World Match Racing Tour announces 2016 Season and Tour Card holders

2016 WRMT card holders, Picture: ©

The 2016 Tour Card holders

Following the announcement during the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda in October that the World Match Racing Tour will transition to catamaran racing in the M32, the team have worked hard on creating a strong season that will be crowned with a $1 million U.S.D. prize to the winner. This has resulted in a season that consists of iconic sailing venues that will write a new chapter in the prosperous legacy of the World Match Racing Tour.

Growing interest
The Championship events of this season, which will form a short season when adapting to the new venue for the World Finals in Marstrand in July, will together create a total prize purse of over $2 million U.S.D. to the teams. Something that together with the introduction of the M32 has created a fast growing interest for the World Match Racing Tour.

© Photo by City of Fremantle

Fremantle, Perth will be the first stop on the 2016 World Match Racing Tour

Venues and dates:

  • Fremantle, Perth, Australia, March 2nd-7th
  • Long Beach, Los Angeles, USA, April 5th-10th
  • Undisclosed Venue, April 18th-23rd (TBC)
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, May 9th-14th
  • Newport, RI, USA, May 31st-June 4th
  • World Championship Finals, Marstrand, Sweden, July 4th-9th

For Fremantle it will be the 30 year anniversary since the start of classic America's Cup event in 1986-87, Long Beach will host its 52nd edition of the Congressional Cup and Copenhagen will make a much sought after comeback to the premiere division of match racing.

List of ten appointed Tour Card Skippers for the 2016 World Championship:

  • Ian Williams, GBR
  • Bjorn Hansen, SWE
  • Taylor Canfield, USV
  • Keith Swinton, AUS
  • Phil Robertson, NZL
  • Eric Monnin, SUI
  • Yann Guichard, FRA
  • Mattias Rahm, SWE
  • Sally Barkow, USA
  • Nicolai Sehested, DEN