World Match Racing Tour.

ISAF Special Event

  • Qualifying Round - Flight 1 View all results
    M1 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
    M2 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M3 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 2 View all results
    M4 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 1 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
    M5 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M6 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 3 View all results
    M7 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M8 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M9 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 1 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 4 View all results
    M10 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 David Gilmour Team Gilmour
    M11 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M12 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 5 View all results
    M13 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M14 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M15 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 1 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 6 View all results
    M16 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M17 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M18 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 7 View all results
    M19 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M20 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M21 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Eric Monnin Team SailBox
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 8 View all results
    M22 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M23 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Eric Monnin Team SailBox
    M24 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 9 View all results
    M25 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M26 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
    M27 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 10 View all results
    M28 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
    M29 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
    M30 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 11 View all results
    M31 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
    M32 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M33 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 1 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 12 View all results
    M34 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M35 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M36 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 1 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 13 View all results
    M37 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
    M38 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 1 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M39 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 14 View all results
    M40 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M41 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M42 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 1 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 15 View all results
    M43 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M44 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M45 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing 1 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 16 View all results
    M46 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M47 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M48 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 17 View all results
    M49 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M50 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M51 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 0 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 18 View all results
    M52 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing 0 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M53 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M54 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 19 View all results
    M55 Karol Jablonski Jablonski Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Przemysław Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing Team
    M56 David Gilmour Team Gilmour 0 vs 0 Nicolai Sehested Trefor Match Racing
    M57 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 20 View all results
    M58 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M59 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M60 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 21 View all results
    M61 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M62 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M63 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 22 View all results
    M64 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Matthew Jerwood Redline Racing
    M65 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M66 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
Event Schedule
  • Wednesday, 29 July 10:00-18:00 Qualifying Sessions  18:30 Press conference  20:00 Social Events | Thursday, 30 July 10:00-18:00 Qualifying Sessions   18:30 Press Conference  20:00 Open Ceremony  20:30 Social Events | Friday, 31 July  10:00 -17:30 Semi Finals   17:30-18:00 VIP Pro/Am Race   18:30 Press conference   20:30 Social Events | Saturday, 1 August  10:00-14:00 Finals  15:00 Press conference   19:00 Prize Giving Ceremony – Energa Sopot Match Race   20:30 Closing Ceremony
