Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), skipper of Victory Challenge, and Gravin BRADY (NZL) from BMW ORACLE Racing, have both also given the green light and will come to Sweden directly from the America's Cup in Valencia. Seven of the top ten skippers from the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be there, as well as three of the world's best female match racers.
'We are very pleased that heavy weight sailor Peter GILMOUR, coach of European top team Alinghi in America's Cup, has announced that he will race,' said Erik CENTERWALL from GKSS (Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club), project manager of sports in Match Cup Sweden.
GILMOUR won the last Swedish Match Cup back in 2005, his fifth career victory at the event. Now he comes to Sweden to defend his title, just like Alinghi are defending the America's Cup.
But it will be much more than just the GLIMOUR show. Marstrand will be teeming with America's Cup and top ranked match race sailors. Along with HOLMBERG, Bjorn HANSEN (SWE) also lines up for the host nation. World #1 Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) will be looking to make up for a disappointing showing at Match Race Germany, whilst the new leader of the World Championships Standings, Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) is also set to line up. Other top-ranked sailors are Sébastien COL (FRA) and Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), along with Eric MONNIN (SUI).
The world's best women will get the chance to challenge their male counterparts in Marstrand. Women's world #1 Claire LEROY (FRA), 2003 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Malin MILLBOURN (SWE) and world #7 Jenny AXHEDE (SWE) all line up to take on the boys.
'We are very proud of Peter GILMOUR coming back to Marstrand again, and it feels super to have such a strong and international group of skippers competing. This will truly be a world class match race,' commented Peter KLOCK, director of GKSS.
All races will be held on a course in the middle of Marstrand with identical boats, the DS37 Match Racer, a 11.25 metre keelboat specially developed for match racing.
ISAF Match Racing World Championship Standings
(After Stage 7)
|1||Mathieu RICHARD||FRA||2||Saba Sailing Team||70|
|2||Paolo CIAN||ITA||5||Team Viano Mercedes Benz||66|
|3||Ian WILLIAMS||GBR||1||Team Pindar||62|
|4||Jesper BANK||DEN||11||United Internet Team Germany||45|
|5||Sébastien COL||FRA||3||Areva Challenge||41|
|8||Staffan LINDBERG||FIN||9||Alandia Sailing Team||37|
|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|
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