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23 March 2009, 03:17 pm
AINSLIE Leads TEAMORIGIN Crew On World Match Racing Tour
TEAMORIGIN competing on the 2008 World Tour at Bermuda
TEAMORIGIN, pictured competing on the 2008 World Tour at Bermuda, will form one of the major challengers for 2009

World Match Racing Tour

TEAMORIGIN the British challenger for the 33rd America's Cup skippered by triple Olympic gold medallist Ben AINSLIE will compete on the 2009 World Match Racing Tour having secured the final Tour Card.
Ben AINSLIE (GBR), Olympic gold medal winner at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Games and a silver medallist in Atlanta, will lead the TEAMORIGIN crew as helmsman. The all-star team will also includes double Olympic gold medallist, Iain PERCY (GBR), Matt CORNWELL (GBR) and Christian KAMP (DEN), who will compete at up to nine match racing events around the world, starting with Match Race Germany on 27 May and culminating with the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia in December.

The World Match Racing Tour is the annual series to decide the ISAF Match Racing World Championship. In 2009, the Tour consists of 10 stages, culminating at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia.

AINSLIE says competing on the World Tour will give the crew invaluable racing experience, "Since TEAMORIGIN was formed there has been limited opportunity for us to sail as a team. The Tour will allow us to compete at a high level of match racing competition whilst we develop our core sailing team. We look forward to competing on the Tour this year and having a shot at the World Championship. The Tour will aid in our preparations for the next Cup as and when it happens."

For AINSLIE and PERCY, better known for their phenomenal Olympic success, the World Match Racing Tour, as well as a natural stepping stone on their path to the America's Cup, presents a new challenge for the pair and the chance to follow the progress of these talented sailors throughout the 2009 Tour is a very exciting prospect.

"With the addition of TEAMORIGIN to the teams competing on the Tour this year we are shaping up for a highly competitive season. The WMRT's commercial platform and television coverage will enable the team to continue racing and continue to build the team profile, as well as contributing towards the solid base they need to build a winning Americas Cup team," said Tour Director Craig MITCHELL.

Click here to watch highlights of WMRT shows can be seen on our Sail.TV player.

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Leaderboard
(Top eight teams after Stage 1 of 10)

1. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) Emirates Team New Zealand/Black Match Racing, 25
2. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) French Match Racing Team/ French Team Spirit, 20
3. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 15
4. Damien IEHL (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 12
5. Ed BAIRD (USA) Alinghi, 10
6. Sébastien COL (FRA) French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge, 8
7. Paolo CIAN (ITA) Team Shosholoza, 6
8. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar, 4 points

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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