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21 February 2008, 09:52 am
World Tour Launches Worldwide Qualifier Series
Action from the 2007 Marseille International Match Race
The Marseille International Match Race will be one of the qualifying series events for this year's World Tour

World Match Racing Tour

The ISAF World Match Racing Tour is introducing a new 'Tour Qualifier Series', a group of 19 events which will act as official qualifier regattas to the main stages of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour.
The concept behind the Tour Qualifier Series is to provide up and coming match racing teams a structured gateway to competing on the World Match Racing Tour. As Tour Director Craig MITCHELL explains:

"In the past, each stage of the World Match Racing Tour has hosted qualifier events in their own country. The new Tour Qualifier Series offers up to two qualifier events to each of the Tour stages, and also in different countries to the host country. The result is the series extends the opportunity for foreign teams to gain entry to the official Tour events."

2008 Tour Qualifier Series Schedule
Stage Tour Event TQS Events Dates
1 Brasil Sailing Cup BSC Qualifier (BRA)
Brasil Women's Cup (BRA)
20-21 Apr 2008
TBC
2 Match Race Germany German Championship (GER)
Berlin Match Race (GER)
Already Completed
Already Completed
3 Korea Match Cup KMC Qualifier (KOR)
KMC Qualifier 2 (KOR)
Jun 2008
4 Match Cup Sweden GKSS Spring Cup (SWE)
Marseille Int Match Race (FRA)
31 May-1 Jun 2008
11-15 Mar 2008
5 Portugal Match Cup PMC Qualifier (POR)
Marseille Int Match Race (FRA)
12-14 Jul 2008
TBC
6 Danish Open TMC Grill Cup (DEN)
Sails of the White Knights (RUS)
7-8 Jun 2008
4-8 Jun 2008
7 St Moritz Match Race Swiss MR Championship (SUI)
Open de Espana (ESP)
Already Completed
8-12 Apr 2008
8 Bermuda Gold Cup Bermuda MR Championship (BDA)
Knickerbocker Cup (USA)
TBC
19-24 Aug 2008
9 Monsoon Cup Malaysian MR Championship (MAS)
Asian MR Championship (MAS)
Sep 2008
Sep 2008

The winner of each Tour Qualifier Event will automatically receive an invitation to the corresponding Tour Stage. Contact details for the Tour Qualifier Series events can be found on the Tour website at http://www.worldmatchracingtour.com/.

"The Tour Qualifier Series is a tremendous development for the Tour," commented Tour President Scott MACLEOD. "We are constantly receiving requests for entries to the Tour and these qualifier events provide an ideal opportunity for teams to earn their place against the top sailors competing on the Tour".

ISAF Match Racing World Championship microsite - www.sailing.org/matchworlds
Yvonne Reid (As Amended By ISAF)
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