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21 November 2006, 09:37 am
Line Up Confirmed
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Monsoon Cup 2006
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

With racing scheduled to begin Wednesday 29 November, the line up has been confirmed for the ISAF Grade WC Monsoon Cup, stage 6 of the 2006-07 World Match Racing Tour. Heading the list of 12 skippers is the event reigning champion and ISAF Match Racing World Champion Peter GILMOUR (AUS).
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The 12 skippers and crews will be chasing a prize purse of MYR 1 million, approximately $275,000. It is the largest prize purse offered in sailing. The winner will earn MYR 250,000, or nearly $70,000. Racing is scheduled for 29 November-3 December.

Along with GILMOUR and PST team, another entrant is current World Championship leader Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) of Team Pindar.

Cup Syndicates

America's Cup syndicates are represented by Jesper BANK (DEN) of United Internet Team Germany, Paolo CIAN (ITA) of Team Shosholoza, world number one Sébastian COL (FRA) of Areva Challenge, Peter HOLMBERG (ISV) of Alinghi, James SPITHILL (AUS) of Luna Rossa Challenge and Wearn Haw TAN (SIN) of China Team.

The second annual Monsoon Cup features the first ever appearance by a Malaysian woman in professional match racing. Tiffany KOO (MAS) won the ISAF Grade 3 Malaysian Match Racing Championship in September to gain the berth. KOO turns 22 years old on 29 November.

The crews are scheduled to sail a single round robin with the top eight advancing to the quarter-finals. The four winners from the quarter-final knock out round advance to the semi-finals, while the vanquished advance to racing for fifth through to eighth places.

The semi-final and final rounds are first to 3 points. Racing will be held in the Foundation 36, designed by New Zealander Brett BAKEWELL-WHITE, and will be conducted on Pulau Duyong Basin, in front of the Terenggan Heritage Bay Club.

Live Broadcast

Racing in the semi-final and final rounds, 2-3 December, is scheduled to be broadcast live on the Internet at www.sail.tv. It will also be broadcast live on Eurosport, The Sailing Channel, Fox Australia and Showtime Middle East (check local listings for times).

For all the news from the Monsoon Cup CLICK HERE.

World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After Stage 5 of 15)
Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Ranking
Team Pts
1 Ian WILLIAMS GBR 4 Team Pindar 47
2 Ed BAIRD USA 22 Alinghi 40
3 Paolo CIAN ITA 2 Team Viano Mercedes Benz 35
3 Jesper BANK DEN 57 United Internet Team Germany 35
5 Chris DICKSON NZL 5 BMW ORACLE Racing 31
6 Mathieu RICHARD FRA 6 Saba Sailing Team 30
7 Sébastien COL FRA 1 Areva Challenge 29
8 Jes GRAM-HANSEN DEN 24 Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia 27

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 Portugal Match Cup Cascais, Portugal July 2007
Stage 9 Danish Open Copenhagen, Denmark August 2007
Stage 10 St Moritz Match Race St. Moritz, Switzerland August 2007
Stage 11 ACI Adris Match Race Cup Rovinj, Croatia September 2007
Stage 12 Locman Cup - Elba Island Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy September 2007
Stage 13 Brasil Sailing Cup Angra dos Reis, Brazil October 2007
Stage 14 Bermuda Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda October 2007
Stage 15 Monsoon Cup Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia 20 November-2 December 2007

The World Match Racing Tour is an ISAF Special Event. The events of the World Tour serve to determine the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Next year the Monsoon Cup will be the final event of the 2006-07 season, and will crown the 2007 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.

Sean Mcneill (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Peter GILMOUR celebrates with the Cup last year:© Guido Cantini
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