Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW Direct - Multi Dinghy Insurance

WMRT returns to Perth, Australia

by World Match Racing Tour 26 Nov 2016 09:50 GMT 16-25 March 2017
The World Match Racing Tour returns to Australia © Ian Roman / WMRT

After last season's success of the World Match Racing Tour's first event in the Australian sailing hot spot of Fremantle the WMRT is proud to announce that it is coming back for seconds. The first event of the 2017 WMRT season in the chase for the World Championship title will be the WMRT Match Cup Australia in Perth, March 20-25.

"We are super excited to welcome the WMRT back to Perth." says Australian Manager Skip Lissiman and continues "Getting a world class sailing event back to Western Australia has invigorated the whole sailing community. We love having the M32 catamarans at the local clubs in Perth, which has helped to strengthen match racing in the area. Match racing is a big part of the rich history of top level sailing events here in Western Australia. Being the second WMRT event sailed in the M32 yachts here in Perth we know what to expect and look forward to building on the public support from last year with even more spectators."

The event will actually consist of two regattas over a ten-day period. The first three days, March 16-18, will be the WMRT Perth Match Cup, a World Tour level event. From this event the top two contenders will qualify in to the World Championship level event starting just one day later, the WMRT Match Cup Australia. "We have quite a few local teams that have been focusing on the WMRT since last year. Matt Jerwood and his Redline Racing came in third in the WMRT finals in Marstrand and Steven Thomas, myself as well as my brother David are training hard for this upcoming season. I couldn't be happier to see it come back to Perth." Sam Gilmour skipper of the local team Neptune Racing comments.

Ten WMRT Tour Card teams are already qualified in to the event. These teams, who have won their Tour Cards due to their match racing ranking, prior results or via wild cards, are yet to be announced at this date. Four additional teams have also qualified to the WMRT Match Cup Australia after finishing at the top of the WMRT World Tour level events in Poland and Sweden earlier this year. Three Scandinavian teams with the two Swedes of Nicklas Dackhammar, Essiq Racing and young Måns Holmberg, Typhoon X Racing together with the Danish Olympic medalist Allan Nørregaard will push for the top at the season opener in Perth.

For the hometown crowds there will plenty to cheer for since the event will see an Australian match racing star throwing his hat in to the ring once again. Torvar Mirsky, who finished second in the World Match Racing Tour 2010 losing the world title in the final match of the season to New Zealander Adam Minoprio, finished second to Dackhammar in Poland hence winning the qualification to WMRT Match Cup Australia. Mirsky who last season tested the waters as crew for Steven Thomas after several years on the kite sailing scene has in the background built a new squad and is now ready to challenge for a permanent place on the World Match Racing Tour.

  • WMRT Match Cup Australia will be held March 20-25, 2017.
  • WMRT Perth Match Cup will be held March 16-18, 2017.
For further information please visit www.wmrt.com

Related Articles

WMRT Match Racing World Championship overall
Torvar topples Robertson to win his first world title Torvar Mirsky has become the Match Racing World Champion after beating defending champion Phil Robertson 3-1 in the 2017 finals in Shenzhen, China. The skipper from Western Australia tore up the script, defied the odds, and sailed out of his skin. Posted on 29 Oct 2017
WMRT Match Racing World Championship day 5
Steele and Robertson square up for Battle of the Bridge After a day of very little wind at the 2017 Match Racing World Championship, the breeze kicked in for the final hour before sunset and the drama unfolded. Posted on 28 Oct 2017
WMRT Match Racing World Championship day 4
Harry pays a heavy price but he's not spent yet Harry Price might have broken through to the Quarter Finals after winning two crucial battles today in Match Cup China 2017. The young Australian was up against Markus Edegran from the USA, but Price was penalised for a technical infringement. Posted on 27 Oct 2017
WMRT Match Racing World Championship day 3
Aschenbrenner leaps into the Super 16 Stage Joachim Aschenbrenner defied the odds today to battle his way out of the Sail Off and into the Super 16 stage at the 2017 WMRT Match Racing World Championship. Posted on 26 Oct 2017
WMRT Match Racing World Championship day 2
America's Cup Veterans battling for survival There are no fools among the 18 teams battling for supremacy at the 2017 Match Racing World Championship, but after two days of fleet race Qualifying three skippers are battling for survival through to the Super 16 Stage. Posted on 25 Oct 2017
WMRT Match Racing World Championship day 1
Stainless Steele shines in Shenzhen Chris Steele showed his mettle on day one of the WMRT Match Racing World Championship. The skipper of the young Kiwi team, 36 Below Racing, put on a dominant display in his fleet racing group. Posted on 24 Oct 2017
WMRT Alicante Match Cup overall
Unbeaten Guichard victorious On a day when you couldn't have asked for better sailing conditions, Yann Guichard's Spindrift Racing rounded off a flawless display with victory at the Alicante Match Cup. Posted on 15 Oct 2017
WMRT Alicante Match Cup day 3
Guichard books first Semis spot Yann Guichard taught fellow Frenchman Quentin Delapierre a lesson in light-wind mastery today to secure Spindrift a spot in the semi finals of the Alicante Match Cup. Posted on 14 Oct 2017
WMRT Alicante Match Cup day 2
M32s sail in the shadows of the Volvo Ocean Race yachts The second day of the Alicante Match Cup served up some classic match racing action as the fleet switched modes from fleet racing to one-on-one knockouts. Posted on 14 Oct 2017
World Match Racing Tour in Alicante
Collaboration with the Volvo Ocean Race As the world's best sailors arrived on their Volvo Ocean 65s into Alicante, some of sailing's top match racing talent set sail to compete in a World Match Racing Tour qualifier event in front of bustling crowds. Posted on 13 Oct 2017