Last year's Match Cup teams were hugely competitive. © Photo by Royal Southern Match Cup
London, UK (30th March 2015): The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) today announced the addition of the Royal Southern Match Cup (10-14 June) to the 2015/16 championship schedule. Organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) in Hamble UK, the Match Cup will be added to the calendar as a 'World Tour' event following the new and expanded event format for 2015 announced by WMRT last week. The top six placed skippers from the UK event will be awarded points to the annual championship leader-board.
The announcement marks the first UK event to join the World Match Racing Tour schedule. As James Pleasance, WMRT Executive Director commented;
"The RSrnYC has been very pro-active in developing its youth sailors and their involvement in match racing over the last few years. We were very pleased to offer some technical assistance to the Match Cup at their inaugural ISAF Grade 2 event last year, and to now include them as an official event of the World Match Racing Tour calendar in the UK."
Keith Swinton in action at the 2014 Royal Southern Match Cup © Photo by Royal Southern Match Cup
Karen Henderson-Williams, Vice Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, who has been involved with the Club's match racing since it started five years ago said:
"This is like a dream come true! Eight years ago, my colleague and Event Director, Colin Hall, came back from Perth WA having seen top level youth match racing at work in the Warren Jones Invitational and asking, 'How can our young people compete if they don't have this kind of opportunity at home?. We started five years ago in our Academy and held the first ISAF Grade 2 (European Championship level) event in the UK for six years. We have two Qualifiers to decide who gains the final invitations to compete in the Match Cup, one in Ploen, Germany, in May and our own on 11/12 April, so to be able to announce the event's participation in the World Match Racing Tour now is right on cue."
Three of the eight Tour card skippers for 2015/2016, including five-time World Champion Ian Williams (GAC Pindar), will compete with a world class field in the Match Cup for the second year running.
Current Royal Southern Match Cup entry list:
Ian Williams (GBR) World No.1
Keith Swinton (AUS) Rank 8
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Rank 10
Chris Steele (NZL) Rank 15
Mark Lees (GBR) Rank 23
Philip Bendon (IRL) Rank 28
Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Rank 33
Plus qualifiers to be announced.
For more information on the Royal Southern Match Cup, visit www.royal-southern.co.uk
RSrnYC Media Enquiries:
Peta Stuart-Hunt | Press Officer
T: +44 (0) 1590 679 621
M: +44 (0) 7711 477 707
About the Royal Southern Yacht Club
The Club celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2012. The Royal Southern, whose Patron is HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T., is one of Europe's premier yacht racing organisers, excelling at all levels of competition and enjoying the practical experience of internationally qualified race officers amongst its members. Many of the Club's sailing members have achieved notable successes on the international stage, from world champions in dinghies and keelboats to the twice winner of the classic Rolex Fastnet Race.
Quadruple Olympic Gold and Silver Medal, & America's Cup winning sailor Sir Ben Ainslie, and single-handed circumnavigators, Samantha Davies, Sir Chay Blyth and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston are all Honorary Members as is disabled yachtsman and disability sports ambassador Geoff Holt and Paralympic medallist Helena Lucas. The Club has a proud and illustrious history in the sport and an active membership in excess of 1700 adults and 140 Academy members.