Previously, Tróia has been the host of this established annual stage of the tour for the past three years and the change in venue will inspire innovative changes to the competition set up.
Following the new venue announcement, Justino de Sá Machado, President of Sun Sailing Team (rights owner to run the Portugal Match Cup) said, "back in 2004, we decided to place Portugal in the world sailing circuit, bringing to our waters one of the world's most media worthy competitions - the ISAF World Match Racing Tour Portimão Portugal Match Cup."
"We are certain this event will help to enrich our biggest unique surrounding - the sea. This initiative demonstrates to the world the great potential of Portugal to meet the standard for sailing events through marine based events".
The Algarve will be buzzing with intense match racing action throughout the 2010 summer season. In conjunction with the professional Portimão Portugal Match Cup there will be the Portimão Portugal Junior Cup, bringing 30 youths belonging to Portuguese national sailing clubs to Portimão. The world's top female match racers will also be flocking to the venue to take part in the Portimão Portugal Women's Cup.
Portimão is adept at hosting international yachting regattas such as the Audi Med Cup and will provide world class facilities for the world class profsessional sailors of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour to enjoy, backed up by on-shore activities for fans at Portimão Marina and predicted excellent racing conditions.
Portimão is particularly proud to be hosting a professional sailing event with such a worldwide reputation for high calibre racing. The Tour has received the much coveted 'Special Event Status' from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The ISAF World Match Racing Tour brings a guaranteed level of stardom with the Tour Card Holders and Portimão will provide them with the racing conditions they deserve as such highly prized sailing athletes.
For more information, visit www.portimaoportugalmatchcup.com