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19 February 2009, 10:19 am
First Skippers Named For The St Moritz Match Race
Mathieu RICHARD on his way to victory at last year's competition in St Mortiz
Mathieu RICHARD on his way to victory at last year's competition in St Mortiz, the defending champ will be back again this year

St Moritz Match Race 2009
St Moritz, Switzerland

The date and the first skippers for the St Moritz Match Race 2009, the fifth event of this year's World Match Racing Tour for the ISAF Match Racing World Championship Trophy, have been set.
From 1-6 September 2009 the world's best skippers will be sailing to capture the crown, "King of the Mountains". Back this year, among others, is last year's champion, Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) and the two previous Kings, Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) the reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion and St Moritz champ in 2007, and 2006 winner Paolo CIAN (ITA).

The first sailors for the St Moritz Match Race have been announced as a result of a new policy introduced by the World Match Racing Tour. The Tour has decided the four top skippers from the previous season will receive automatic entries to 2009 World Tour events along with the top two from the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. This means WILLIAMS, Sébastien COL (FRA), RICHARD, Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), CIAN and Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) will all be at the start for the St Moritz Match Race 2009.

Two more skippers will be invited by the World Match Racing Tour. Another two will compete for one place at two Qualifier events (the Swiss Championship Match Racing Lugano and the Open Espana in Calpe). The Tour will give a wildcard to another two and finally, the St Moritz organizing committee will invite a pair. As every year, starting places in St Moritz are coveted - Alinghi skipper and 2007 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Ed BAIRD (USA) has already expressed his interest in participating.

"We welcome the new Invite Policy of the World Tour and are pleased that half of the field has been set so early in the year with the world's best," explained Christian SCHERRER, head of the St Moritz Match Race organising committee. "This will guarantee a top-class line-up for the seventh St Moritz Match Race."

The calendar for the World Match Racing Tour is now official. The St. Moritz Match Race will take place from 1 to 6 September 2009. And a new event, the Marseille International Match Race, has been added to the Tour calendar.

Click here to view all World Tour events.

The St Moritz Match Race organizing committee is pleased to continue the coorperation with trusted partners. AFG, UBS and Badrutt's Palace Hotel remain the main event sponsors.

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

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