Start Venue: Langenargen, Germany
Finish Venue: Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Title Sponsor: Alpari
Start Date: 05 June 2014
Finish Date: 29 November 2014
A match race is a duel between two identically-matched boats and at the end of the race there is a winner -and a loser. Match racing has its own set of rules, which are slightly different from the regular racing rules which creates a very close, aggressive competition in which collisions are certainly not rare.
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour (formerly known as the World Match Racing Tour - WMRT) is a professional sailing series featuring World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status.
Events take place in identically supplied racing yachts to place the focus on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore so that spectators and fans can follow the racing in a virtual on-the-water stadium.
Media and television highlights coverage reaches in excess of 183 countries around the world.
A match race can be described as a duel between two identically-matched boats with a winner -and a loser. When two boats are on the starting line, the race is called match racing. Match racing has its own set of rules, which are slightly different from the regular racing rules that create very close, aggressive competition in which collisions are certainly not rare. Before the start, the boats vie for control, circling each other and trying to wipe each other off on spectator boats in an elaborate game of cat and mouse. Match racing also has on-the-water judging, with umpires doling out "instant justice" on the water.
Operating in 8 countries and spanning 3 continents, the Tour offers an established series of professionally managed events featuring past and present America’s Cup competitors, Olympians, World Champions as well as some of the best emerging talent in the sport. Teams compete year round for $1.75m, the richest purse in professional sailing, and the chance to crowned World Match Racing Champions.
2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Calendar
Stage 1: 5-9 June - Match Race Germany, Langenargen, Germany
Stage 2: 30 June-5 July - Stena Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand, Sweden
Stage 3: 31 July-3 August - Sopot Match Race, Sopot, Poland
Stage 4: 17-21 September - Chicago Match Cup, Chicago, USA
Stage 5: 21-26 October - Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, Bermuda
Stage 6: 25-29 November - Monsoon Cup, Malaysia* (TBC)
ISAF-sanctioned tour bought by Swedish M32 Catamaran manufacturer.
Organisers of the Stena Match Cup Sweden, a popular stage on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, have announced that IT and management consulting firm HiQ will serve as the event’s IT partner for 2014.
Foreign exchange broker Alpari has signed up to become an official boat sponsor of the Stena Match Cup Sweden for the second consecutive year.
Sailing's Alpari World Match Racing Tour has agreed a long-term partnership with IMG Media.
The German leg of the World Match Racing Tour has secured two new partners in the form of Adidas and Porsche.