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18 July 2007, 04:30 pm
Pindar Joins World Tour As Official Sponsor
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World Match Racing Tour

The World Match Racing Tour is pleased to announce that Pindar, leading print and electronic media company and well known sponsor of international sailing campaigns, has joined the Tour as Official Sponsor.

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As part of the sponsorship, Pindar will assist the World Tour in producing a new range of promotional and print literature to promote the Tour to its worldwide audience.

The sponsorship follows Pindar's partnership with World number one match racer and regular Tour competitor Ian WILLIAMS (GBR). Ian competes as Team Pindar'on the World Match Racing Tour and is currently third in the Tour Rankings. Andrew PINDAR, Chairman of the Pindar Group commented, 'Our sponsorship of the World Match Racing Tour is a natural addition to our support of Ian WILLIAMS and his team. The Tour events take place worldwide and provide an ideal platform for us to entertain our own customers in a unique environment, as well as supporting Ian and his team at world class events'

Pindar is a family-owned printing company, founded in 1836 in Scarborough, great Britain, where its head office remains today. As a global player in the print and electronic media market, Pindar employ 2,000 people in three continents worldwide. Pindar has an enviable track record in sports sponsorship and successfully supports a number of initiatives that focus on helping individuals realise their sporting potential. Ambassadors include record-breaking round-the-world yachtsman, Mike SANDERSON (NZL), recently voted ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, world #1 match racer WILLIAMS, Emma SANDERSON (née Richards) MBE, and Olympic sailing hopeful, Hannah MILLS (GBR).

'We are delighted to welcome Pindar as an Official Sponsor of the World Tour,' said Tour President Scott MACLEOD. 'Their partnership will help us to raise the profile of the Tour to a much wider audience by utilising Pindar's print resources.'

Pindar joins other Tour sponsors Travel Places (Official Travel Supplier) and Wedgwood (Official Trophy Supplier).

ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 8)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World Match Race Ranking Team Pts
1 Mathieu RICHARD FRA 2 Saba Sailing Team 78
2 Paolo CIAN ITA 3 Team Viano Mercedes Benz 66
3 Ian WILLIAMS GBR 1 Team Pindar 62
4 Bjorn HANSEN SWE 9 Team Onico 49
5 Sébastien COL FRA 4 Areva Challenge 47
6 Jesper BANK DEN 15 United Internet Team Germany 45
7 Ed BAIRD USA 28 Alinghi 40
8 Magnus HOLMBERG SWE 99 Victory Challenge 40
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
(2006-2007 Season)
Stage Event Venue Date
Stage 1 Portugal Match Cup Cascais, Portugal 18-23 July 2006
Stage 2 Danish Open Copenhagen, Denmark 9-13 August 2006
Stage 3 St. Moritz Match Race St Moritz, Switzerland 15-20 August 2006
Stage 4 Bermuda Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda 10-15 October 2006
Stage 5 Allianz Cup San Francisco, USA 24-29 October
Stage 6 Monsoon Cup Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia 28 November-3 December 2006
Stage 7 Match Race Germany Langenargen, Germany 23-28 May 2007
Stage 8 GKSS Match Race Marstrand, Sweden 2-8 July 2007
Stage 9 Portugal Match Cup Cascais, Portugal 24-25 July 2007
Stage 10 Danish Open Copenhagen, Denmark 8-12 August 2007
Stage 11 St. Moritz Match Race St Moritz, Switzerland 14-19 August 2007
Stage 12 Latium Match Cup Fiumicino, Italy 11-16 September 2007
Stage 13 Locman Cup - Elba Island Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy 25-30 September 2007
Stage 14 Bermuda Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda 9-14 October 2007
Stage 15 Brasil Sailing Cup Angra dos Reis, Brazil 23-28 October 2007
Stage 16 Monsoon Cup Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia 28 November-2 December 2007

The World Match Racing Tour is an ISAF Special Event. Skippers earn points towards the World Championship at the nine events of the World Tour and the highest scoring skipper at the end of the season is the ISAF Match Racing World Champion.

The World Tour Partner and Official Car is BMW AG (Munich, Germany). World Tour sponsors include Sebago (Rockford, USA), the Official Footwear Supplier, Travel Places (West Sussex, Great Britain), the Official Travel Partner and Wedgwood (Cheshire, Great Britain) the Official Trophy Supplier.

For more information on the World Match Racing Tour, its competitors and events, visit the official World Tour website - World Match Racing Tour television programmes may be viewed on demand by clicking on the television icon on the home page of the website.

For all the news on the World Match Racing Tour CLICK HERE.

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