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22 May 2007, 12:01 pm
World Tour Announces Changes To Schedule
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World Match Racing Tour

Following the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup the top skippers are already preparing for the next Cup as the World Match Racing Tour will continue top level match racing action for the ISAF World Match Racing Championship. Two new events have joined the World Tour in Sweden and Rome.
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Team Pindar's Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) continues to lead the World Tour with 62 points and is now also the #1 skipper in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. WILLIAMS is followed closely behind by Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) on 50 and United Internet Team Germany's Jesper BANK (DEN) on 45. These three are followed closely by Shoshoaloza's Paolo CIAN (ITA) on 41, Alinghi's Ed BAIRD (USA) on 40 and Peter HOLMBERG (ISV) on 37 with the 2006 World Champion Peter GILMOUR (AUS) in seventh on 35 points. However, there are 1,100 points still to be won at the next ten events and the points will double for the final event, the Monsoon Cup, Malaysia in December. In addition, all of the World Tour events are Graded WC on the ISAF World Match Race Rankings as the highest level events in the world.

The new schedule sees two new events added to the prestigious series. Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand has rejoined the World Tour under new management by former WMRT President, Pierre TINNERHOLM of Brandspot in association with the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS). This event will see the return to the beautiful island of Marstrand just North of Gothenburg. The event boasts €100,000 in prize money and has seen over 30,000 spectators per day lining the shores to follow the racing.

Another new event on the series will be the Latium Match Cup, to be held in Fiumicino, Rome, Italy from 11-16 September. This new event will be organized by FD Consulting in conjunction with Circolo Velico Fiumicino. The event is part of the Civitavela, a large International Exposition of sailing offering musical, cultural and sporting events. With €200,000 on offer the event ranks second only to the Monsoon Cup in prize money.

Other changes include new venues for both Portugal Match Cup and the Brazil Sailing Cup that move to Troia and Vitoria respectively.

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.

Lynn Fitzpatrick (As Amended By ISAF). Image, World #1 Ian WILLIAMS currently leads the World Championship standings:© Mark Lloyd
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