New Events Added To World Match Racing Tour
London, UK (7th May 2015): The World Match Racing Tour has added two new events to its 2015/16 world championship schedule. ‘The Sails of White Nights’ held in St Petersburg, Russia and the Internationaux de France in Pornichet, France both join the professional sailing series as World Tour Events. The 2015/16 Tour now features 19 events including 7 World Championship and 12 World Tour events under the new Tour format announced earlier this year.
Founded in 2006, ‘The Sails of White Nights’ (3-7 June 2015) is staged in the iconic City of St Petersburg with racing held on the Niva River directly in front of the world famous Winter Palace (The Hermitage). The venue offers a stadium atmosphere for spectators and VIP guests to watch the action close to the shore. This year, the event will also represent the 2015 EUROSAF Open Match Racing European Championship.
Event founder, Natalia Fedorova (RUS) said ‘It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the World Match Racing Tour and also crown the European Champion. We look forward to welcoming the teams, officials and spectators to our spectacular venue in the heart of St Petersburg.’
Also joining the 2015/16 Tour is the ‘Internationaux de France’ (29 July – 1 August), one of the long term ‘go to’ match racing events in Western Europe since 2002. Raced in Pornichet near Nantes in West France, the event will see twelve teams slug it out in July for World Championship points and the winner will become the French Match Racing champion. The event is supported by the cities of Nantes and Pornichet as well as Pays de la Loire region creating a summer festival for sailors and non-sailors alike.
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Under the World Tour’s new event format launched earlier this year, the top six placed skippers from the Ficker Cup (8-10 May) will be awarded points to the 2015/16 World Championship leader-board. The top two Ficker Cup skippers will also qualify for places at the following week’s opening World Championship Tour Event, The Congressional Cup (13-17 May), this year celebrating its 51st edition.
World Match Racing Tour 2015/16 Event Schedule:
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
13 - 17 May 2015 Congressional Cup, Long Beach, USA
21 - 25 May 2015 Match Race Germany, Langenargen, Germany
29 June - 4 July 2015 Stena Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand, Sweden
29 July - 1 August 2015 Energa Sopot Match Race, Sopot, Poland
23 - 27 September 2015 Dutch Match Cup, Lelystad, Netherlands
6 - 11 October 2015 Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, Bermuda
26 - 30 January 2016 Monsoon Cup Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
WORLD TOUR EVENTS
8 - 10 May 2015 FICKER Cup, Long Beach, USA
9 - 10 May 2015 VOLVO SPRING CUP, Langedrag, Sweden
29 - 31 May 2015 Szczecin Match, Szczecin Race, Poland
3-7 June 2015 The Sails of White Nights, St Petersburg, Russia
10 - 14 Jun 2015 Royal Southern Match Cup, Hamble, United Kingdom
17 - 19 July 2015 Dziwnow Match Race, Dziwnow, Poland
29 July – 1 August Internationaux de France, Pornichet, France
21 - 23 August 2015 Dutch Match Cup Qualifier, Lelystad, Netherlands
26 - 30 August 2015 KNICKERBOCKER CUP, New York, USA
Sepetember* BERMUDA MR CHAMPIONSHIP, Hamilton, Bermuda
November* Monsoon Cup Terengganu
December* LIGA LAYAR SERIES Malaysia
* Dates to be confirmed
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