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Pandemic Delays World Match Racing Tour Final 2021

31st January 2022
The postponed 2021 WMRT Final scheduled for 15-20 March in Shenzhen, China will not be able to go ahead
The postponed 2021 WMRT Final scheduled for 15-20 March in Shenzhen, China will not be able to go ahead

Organisers of the World Match Racing Tour today announced the postponed 2021 WMRT Final scheduled for 15-20 March in Shenzhen, China will not be able to go ahead to ongoing border closures and Covid-19 restrictions in China. 

Despite the event organisers being fully prepared and ready to welcome competitors and officials to Shenzhen in March, it has not been possible to secure the necessary travel visas to China in time for the event, combined with the current minimum 21-day quarantine period for all event participants on arrival in Shenzhen. 

“It is obviously disappointing we are not be able to travel to China for the first Shenzhen Bao’an Match Cup in March,” commented WMRT Executive Director James Pleasance. “Sadly, the current rules on securing travel visas to China, as well as the minimum isolation period on arrival have made it impossible for us to go ahead with the event.” 

The Tour organisers are continuing discussions with their event partner in Shenzhen and local authorities over the coming weeks to explore the options of hosting an additional event to the season later in the year when competitors and officials will be allowed entry to China.

In the meantime, the 2022 WMRT season will start as scheduled in April with the Ficker Cup (13-16 April) and 57th Congressional Cup (18-23 April). 

2022 World Match Racing Tour Schedule

Ficker Cup, Long Beach, CA, USA, 13 – 16 April
*Congressional Cup, Long Beach, CA, 18 – 23 April
Szczecin Match Race, Poland, 28 April – 1 May
Porto Montenegro Match Race, 6 – 8 May
NJK Open Spring Cup, Finland, 20 – 22 May
Island Match Cup, Puerto Rico, 24 – 29 May Cancelled
GKSS Spring Cup Sweden, 4 – 5 June
OM International Ledro Match Race, 16 – 19 June
*GKSS Match Cup Marstrand, 4 – 9 July
Chicago Grand Slam, USA, 12 – 14 August
International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, USA, 18 – 21 August
Oakcliff International, Oyster Bay NY, USA, 25 – 29 August
Thompson Cup, Oyster Bay NY, USA, 30 August – 3 September
Baltic Match Race, Estonia, 7 – 11 September
Match Race Germany, 29 September - 3 October
DBS Marina Bay Cup, Singapore, 30 September – 3 October
Polish Open, Szczecin, Poland, 7-9 October
*Bermuda Gold Cup, 17 – 22 October
*Shenzhen Bao’an Match Cup: WMRT Finals 2022, 6-11 December
*World Championship (WC) Events

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About Match Racing

A match race is a race between two competitors, going head-to-head.

In yacht racing, it is differentiated from a fleet race, which almost always involves three or more competitors competing against each other, and team racing where teams consisting of 2, 3 or 4 boats compete together in a team race, with their results being combined.

A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other. With effective boat handling and clever use of wind and currents, a trailing boat can escape the grasp of the leader and pass. The leader uses blocking techniques to hold the other boat back. This one-on-one duel is a game of strategy and tactics.

About the World Match Racing Tour

Founded in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) promotes the sport of match racing around the world and is the longest running global professional series in the sport of sailing. The WMRT is awarded ‘Special Event’ status by the sport’s world governing body – World Sailing – and the winner of the WMRT each year is crowned World Sailing Match Racing World Champion. Previous champions include Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR), Taylor Canfield (USA), Peter Gilmour (AUS), Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Peter Holmberg (ISV), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Bertrand Pace (FRA), Jesper Radich (DEN), Phil Robertson (NZL) and Ian Williams (GBR). Since 2000, the World Match Racing Tour and its events have awarded over USD23million in prize money to sailors which has helped to contribute to the career pathway of many of today’s professional sailors

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