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.
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
|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||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
|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.
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