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    Sopot, Poland (29th July 2015) – The World Match Racing Tour’s tenth stage of the 2015 season, the Energa Sopot Match Race – set sail today. The twelve competing teams finished the first half of Qualifying in a day of mixed and gusty conditions up to 25 knots. As racing finished for the day, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing topped the leaderboard with a confident 5-1 scoreline, ahead of national sailing hero and former America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski on 4-2, and fellow Swede Johnie Berntson, also on 4-2. This is the 12th edition of the Sopot Match Race, this year sporting a new title sponsor, Polish energy company Energa. After last years blistering temperatures at the Polish seaside resort during the regatta, winds of up to 30knots are forecast for this weeks event with strong gusts testing the teams in their opening rounds today. Ian Williams reaching tipping point in one of his qualifying matches © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Defending Sopot Match Race Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar finished the day 3-2 after losing against his matches against Karol Jablonski, and then to Nicolai Sehested after an unexpected ‘man overboard’ incident at the second top mark which saw Williams’ tactician Chris Main falling in the water after a halyad came loose, allowing Sehested to increase his lead to the finish. Chris Main being pulled out by his GAC Pindar team mates © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Competing in his first Tour event of the 2015 season, Sehested had not realised what had happened as he crossed the line 2 minutes ahead. “I saw him [Williams] slow at the top mark in what appeared to be a problem but I had no idea one of his guys had fallen overboard. We were happy with our lead at the time so we just headed for the finish.” Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing in action during qualifying at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Competing in their first Tour event together and as separate teams, Gilmour brothers Sam and David also had the opportunity to meet in the same race during Flight 7. After a number of lead changes, elder brother David had an unfortunate broach on the last leg allowing his sibling to take the win. As Sam crossed the line, four time World Match Racing Champion and father Peter Gilmour posted a tweet from Australia exclaiming ‘Glad I am not there!’. Gilmour brothers goes against each other during qualifying at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Tour Card Holders Joachim Acschenbrenner, DEN and Reuben Corbett, NZL both had disappointing days posting single wins, and Australia’s Matt Jerwood scored 2-3 (1.5). However with 11 flights still to complete before the semi-finals, there is plenty of opportunity for the teams to master the 34ft Diamant 3000 yachts with their IOR-style design, and regain points on the leaderboard. Racing continues at 1000 tomorrow. Stay up to date with the event as we bring live race action via Twitter on @wmrt_liverace and regular updates on @worldmrt from Sopot. Follow us on facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour to get the latest news, event updates, behind the scenes and information of Energa Sopot Match Race. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match RaceQUALIFYING RESULTS After Flight 11 1. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 5-12. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 4-23. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 4-24. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-25. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-26. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-27. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 3-38. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-39. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 2-3 (1.5)10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 1-411. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 1-412. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 1-5 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    London, UK (28th July 2014): Reigning ISAF World Champion Ian Williams starts as favourite for the Energa Sopot Match Race, the fourth World Championship Event and Polish leg of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) which starts on Wednesday this week. Although he holds a small points advantage at the half way stage of the 2015 Tour season, the British skipper of GAC Pindar knows there are plenty of teams looking to steal his thunder, not least arch-rival Taylor Canfield and US One, the Tour champions of 2013. “We’re going to have to be on our toes in Sopot,” says Williams, recalling the tricky conditions on Poland’s Baltic coast line last summer when temperatures hit 30 degrees. “We had four light air days then it all changed for the finals with some big breeze. Hopefully this year we’ll be ready for whatever gets thrown our way.” Ian Williams in action during Stena Match Cup Sweden © Photo Robert Hajduk / WMRT The event takes place in 34ft Danish-built Diamant 3000 keelboats, an IOR-type design from the early 1990’s with long overhangs, a relatively small cockpit and running backstays. One of the five-time World Champion’s strengths is getting to grips with whatever boat he and his well-drilled crew are given. “You have to be able to adapt quickly and keep on learning throughout the regatta,” says Williams, who has made the podium at all three of the events that he has competed at this year, including a win at the Royal Southern Match Cup. One of the big differences between the WMRT points this year compared with previous seasons is that there are three levels of points up for grabs, as Tour Director Craig Mitchell explains: “The season culminates with the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, which is worth 1.5 times as much as any of the other five World Championship Events. Also, the Monsoon Cup is non-discardable, and each skipper counts their four best World Championship Event scores - including Malaysia - towards their final tally. However for the first time there are also 11 other World Tour Events which count for fewer points but can still contribute to your final tally. This really opens up the World Championship to other skippers further down the ISAF World Rankings, and should keep things more open going into the finale in Malaysia.” Aerial view of the 500m long Molo Pier, vthe longest wooden pier in Europe will be the host venue of the Energa Sopot Match Race © WMRT Among those who have taken advantage of the wider selection of events are Denmark’s Joachim Aschenbrenner currently in 5th overall, and New Zealand’s Reuben Corbett whose four solid regatta finishes put him in 4th overall, and just 2 points behind the experienced crews of Canfield and Björn Hansen who are tied for 2nd overall. Although now in his late 40s, the Swedish skipper won his fifth title on home waters after sweeping aside Williams 2-0 in the final of the