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Chicago Match Race Center Announces Complete 2013 Schedule

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Stage 4 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Chicago Match Cup starts from the 6 - 11 August © Photo by Chicago Match Race Center

Stage 4 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Chicago Match Cup starts from the 6 - 11 August © Photo by Chicago Match Race Center

Chicago, USA - 15th February - Now entering its fifth season of providing world class match race sailing to the Great Lakes area, the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) is pleased to announce its 2013 schedule of events including the all important Qualifying events for the Chicago Match Cup, the 4th and only US Stage on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. 

This year a total of 9 events are planned including 6 ISAF Grade 3 events, two at the Grade 2 level, and one Grade W event, the Chicago Match Cup. Entry to each event is by invitation, although teams claim invites to the Grade 2 and the Chicago Match Cup event through a series of qualifiers, both at CMRC and other match race venues.

Each Alpari World Match Racing Tour event invites two teams from a qualification system. For the Chicago Match Cup there are two events allocated from which the winners move on to the main event. For 2013 those events are the 2012 CMRC Grade 2 Grand Slam and 2013 CMRC Chicago Match Cup Qualifier (28-30 June). The 2013 Qualifier, which is an ISAF Grade 2 event, also has two events feeding into it, which are the Ficker Cup (5-7 April) and the CMRC May Grade 3 Spring Invitational (18-19 May).

The Qualification system is a vital part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour as it defines a pathway for teams to follow to win the opportunity to race against the professional teams on the Tour. Match Racing does have limitations on the number of competitors able to race at each event and so the Qualifier system helps to open up the opportunities for teams to get to the big events.

May 18-19: Grade 3 - Spring Invitational
Prizes
: invitation to 2013 Chicago Match Cup Qualifier; invitation to 2013 Richardson
Invitations:
ten invitations allocated by resume and ranking - 10 teams total
Deadline to request: April 1, 2013

June 13-16: US Women's Match Race Championship
Prizes:
invitation to US Open Match Race Championship
Invitations:
ten invitations allocated by resume and ranking - 10 teams total
Deadline to request invitation: May 1, 2013, via US Sailing

June 28-30: Grade 2 - Chicago Match Cup Qualifier
Prizes:
invitation to 2013 Alapri World Match Racing Tour Chicago Match Cup
Qualifiers:
2013 Ficker Cup (1); 2013 CMRC May Grade 3 Spring Invitational (1)
Invitations:
ten invitations allocated by resume and ranking - 12 teams total
Deadline to request invitation: May 15, 2013

July 18-19: Grade 3 - Summer Invitational A
July 20-21: Grade 3 - Summer Invitational B
Prizes:
invitation to 2013 Oakcliff International, 2013 CMRC August Grade 2 Grand Slam                
Invitations:
ten invitations allocated by resume and ranking- 10 teams total
Deadline to request invitation: June 1, 2013

August 6-11: Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Chicago Match Cup
Qualifiers:
2012 CMRC Grade 2 Grand Slam, 2013 CMRC Chicago Match Cup Qualifier
Invitations:
eight via AWMRT; two invitations extended by CMRC - 12 teams total
Deadline to request invitation: June 15, 2013

August 16-18: Grade 2 - Grand Slam
Prizes:
winner of 2013 Grand Slam Series earns entry to 2013 Congressional Cup
Qualifiers:
2013 Oakcliff Summer Invitational, June 8-9 , 2013 CMRC Summer invitational
Invitations:
ten invitations allocated by resume and ranking - 12 teams total
Deadline to request invitation: July 1, 2013

September 26-27: Grade 3 - Autumn Invitational A
September 28-29: Grade 3 - Autumn Invitational B
Invitations:
ten invitations allocated by resume and ranking- 10 teams total
Deadline to request invitation: August 15, 2013

Details of all the CMR events are listed below and further information is available on the CMRC Website www.chicagomatchrace.com

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