The ISAF Grade W St. MORITZ Match Race will take place from 1-6 September in the Swiss Alps. Eight members of the world's top ten are confirmed. The Swiss World Match Racing Tour has been an integral part of the ISAF Match Racing World Championship since 2005 and is therefore essential to the attribution of the World Champion title. A prize purse of approximately 100,000 Euros will be distributed to the best teams.
The races will take place on Lake St. Moritz, a natural amphitheatre that provides a perfect and natural viewing platform from the shore. The local Maloja thermal breeze blows daily from 8 to 20 knots and with a little help from the sun the breeze picks up, guaranteeing a fantastic show to the numerous spectators who flock to see their sailing heroes in action.
Twelve teams representing eight nations have been selected for this regatta. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), last year's winner in St Moritz and top skipper in World Championship standings will sail amongst others against his fellow competitor Sébastien COL (FRA), the helmsman of K-Challenge's America's Cup team. Reigning World Champion Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) of Team Pindar and MINOPRIO and his BlackMatch crew, who held the top spot of the World Championship leaderboard before Marstrand, are amongst the favourites. Surprise guest of the event, GILMOUR of YANMAR Racing is a veteran of five America's Cups and quadruple winner of the ISAF Match Racing World Championship title. Currently at #7 on the World Rankings and eighth on the World Championship leaderboard, he is one of the event's outsiders. He won the prestigious Match Cup Sweden title in Marstrand last month, and is respected by all the competitors.
The St. Moritz Match Race will once again take place on Blu26 one-design sailing boats. Conceived by the Swiss Bluboats, the Blu26 are 8m long and 2.2m wide. They are perfectly adapted to match racing.
The Organising Committee is proud to announce the renewal for 2009 of the partnership with its partners, AFG, UBS and the Badrutt's Palace Hotel, who are the event's main partners.
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar
Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch
Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team
Sébastien COL (FRA), French Match Racing Team / K-Challenge
Peter GILMOUR (AUS), YANMAR Racing
Philippe PRESTI (FRA), French Match Racing Team
Paolo CIAN (ITA), Shosholoza Team
Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), OnBoard Saling Team
Álvaro MARINHO (POR), Seth Sailing Team
Eric MONNIN (SUI), Swiss Match Race Team
Francesco BRUNI (ITA), Joe Fly Match Race
ISAF Match Racing World Championship Leaderboard
(Top eight teams after Stage 5 of 10)
1. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 68 points
2. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), ETNZ/BlackMatch, 61 points
3. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), YANMAR Racing, 56 points
4. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team, 54 points
5. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar, 49 points
6. Damien IEHL (FRA), French Match Racing Team, 44 points
7. Ben AINSLIE (GBR), Team Origin, 40 points
8. Sébastien COL (FRA), French Match Racing Team / K-Challenge, 33 points
The winner of the annual World Match Racing Tour is crowned as ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Find out more at www.sailing.org/matchworlds.