Stena Match Cup Sweden. Corbett said he wasn’t thinking too much about the big personalities that he’ll be up against. “To be honest we aren't eyeing up any particular teams to beat. Given its our first year on the World Match Racing Tour we are just focusing on our own roles and what we can do to improve. We find it’s better to focus on the processes within our roles rather than worry about results. If we focus on the process the results will take care of themselves. We are satisfied so far with our debut season and our overall placing, but we certainly wont be sitting back on our laurels for the remainder of the season.” Matt Jerwood from Australia won his qualification at Szezecin Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Two qualifying events have also taken place in the build-up to Energa Sopot Match Race, with two Australian skippers making it through after Matt Jerwood won the Szczecin Match Race and 49er Olympic campaigner David Gilmour won the Dziwnow Match Race. David will also find himself up against younger brother Sam Gilmour, the first time the siblings will have raced each other on the WMRT, which their father Peter won four times before retiring from competition a few years ago. David Gilmour wins Dziwnow Match Race, awarding him entry to Energa Sopot Match Race © WILKU / Polish Match Race This year will be the 12th edition of Energa Sopot Match Race, taking place on the Baltic in the Polish holiday resort close to Gdansk. As a nation Poland is one of the most prolific internationally when it comes to match racing with the annual Polish Match Tour comprising five or six events annually. Energa Sopot Match Race organiser, Przemyslaw Tarnacki, is one of Poland’s top match racers and is competing at the event, which is centred around the town’s giant 500-metre long Molo Pier, the longest wooden pier in Europe. In the height of summer the pier attracts up to 20,000 visitors per day, making for big spectator audiences. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing will be competing against the best on the World Match Racing Tour © Robert Hajduk / WMRT As the 2002 ISAF World Champion and former America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski describes it: “Sopot is one of the best sailing stadiums in the world and all of the racing is run close to the pier, so the spectators have a really close view of the action that is going on on the water. It is very, very crowded in the summer as there are a lot of beaches, plenty of good hotels and restaurants. Pro sailors like Francesco de Angelis and Torben Grael who have raced in Sopot say they’ve never forgotten those events for the great sailing on the water, great parties, great food, great atmosphere and great looking girls!” Practice sessions for Energa Sopot Match Race run on Tuesday 28 July with Qualifying on 29 and 30 July. Knockouts start on 31 July with the Final schedule for 1400 on 1 August. Stay up to date with the event as we bring live race action via Twitter on @wmrt_liverace and regular updates on @worldmrt from Sopot. Follow us on facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour to get the latest news, event updates, behind the scenes and information of Energa Sopot Match Race. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match Race 2015 Entry List 1. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar2. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing3. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing4. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing5. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing6. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox7. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing8. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team9. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing10. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing11. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 12. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team CURRENT TOUR LEADEBOARD

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    Sopot, Poland (29th July 2015) – The World Match Racing Tour’s tenth stage of the 2015 season, the Energa Sopot Match Race – set sail today. The twelve competing teams finished the first half of Qualifying in a day of mixed and gusty conditions up to 25 knots. As racing finished for the day, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing topped the leaderboard with a confident 5-1 scoreline, ahead of national sailing hero and former America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski on 4-2, and fellow Swede Johnie Berntson, also on 4-2. This is the 12th edition of the Sopot Match Race, this year sporting a new title sponsor, Polish energy company Energa. After last years blistering temperatures at the Polish seaside resort during the regatta, winds of up to 30knots are forecast for this weeks event with strong gusts testing the teams in their opening rounds today. Ian Williams reaching tipping point in one of his qualifying matches © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Defending Sopot Match Race Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar finished the day 3-2 after losing against his matches against Karol Jablonski, and then to Nicolai Sehested after an unexpected ‘man overboard’ incident at the second top mark which saw Williams’ tactician Chris Main falling in the water after a halyad came loose, allowing Sehested to increase his lead to the finish. Chris Main being pulled out by his GAC Pindar team mates © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Competing in his first Tour event of the 2015 season, Sehested had not realised what had happened as he crossed the line 2 minutes ahead. “I saw him [Williams] slow at the top mark in what appeared to be a problem but I had no idea one of his guys had fallen overboard. We were happy with our lead at the time so we just headed for the finish.” Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing in action during qualifying at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Competing in their first Tour event together and as separate teams, Gilmour brothers Sam and David also had the opportunity to meet in the same race during Flight 7. After a number of lead changes, elder brother David had an unfortunate broach on the last leg allowing his sibling to take the win. As Sam crossed the line, four time World Match Racing Champion and father Peter Gilmour posted a tweet from Australia exclaiming ‘Glad I am not there!’