The coveted 'King of the Mountain' trophy will be awarded to the best performing team from the five day match racing event, Mathieu Richard (FRA) and his French Match Racing Team, are the current leaders of the World Championship standings and second in the ISAF Rankings, as well as the current 'defender'. He won the 2008 edition of the event ahead of Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar.
Racing 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. Richard will be a firm favourite competing for the title, however there will be tough competition amongst the line up, which include fellow Frenchman Sébastien Col, the helmsman of K-Challenge's America's Cup team. Ian Williams of Team Pindar and current number one match racer Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch. Peter Gilmour of YANMAR Racing is a veteran of five America's Cups and quadruple winner of the world match racing title. Currently seventh of the world ranking, he is one of the event's outsiders. Last but not least, Johnie Berntsson (SWE) has confirmed his participation and has a history of giving all the Tour regulars a run for their money.
Eric Monnin, from Switzerland, will be the local sailor of the event. Eighth last year, Monnin and his crew finished third in 2007 and sixth in 2004. Their local knowledge of the lake will give them a slight advantage over fellow 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 8 m. long and 2,2 m. wide. They are perfectly adapted to match racing.
AFG, UBS and the Badrutt's Palace Hotel have confirmed their support to the event as 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
Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Berntsson Sailing 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.