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Allianz Cup and Monsoon Cup On The Airwaves
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World Match Racing Tour

The highlights programs for the recently completed Stages 5 and 6 of the 2006-2007 World Match Racing Tour are set to be broadcast in the coming weeks.
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Networks such as Versus (formerly OLN) in North America, Eurosport, Gaora Sports in Japan and Sky Sports in the U.K. and New Zealand will broadcast the shows of the Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle or Monsoon Cup. (See schedule below.)

England's Ben AINSLIE of Emirates Team New Zealand captured his first World Tour victory when he defeated Alinghi helmsman Ed BAIRD to win the Allianz Cup at the end of October. Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, the event was sailed in J/105s on San Francisco Bay.

Peter HOLMBERG, also of Alinghi, fought back from near elimination nearly two weeks ago to win the Monsoon Cup over Mathieu RICHARD's Saba Sailing Team. The win placed HOLMBERG fourth on the World Tour's career victories list. The event was sailed in Foundation 36s on Pulau Duyong Basin in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle Broadcast Schedule*
ESPN Star Sports (Asia) - Dec. 18, TBD
Gaora Sports (Japan) - Dec. 20, TBD
Versus (North America) - Dec. 17, TBD
Sailing Channel (Italy) - Jan. 15, 2007, TBD
(*Schedule subject to change, check local listings)

Monsoon Cup Broadcast Schedule*
Eurosport - Dec. 20, 8:30 pm
Gaora Sports (Japan) - Dec. 30, TBD
Sportsnet (formerly Showtime Arabia) - Jan 16, 2007, TBD
Sky Sports NZ - Jan. 2, 2007, TBD
Sky Sports UK - Dec. 31, 7:00 pm
Versus (North America) - Dec. 24, 2:30 pm; Dec. 25, 4:30 pm
Viasat (Scandinavia) - Dec. 23, TBD
(*Schedule subject to change, check local listings)

World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After Stage Three)

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 Portugal Match Cup Cascais, Portugal 01/07/2007
Stage 9 Danish Open Copenhagen, Denmark 01/08/2007
Stage 10 St. Moritz Match Race St. Moritz, Switzerland 01/08/2007
Stage 11 ACI Adris Match Race Cup Rovinj, Croatia 01/09/2007
Stage 12 Locman Cup - Elba Island Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy 01/09/2007
Stage 13 Brasil Sailing Cup Angra dos Reis, Brazil 01/10/2007
Stage 14 Bermuda Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda 01/10/2007
Stage 15 Monsoon Cup Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia 20 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). Image, Peter HOLMBERG defeated Mathieu RICHARD at the Monsson Cup © World Tour/Guido Cantini
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