. Gilmour brothers goes against each other during qualifying at the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Tour Card Holders Joachim Acschenbrenner, DEN and Reuben Corbett, NZL both had disappointing days posting single wins, and Australia’s Matt Jerwood scored 2-3 (1.5). However with 11 flights still to complete before the semi-finals, there is plenty of opportunity for the teams to master the 34ft Diamant 3000 yachts with their IOR-style design, and regain points on the leaderboard. Racing continues at 1000 tomorrow. Stay up to date with the event as we bring live race action via Twitter on @wmrt_liverace and regular updates on @worldmrt from Sopot. Follow us on facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour to get the latest news, event updates, behind the scenes and information of Energa Sopot Match Race. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match RaceQUALIFYING RESULTS After Flight 11 1. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 5-12. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 4-23. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 4-24. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-25. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-26. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-27. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 3-38. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-39. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 2-3 (1.5)10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 1-411. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 1-412. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 1-5 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    London, UK (28th July 2014): Reigning ISAF World Champion Ian Williams starts as favourite for the Energa Sopot Match Race, the fourth World Championship Event and Polish leg of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) which starts on Wednesday this week. Although he holds a small points advantage at the half way stage of the 2015 Tour season, the British skipper of GAC Pindar knows there are plenty of teams looking to steal his thunder, not least arch-rival Taylor Canfield and US One, the Tour champions of 2013. “We’re going to have to be on our toes in Sopot,” says Williams, recalling the tricky conditions on Poland’s Baltic coast line last summer when temperatures hit 30 degrees. “We had four light air days then it all changed for the finals with some big breeze. Hopefully this year we’ll be ready for whatever gets thrown our way.” Ian Williams in action during Stena Match Cup Sweden © Photo Robert Hajduk / WMRT The event takes place in 34ft Danish-built Diamant 3000 keelboats, an IOR-type design from the early 1990’s with long overhangs, a relatively small cockpit and running backstays. One of the five-time World Champion’s strengths is getting to grips with whatever boat he and his well-drilled crew are given. “You have to be able to adapt quickly and keep on learning throughout the regatta,” says Williams, who has made the podium at all three of the events that he has competed at this year, including a win at the Royal Southern Match Cup. One of the big differences between the WMRT points this year compared with previous seasons is that there are three levels of points up for grabs, as Tour Director Craig Mitchell explains: “The season culminates with the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, which is worth 1.5 times as much as any of the other five World Championship Events. Also, the Monsoon Cup is non-discardable, and each skipper counts their four best World Championship Event scores - including Malaysia - towards their final tally. However for the first time there are also 11 other World Tour Events which count for fewer points but can still contribute to your final tally. This really opens up the World Championship to other skippers further down the ISAF World Rankings, and should keep things more open going into the finale in Malaysia.” Aerial view of the 500m long Molo Pier, vthe longest wooden pier in Europe will be the host venue of the Energa Sopot Match Race © WMRT Among those who have taken advantage of the wider selection of events are Denmark’s Joachim Aschenbrenner currently in 5th overall, and New Zealand’s Reuben Corbett whose four solid regatta finishes put him in 4th overall, and just 2 points behind the experienced crews of Canfield and Björn Hansen who are tied for 2nd overall. Although now in his late 40s, the Swedish skipper won his fifth title on home waters after sweeping aside Williams 2-0 in the final of the Stena Match Cup Sweden. Corbett said he wasn’t thinking too much about the big personalities that he’ll be up against. “To be honest we aren't eyeing up any particular teams to beat. Given its our first year on the World Match Racing Tour we are just focusing on our own roles and what we can do to improve. We find it’s better to focus on the processes within our roles rather than worry about results. If we focus on the process the results will take care of themselves. We are satisfied so far with our debut season and our overall placing, but we certainly wont be sitting back on our laurels for the remainder of the season.” Matt Jerwood from Australia won his qualification at Szezecin Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT Two qualifying events have also taken place in the build-up to Energa Sopot Match Race, with two Australian skippers making it through after Matt Jerwood won the Szczecin Match Race and 49er Olympic campaigner David Gilmour won the Dziwnow Match Race. David will also find himself up against younger brother Sam Gilmour, the first time the siblings will have raced each other on the WMRT, which their father Peter won four times before retiring from competition a few years ago. David Gilmour wins Dziwnow Match Race, awarding him entry to Energa Sopot Match Race © WILKU / Polish Match Race This year will be the 12th edition of Energa Sopot Match Race, taking place on the Baltic in the Polish holiday resort close to Gdansk. As a nation Poland is one of the most prolific internationally when it comes to match racing with the annual Polish Match Tour comprising five or six events annually. Energa Sopot Match Race organiser, Przemyslaw Tarnacki, is one of Poland’s top match racers and is competing at the event, which is centred around the town’s giant 500-metre long Molo Pier, the longest wooden pier in Europe. In the height of summer the pier attracts up to 20,000 visitors per day, making for big spectator audiences. