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2 October 2006, 03:39 pm
Oracle Named Presenting Sponsor
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Allianz Cup 2006
San Francisco, USA

The world's largest enterprise software company, Oracle, will be the presenting sponsor of the Allianz Cup, stage five of the 2006-2007 World Match Racing Tour. The official title of the event is Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle. It will be hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club and racing is scheduled 25-29 October on San Francisco Bay, USA.
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The World Match Racing Tour is the world's leading professional sailing series. The events of the World Tour determine the ISAF Match Racing World Champion, who will be crowned in December 2007. A total of 15 events comprise the 2006-2007 World Tour schedule.

'It's great to have Oracle aboard as presenting sponsor of the Allianz Cup,' said Scott MACLEOD, President of the World Tour. 'With the great support from our sponsors and partners and a fantastic line up taking shape, this new event of the tour is shaping up to be outstanding.'

A total of 16 teams are planned for the $100,000 event that awards $25,000 to the champion and the entry list features some of the world's best match racers.

Some Of The World's Best

Skippers who have accepted invites to the event include Chris DICKSON (NZL), skipper and CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, Peter GILMOUR (AUS), the reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion and three-time World Tour champion, Dean BARKER (NZL), the helmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand, Ed BAIRD (USA) and Peter HOLMBERG (ISV), both helmsmen for Alinghi, and Jesper BANK (DEN), the skipper of United Internet Team Germany.

The six skippers have accounted for twelve Match Racing World Championships and 21 career victories on the World Tour. GILMOUR leads the way with four Worlds and eleven career Tour victories.

BMW North America has been named a Main Partner of the Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle. BMW AG is a Partner and Official Car the World Match Racing Tour and is also a partner in the BMW ORACLE Racing Team, the Challenger of Record for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007.

Shoe manufacturer Sebago and Sailing World magazine are official suppliers of the regatta. Sebago is also a sponsor and Official Footwear of the World Tour. San Francisco based KGO TV and Radio are the official television and radio stations.

Oracle is proud to serve as presenting sponsor in its hometown, San Francisco. And, as a partner in the America's Cup team, Oracle will support the lone U.S. stop on the World Tour.

World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard
(After Stage Three)
Pos Skipper Nation ISAF World
Match Race
Ranking
Team Pts
1 Sébastien COL FRA 1 Areva Challenge 29
2 Jes GRAM-HANSEN DEN 16 Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia 27
3 Paolo CIAN ITA 2 Team Viano Mercedes Benz 25
3 Chris DICKSON NZL 4 BMW ORACLE Racing 25
5 Ed BAIRD USA 10 Alinghi 20
5 Jesper BANK DEN 56 United Internet Team Germany 20
5 Magnus HOLMBERG SWE 41 Victory Challenge 20
8 Staffan LINDBERG FIN 11 Alandia Sailing Team 16

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 - 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)
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