Sweden GKSS Spring Cup 30-31 May 2009
Sails of the White Nights (Russia) 9-14 June 2009
St Moritz Match Race Switzerland Swiss MR Championship 16-19 April 2009
Open de Espana (Spain) 21-25 April 2009
Danish Open Denmark TMC DO Qualifier 6-7 June 2009
Warren Jones Youth Regatta (Australia) 27- 30 January 2009
Brasil Sailing Cup Brazil Campeonato Estadual de MR 24-26 April 2009
Detroit Cup (USA) 17-21 June 2009
King Edward VII Gold Cup Bermuda Bermuda MR Nationals 29 August 2009
Knickerbocker Cup (USA) 26-30 August 2009
Monsoon Cup Malaysia Malaysian Nationals November 2009
Asian Championships November 2009

For an entry to a TQS event you should contact the event directly.

Contacts for the TQS events can be found at www.worldmatchracingtour.com.

ISAF Match Racing World Championship - www.sailing.org/matchworlds

Yvonne Reid
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