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing will be competing against the best on the World Match Racing Tour © Robert Hajduk / WMRT As the 2002 ISAF World Champion and former America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski describes it: “Sopot is one of the best sailing stadiums in the world and all of the racing is run close to the pier, so the spectators have a really close view of the action that is going on on the water. It is very, very crowded in the summer as there are a lot of beaches, plenty of good hotels and restaurants. Pro sailors like Francesco de Angelis and Torben Grael who have raced in Sopot say they’ve never forgotten those events for the great sailing on the water, great parties, great food, great atmosphere and great looking girls!” Practice sessions for Energa Sopot Match Race run on Tuesday 28 July with Qualifying on 29 and 30 July. Knockouts start on 31 July with the Final schedule for 1400 on 1 August. Stay up to date with the event as we bring live race action via Twitter on @wmrt_liverace and regular updates on @worldmrt from Sopot. Follow us on facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour to get the latest news, event updates, behind the scenes and information of Energa Sopot Match Race. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match Race 2015 Entry List 1. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar2. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing3. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing4. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing5. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing6. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox7. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing8. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team9. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing10. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing11. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 12. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team CURRENT TOUR LEADEBOARD

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    London, UK (7th Nov 2014): With some downtime now on the cards for Team Alpari FX, the boys are embarking on a new challenge for the hairiest month of the year…Movember. For the 30 days of November, men around the world are taking action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache, and Team Alpari FX is on board for the prickly journey ahead. Movember is more than just an excuse to grow a fine piece of ‘moustachery’, it’s about sparking conversations while raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. It’s about having fun and ‘doing good’, and at the same time an excuse to laugh at newly acquired facial hair (or lack of)! Movember is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health and thanks to the support of more than four million participants worldwide, they have raised $580 million and funded 800 programs in 21 countries. A clean shave Skipper Keith Swinton and his fellow Australian Mo Bros – Ricky McGarvie, Ben Lamb, Tudur Owen and Ted Hackney – start their Mo-growing journey with a clean-shaven face. To show your support and find out more visit Team Alpari FX Movember and follow the team’s progress on Twitter @TeamAlpariFX

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (24th Oct 2014): For the first time since 2003, Bermuda has been struck by hurricane strength winds not once but twice in the last fortnight. Yet remarkably over this period the mid-Atlantic British Overseas Territory has managed to lay on not just this week’s Argo Group Gold Cup, but last week hosted the world’s top golfers at the PGA Grand Slam. Being on the track of north Atlantic hurricanes means that the islanders have had to adapt over the years and for example a stringent set of building regulations help minimise the inevitable carnage when 100+ mph winds strike. Thanks to efforts of the National Hurricane Centre in the USA, hurricanes are not only tracked but great effort goes into projecting their track. After devastating several Caribbean islands, it was known several days in advance that Tropical Storm Fay and last Friday’s Hurricane Gonzalo were likely to strike Bermuda, so anticipating Gonzalo the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club delayed the start of the Argo Group Gold Cup by a day. Trees were uprooted by the effects of Hurricane Gonzalo Once Gonzalo passed they held a meeting to assess their situation. “If we had 95% of the island without electricity, then we’d have had a problem,” admits event Chairman Brian Billings. In the event only half the island lost power, one damaged International One Design was replaced and the devastation at the airport was such that it was operational again within 24 hours. “After numerous phone calls, we said ‘yes, we’re on’,” says Billings. Hurricane Gonzalo was vicious. Leaving the Caribbean it was rated as a Category 2 hurricane (83-95 knots) but hitting warm open water it built to a Cat 4 (113-136 knots) before downgrading marginally to a Cat 3 just before hitting Bermuda. Argo Group Gold Cup Event Chairman Brian Billings According to Billings, Gonzalo’s slow pace made it a ‘long storm’ with winds already up to storm force by 0700 local time on Friday and still honking by 1100 the next day. “In between my barograph took a very slow spin down and it went down to 27.5 [931mB] and then there was a little bit of a horizontal line and then she slowly came back up again…” This was in stark contrast to Hurricane Emily which came and went within just four hours. Strangest was the eye of the hurricane, continues Billings: “It was huge – it took an hour to pass. It was flat calm, very eerie and very misty – it was kind of weird. Then all of a sudden – womp – the eye wall hit and it came in with a vengeance, like someone threw a bucket of iced water at you unexpectedly.” Damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo When Gonzalo struck Billings says the most wind he saw was 130mph while he was at home, however this was at sea level and it was stronger on higher ground. Despite this the devastation caused