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1 June 2007, 02:44 pm
GILMOUR Back In Marstrand
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Match Cup Sweden 2007
Marstrand, Sweden

The ISAF Grade WC Match Cup Sweden, stage 8 of the World Match Racing Tour, will be crowded with the best sailors of the world from 2-8 July. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), reigning World Champion and coach of America's Cup Defender Alinghi, will be amongst the star names lining up.
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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.

Stars Line Up

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)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Ranking
Team Pts
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
6 Ed BAIRD USA 24 Alinghi 40
7 Peter HOLMBERG ISV 28 Alinghi 37
8 Staffan LINDBERG FIN 9 Alandia Sailing Team 37
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 - www.WorldMatchRacingTour.com. 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.

Emelie Berg (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Peter GILMOUR will return to Marstrand for this year's Match Cup Sweden:© Guido Cantini
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