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9 May 2007, 09:29 am
New Event In Rome Joins World Tour
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World Match Racing Tour
Fiumicino, Italy

A new stage on the World Match Racing Tour, the Latium Match Cup, was announced at a press conference in Rome, Italy. The event, named after the central Lazio region of Italy (Latium is the Latin term for the region) will take place from 11-16 September in Fiumicino, approximately 26 km west of the city of Rome.
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The Latium Cup is being organized by the 'Civitavela Organizing Committee', in partnership with Circolo Velico Fiumicino, the Regional Government of Latium, the Municipality and Provincial Government of Fiumicino, the Provincial Government of Rome, CNL-Consorzio Nautico del Lazio Spa, and APOF - Associazioni Operatori Porto Fiumicino. The CivitaVela Sail Show 2007 will take place in the Fiumicino darsena with a 50,000 square-metre exhibition area to be fully dedicated to sailing over the six-day event.

The Latium Match Cup is presenting a significant prize purse of Euro 200,000, one of the highest on the World Match Racing Tour. Prize money will be split between the top eight teams.

'I am delighted to announce the Latium Match Cup as a new stage on the World Match Racing Tour,' commented Scott MACLEOD, President of the Tour. 'Italy has a very strong interest in sailing demonstrated by the three Italian teams competing in the 2007 America's Cup. With the addition of a world class match racing event so close to Rome, the Latium Match Cup will attract a very large audience in September'.

The Latium Match Cup will invite 12 teams to the event, with an 'America's Cup' style race format including a round robin series, semi-finals and finals.

World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After Stage 6)

Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Team Pts
1 Ian WILLIAMS GBR 4 Team Pindar 62
2 Mathieu RICHARD FRA 6 Saba Sailing Team 50
3 Jesper BANK DEN 57 United Internet Team Germ 45
4 Paolo CIAN ITA 2 Team Viano Mercedes Benz 41
5 Ed BAIRD USA 22 Alinghi 40
6 Peter HOLMBERG ISV 75 Alinghi 37
7 Peter GILMOUR AUS 3 PST 35
8 Sébastien COL FRA 1 Areva Challenge 33

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.

Sean MCNEILL (As Amended By ISAF)
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