was surprisingly slight. This was partly thanks to Tropical Storm Fay having swept through a week earlier with winds of 110+mph. “When Fay hit we hadn’t had any major wind storm for quite a while, so the branches were heavy and we had a very wet August so there was a lot of foliage all over the place and the trees were all laden with flowers and buds, which added extra weight to them,” Billings continues. “So Fay took out of a lot of trees, and the clean up was longer than it was for Gonzalo - the roads were blocked for almost two days. Without that there could have been a lot more damage and the infrastructure could have suffered much more when Gonzalo hit.” Damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo Through sheer luck, the timing of the two storms could not have been better. Fay hit leaving just enough time for the golf course at Port Royal to be cleaned up ready for the PGA Grand Slam, despite vast tree damage. “You wouldn’t have known it had happened - they got the course in great shape real fast,” says Billings. “Bermuda is very resilient and has a capability and the attitude to bounce back. People just jump in and help neighbours and we have our Bermuda regiment which helps.” During hurricanes, usually as devastating as the wind is the storm surge, the massive volume of water blown along ahead of the system. However this did not affect Bermuda. Billings explains: “They were forecasting 35-45ft seas outside of the reef line on the South Shore, but there is the reef that slows it down, so we don’t get a storm surge from there. If it goes from the north then it can come into the Great Sound, then it comes into the Harbour and has no place to go. That happened during Emily.” According to Billings hurricanes strike Bermuda once every 10 years. So having two in the space of a week means statistically they should be free of them for some years to come. Good news for the Argo Group Gold Cup in years to come hopefully.

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    London, UK (14th Nov 2014): The discipline of Match Racing is considered the most combative and strategic form of sailing. With just two boats pit against each other on the race course in identical boats, match racing is about the pure skill of the skipper and the agile performance of his or her team. The ability to make quick decisions and outwit your opponent - every move counts. All rules decisions are made by on-water umpires selected by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This concept was developed by the match racing community and has been long used in the America’s Cup to provide instant decisions to the teams and avoid long protest hearings after racing. Think it’s an easy job? In a new series of ‘You’re the Umpire!’, we take a look at some of the difficult calls the umpires have to make. Would you make the same decisions? 2014 Dutch Match Cup  - Williams vs Hansen In this tense pre-start during Qualifying at the 2014 Dutch Match Cup, both Bjorn Hansen of Hansen Sailing Team and Ian Williams of GAC Pindar fight for position as the clock counts down to the start. In the final seconds before the start, Williams makes an arguably aggressive manoeuvre diving for a gap between Hansen and the committee boat resulting in a collision with both Hansen and the committee boat. Who was in the right and who was in the wrong? And what decision did the Umpires make? In the 4 minute pre-start, both teams fight for the upper hand crossing tacks and trying to move into the best position. Teamwork is key at this point to execute fast manoeuvres in the small pre-start area  Hansen (sailing boat 3) positions himself to leeward and in a right of way position over Williams (boat 5) to make it difficult for Williams to start close to the starting vessel Williams turns towards the start line. He has no right to room between Hansen and the starting vessel because under the rules he cannot call for room when approaching the line to start  The questions here are whether there is room for Williams to fit in the gap between Hansen and the committee boat. And if Hansen subsequently heads up and 'shuts the door’ on Williams, has Williams been given the opportunity to go somewhere other than into the rapidly closing gap. Hansen, as the [leeward] right of way boat, is obliged under rule 16 to give room to the other boat to keep clear as he changes course.  At this point the Umpires have a number of options they can take; Call 1: If there is room for Williams between Hansen and the committee boat, and Hansen simply ‘shuts the door’ without giving Williams any room to keep clear - Penalty to Hansen for breaking rule 16. Call 2: If there is room for Williams between Hansen and the committee boat, and Williams had the room to dip behind Hansen’s stern or tack out to the right of the committee boat as the gap closed but chose not to, then Penalty to Williams for not keeping clear of Hansen. Call 3: If there is no room for Williams no matter what Hansen’s actions then Penalty to Williams for not keeping clear. Call 4: If you give the penalty to Williams and decide he gained an advantage compared to where he would have ended up if he’d bailed out, then hand him a second 'umpire initiated’ Penalty. The Final Umpires Decision: The umpires decided that Williams was in the wrong and he received two penalties, one for not keeping clear of Hansen, and one for gaining an advantage through breaking a rule. Would you have made the same decision? Share your comments on our Facebook post here

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    London, UK - 14 May 2012: Several rule changes have been confirmed for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, coming into effect at the first event of the season, Match Race Germany in Langenargen on May 23 – 28. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water. Craig Mitchell, Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Tour Director, expects the alterations to have a positive effect on the Tour, as well as match racing in general: “Match racing has evolved to the point where we currently have a great set of rules, producing some fantastic sporting action, as we saw quite clearly in the 2011 series. “Nothing major has changed in the past few years and we are enthusiastic in our responsibility to keep developing the rules to challenge our world class athletes and create the best possible spectacle we can.”

