Founded in 1999, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the world’s leading professional sailing series. It features world class sailors and Olympic champion, with tour events staged around the globe. WMRT is officially sanctioned with ‘Special Event’ status by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the sport’s world governing body. This year, Newport will host a WMRT stage from May 30-June 4 based at Sail Newport.
In July 2015, Swedish company Aston Harald AB acquired the ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour. The acquisition marks a major step forward for the World Match Racing Tour with the introduction of the one-design M32 high-performance catamarans.
Each stage, or World Championship event, now takes place in identically supplied one-design M32 high-performance catamarans to place the focus on teamwork and skill. The nature of sport, with close to shore action, intense tactical skills and live analysis, offers host cities an excellent opportunity to present themselves positively to a global audience.
New World Championship events will now offer a total of US $200,000 prize money. Each World Championship event will feature 20 teams. The top 20 ranked teams on the Tour leaderboard after the penultimate event will compete at the World Finals in Marstrand, Sweden in July.
World Match Racing Tour works alongside media partner, IMG Media, the world’s largest distributor of sports and entertainment programs, to distribute live and highlights coverage of all events to over 40 broadcasters in +180 countries. For more information, visit: http://wmrt.com