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.
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.
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
|1||Ian WILLIAMS||GBR||4||Team Pindar||47|
|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
|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.
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