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    Langenargen, Germany (9th June 2014): Downunder, where chief umpire Bill Edgerton comes from, there’s a children’s character called Blinky Bill, a laid-back cuddly cartoon Koala. But if the sailors on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour think they can pull the blinkers over their on-the-water officials, they’ve got another thing coming. Edgerton (known to some as Complicated Bill) and his colleagues are wise to their mischievous tricks. Most of the boats used on the Alpari World Match Race Tour are tiller-steered, but at Match Race Germany, the Bavaria 40 keelboat is equipped with a wheel. This offers the cheekier skippers a new opportunity to pull the wool over the eyes of the umpires. Just as professional footballers are prone to tripping over a blade of grass on the edge of the penalty box, sailors are not immune to similar forms of dyspraxia. Tight situations sometimes tempt sailors into the dark art of dissimulation. But Complicated Bill is on to them: “They're playing to the umpires! They're trying to gain an advantage, and it's a game between us and them. “They're always trying to show that they're doing what they need to stay out of trouble, and we're always looking to see that they're doing enough. So, they can exaggerate the drama of the situation and make it look as though it's more dramatic than it is in reality. But it's not as bad as a dive in football. “When you need to keep clear, you have to turn the boat, and if you're not close enough or not watching closely, they can slide their hands over the top of the wheel without actually turning it, saying, ‘Look, I'm going as hard as I can!’” Little beknown to the offending skipper, Edgerton is looking further down - below the waterline - for evidence of whether or not they’re really trying. “Actually if you're looking at the rudder you see there's no turning of the rudder whatsoever. It's up to us to try and satisfy ourselves if they are really doing everything they can, or if they're just playing a game.”news88.net http://www.europosud.ua http://motioncrisp.wordpress.comevakuator-servis.com/http://www.galid.com/

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    Langenargen, Germany (8th June 2014): Being a professional sailor isn’t just about being able to sail a boat fast, it’s about conducting yourself in a professional manner in every respect. It’s what you do off the water that counts too, such as negotiating with commercial partners who can help fund the costs of competing on a global circuit. French skipper Mathieu Richard has shown a useful knack of being able to sign a sponsor who can help his team perform on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Last year, despite lacking a Tour Card, Richard succeeded in finding a sponsor in GEFCO who helped him compete on a number of events as a Wild Card holder. Victory at the Korea Match Cup and some other great performances were sufficient to get him back into this year’s circuit as one of the eight Tour Card holders. “It's a great feeling to be back as a Tour Card holder, because the last time was in 2011. We managed to get a new sponsorship with LunaJets, so they are following us for this season. I'm very excited and very glad to be on the Tour with my team, which is the same team pretty much as last year.” LunaJets, a private jet brokerage based in Geneva, already supported Richard on the RC44 circuit. “When I asked them if they wanted to go on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, they immediately said yes, so they are very excited to be on the circuit with us. We hope we can repay their faith in us. They are very sensitive to the fact that it's a World Championship and we are a very high level team and we are fighting for the victory, for the title. They like this very much.” Richard has a very diverse background in racing, with world championship wins as a tactician in keelboats like the Mumm 30 and fast multihulls the ORMA 60 offshore trimarans. He has won the offshore challenge, the Tour de France a la Voile, four times, but in the past decade he has increasingly focused on match racing. Victory at the European Match Racing Championship in 2004 showed what he could do, and since then he has finished runner-up in the Tour in 2007. He has been a world force in match racing ever since. Richard attributes his success to having raced with a core of friends for a very long time. “I started match racing with Greg, my tactician, more than 15 years ago, so it's really been a while. Then Thierry and Olivier have been with me for eight or nine years. Francois Verdier, the bowman, started with me two years ago and Pascal Rambeau, the same.” While he’s competing in a combative part of the sport, Richard maintains a placid demeanour. “I am not sure I am very aggressive, definitely some are more so, like Bjorn Hansen; even the young guys, Robertson, Swinton, they like to be aggressive. It is not in my