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Women's ISAF World Match Race Teams Line Out at Royal Cork Yacht Club
#wmr – A chilly breeze did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm and sheer exuberance of the thirteen teams assembled for the opening ceremony of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship at the Royal Cork Yacht Club last night…
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships to Race at Cork City Quays
#matchrace – A most unusual event will take place off Albert Quay, Cork, on June 6th from 2pm to 6pm when some of the world's top ranked women match racing sailors will match race in J80 sailboats with full running…
Two Irish Teams For ISAF Match Race Worlds in Cork
#matchracing – Two womens team are to go forward from three entries at last weekend's Irish trials for the the ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club in June.  After a short notice event in Howth last weekend…
Women’s ISAF Match Racing Selection Trials to Be Held in Howth This Sunday
#matchracing – Ireland has been granted two wild card places at the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships to be held at Royal Cork Yacht Club from the 3rd - 8th of June 2014. In order to select teams…
Dillon & Coleman Win Cork's River Lee Invitational Match Race
#matchracing – Laura Dillon sailing with Olympic helmswoman Maria Coleman were the winners of the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) hosted Invitational Match Racing event in aid of the Nathan Kirwan Trust in the heart of the Cork city on the…
Invitational 1720 Sportsboat Match Racing Event for Port of Cork
#matchrace – This Saturday the 29th Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) will be hosting an Invitational Match Racing event in aid of the Nathan Kirwan Trust in the heart of the Cork city on the River Lee. Six teams will…
Match Racing Ireland Keen to See Woman Sailor Who Missed Deadline Invited to Cork Match Race Event
#isaf – Following this morning's news in the Irish Times that the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has reversed a decision to fill the host nation's wild card place for the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship on Cork Harbour in…
ISAF Match Racing Returns to Royal Cork Yacht Club
The ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds Circuit arrives in Cork Harbour from June 3rd to 8th, 2014 and will be hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Claire Bateman. What a prospect both exciting and daunting lies ahead for Royal…
Match Racing Ireland Seek Teams for ISAF Women's & Youth World Championships
#matchrace – ISAF have released details of two international Grade 'W' match racing events for which Match Racing Ireland are seeking teams. They are the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship and the ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship. Event…
Irish Youth Crew Are European Match U23 Racing Champions
#matchrace – Team Ireland with skipper Philip Bendon are the new Match Race Youth European Championship for 2013. Bendon's three man crew on Lake Constance yesterday included cousin James Bendon from Cork, Christopher Tiernan and Bruno Van Dyke. The Irish…
Irish Match Racing Champions 'Whitefire' Are Crowned in Howth
#matchracing – The Champion vs the Pretender. The King vs the Prince. On paper the match between Peter Baylys Team Top Gun (Peter Bayly, Richie Murphy, Ian McNamee and Paddy Blackley) and Graham Barkers Whitefire Racing (Graham Barker, Ryan Scott,…
Howth to Host National Match Racing Challenge off Ireland's Eye
#matchracing – Graham Barker and his Whitefire team, skippered by Ryan Scott, have challenged for the match racing national championship. The sail off against Peter Baily and the St George Gladiators will take place on the 14th April, hosted by…
IMRA Offers Chance to Challenge the Match Racing Champion
#matchracing – Both the Leinsters and National Championships Irish Match Racing events didn't happen this year as the Irish Match Racing Association (IMRA) fell a couple of teams short of the number needed for a viable event each time. Here…
'Gladiators' Reign in Match Race Champs
#MATCHRACING – This weekend's fourth Irish National Match Racing Championship, hosted  by Lough Derg Yacht Club, went to the Gladiators team. The Gladiators – captained by Richie Murphy, with Peter Bayly on the helm, Paddy Blackley as sheet hand and…
Eight Teams Advance to Nations Cup Semifinals
In match racing news, Rita Goncalves (POR) and Henrique Haddad (BRA) each won their repechage rounds to qualify to move onto the Nations Cup Grand Final semifinals, to be sailed Saturday. The skippers and their crews join three other teams…
World's Top Match Racers Compete in Nations Cup Final
Crowning the world's best match racing nation, the Grand Final of the ISAF Nations Cup comes to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA from 13-18 September. Hosted by Sail Sheboygan, the competition will see some of the finest sailors from across the globe…

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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