nature to be so aggressive. I try to stay smooth on the course to keep the boat fast and we also have good skills in terms of tactics on board with Greg as tactician. It's difficult to say just one good point about the team, we have a lot of skills and I think we are pretty strong in all parts of the game.” Aged 38, he is one of the older skippers on the Tour, but with many good years remaining, and with as much enthusiasm for the sport as ever, he says. “Obviously you haven't got the same spirit when you are 20 as when you are 38. When you are 20 you are starting out, and you are probably a bit fresher and looking at racing with, I wouldn't say more enthusiasm, but you discover everything for the first time. When you get a bit more experienced you know how it works, it's a bit different. You can bet on your experience to beat the others - and that's what we are trying to do.” But is there a danger of relying on experience too much, of not trying new ideas any more? “Not really, because sailing is a game in which you always try to improve every day. Even if I started match racing 15 years ago, I am always trying to improve and thinking about the moves, the start, the trimming etc. You are never satisfied with your level. It's about trying to improve all the time. Experience is a good asset, but you have to always be looking for new tricks.”http://online.casinocity.com evakuator-servis.com http://europosud.uawww.evakuator-servis.comhttp://goodportal.com.ua/

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    London, UK (9th Oct 2014): The German National Match Racing Championship kicks off today at the Constance Yacht Club, Langenargen Germany. Nine of Germany’s best match racing teams will go head to head in the hope of gaining an invite to next year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour Championship event, Match Race Germany. The German National Match Race Championships will be sailed in Blu26 boats with a 4 person crew on picturesque Lake Constance in Germany. Felix Oehmes, who is one of the best ranked sailors in Germany, has his eyes on winning this year’s event. Oehmes of Hamburg Match Race Team who sailed alongside Carsten Kemmling at Match Race Germany this year, has gained much match racing experience against top sailors from the Alpari Tour and will have a few tricks up his sleeves in the competition. However, more experienced match racers Lars Hueckstedt of Heizkörper Sailing Team and Adrian Maier-Ring, helmsman for Innotio Match Race Team will be among the other contenders looking for the win this weekend. The winner of Qualifying will proceed straight to the Semi Finals. The next 6 teams will compete in Quarter Final knockouts before advancing to Semi Finals and Finals which are scheduled for Saturday 11 October. German National Match Race Championships Felix Oehme-NRV Match Race TeamLars Hueckstaedt-Heizkörper Sailing TeamAdrian Maier-Ring-Innotio Match Race Team IFlorian Haufe-Haufe Racing TeamJens Hartwig-Hartwig Match TeamChi Trung Huynh-ASV Matchrace Team Mathias Rebholz-Team Up!Felix Schrimper-Innotio Match Race Team II Tino Ellegast-Team Ellegast

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    London, UK (20th June 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center today selected the Batavia Regatta, which will run over 23 - 24 August 2014 at the Bataviahaven of Lelystad, Holland, as the official Qualifying event for the Dutch Match Cup 2014. The Batavia Sailing Center is the organiser of the Dutch Match Cup the recently announced Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. For teams wishing to race in the Dutch Match Cup two Qualification places are available. Both the winner and the runner up of the Batavia Regatta will receive an invite to the Dutch Match Cup which will be held between 24-28 September this year. The Dutch Match Cup and the Batavia Regatta will be sailed in MaxFun 25 boats with the race area directly in front of the port of Bataviahaven, very close to the shore, offering fantastic opportunities for spectators to enjoy the action. The organization of the Dutch Match Cup has two further Wild Card invites which will be decided upon later in the year. Batavia Regatta The Batavia Regatta will be an ISAF Grade 3 match racing event. Further information about invites to the Batavia Regatta and the NoRcan be found at www.dutchmatchcup.nl/qualifier/jobtalk.jp http://www.budmag.ua http://www.progressive.uawww.dxtranse.com.ua/europosud.ua/

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Williams’ story is a remarkable one and goes against the grain of his fellow Card Holders. While he started sailing at a young age, he actually pursued a career in Law first, qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. It wasn’t until he took a six-month sabbatical and won two Grade 1 events, which earned him a place amongst the top five in the World Rankings that he took up sailing full-time.

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