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    Sopot, Poland (30th July 2014): One of the most exciting developments in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for 2014 is the addition of Sopot Match Race into its roster of events.  This year will be the 11th edition of Sopot Match Race, taking place on the Baltic in the Polish holiday resort close to Gdansk. As a nation Poland is one of the most prolific internationally when it comes to match racing with the annual Polish Match Tour comprising five or six events annually. As a result, according to event organiser and competitor Przemek Tarnacki, his country also has more sailors in the top 100 of the ISAF match race rankings than any other. It is therefore fitting that Poland’s top event for the first time this year should form part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.  “For us, for the community, for this part of Europe, it is fantastic,” says Tarnacki of his event’s new status. “Society here will be much more aware of it this year, because for us all the time we are educating, educating sponsors and media, etc about what the event is, what match racing is and what impact the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has on the international sailing scene and its connection with the America’s Cup. In France, Sweden or Germany that is much easier to communicate than it is in Poland.” Przemysław Tarnacki (POL) Tarnacki Yacht Racing won the event in 2013 © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Sopot Match Race is centred around the town’s giant 0.5km long pier, Europe’s longest wooden pier, which in the height summer is visited daily by 20,000 people. The start and finish of each race is held immediately off the pier. As Poland’s leading match racer, 2002 World Champion and former America’s Cup helmsman describes it: “Sopot is one of the best sailing stadiums in the world and all of the racing is run close to the pier, so the spectators have a really close view of the action that is going on on the water.” Molo Pier attracts 20,000 people daily in the height of summer holidays © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Jablonski used to sail 470s here when he was studying at the Sports Academy in Gdansk, has competed at Sopot Match Race regularly over the last four years, in addition to his extensive duties helming or acting as tactician on pro-race boats and superyachts around the world.“Sopot is a holiday town,” Jablonski continues. “It is very, very crowded in the summer as there are a lot of beaches, plenty of good hotels and restaurants. And it is a great place to do sport, go mountain biking, running, skating and there are a lot of concerts going on in the summer.” Sopot Match Race has a great line up of hospitality events during week © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Historically in addition to Sopot Match Race, the venue has played host to the European Match Racing Championship in 2007 and back in the 1990s hosted prestigious events for the One Ton Class and the ILC 40s. Jablonski remembers: “Pro sailors like Francesco de Angelis and Torben Grael say they’ve never forgotten those events for its great sailing on the water, great parties, great food, great atmosphere and great looking girls!” At Sopot Match Race this year, 12 teams will be taking part. In addition to seven of the eight Alpari world Match Racing Tour card holders (Francesco Bruni is unable to compete due to his Luna Rossa commitments), this includes two from Poland, one led by Jablonski, the other by Tarnacki who until recently was world no8 in the ISAF match race rankings. Also sailing will be Sweden’s Johnie Berntsson, Denmark’s Nicolai Sehested, and Finnish match racer, Staffan Lindberg, the latter two gaining their places through the two qualifying events.  As to how Jablonski expects to do: “I will be probably very good in the ‘guest category’, if there is one, because I only match race two times a year or so, but it is still the sailing that I like the most: The direct fight with your opponent, you can play the rules and boat speed and I love to test my skills, to see if I have lost my touch, and push people in the pre-start! I like the challenge and even if I am exhausted and sometimes disappointed if it doesn’t always go my way, it is always great fun.”  The event is sailed in 34ft Danish-built Diamond 3000s, an IOR-type design from the late 1980s with long overhangs, a relatively small cockpit and running backstays. “They are a serious 3 tonne boat, so good for match racing with quite a tall rig of 14m. They are suitable for our venue because if you used TOM 28s or J/80s, they would be too small for sailing off the pier which is quite big,” says Tarnacki. Like other events on the Tour, the event is used as a corporate hospitality vehicle and this year its sponsors include Samsung, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, which is providing all the top class alcohol for the event’s official functions, Albert Riele Swiss watches and Ferrari, which will have 30 cars at the venue, as the event has been chosen as the finish for Ferrari’s rally around Poland.  Racing takes place over 4 days from Thursday 31st July until Sunday 3rd August and sunshine with a light to moderate sea breeze are to be expected. The format will see a full round of Qualifying, with the winner advancing to the Semi Finals, followed by a 6 team Quarter Final then Semi Final and Final. Stage 3 Sopot Match Race, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing David Gilmour (ASU) Team Gilmour Przemysław Tarnacki (POL) Tarnacki Yacht Racing Karol Jabłoński (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team Nicolai Sehested (DEN) Trefor Match Racing Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team

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    London, UK (11th July 2014): Stena Match Cup Sweden, the second event in the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, provided a fairy tale finish for local Swedish fans with skipper Bjorn Hansen claiming his third successive title in Scandinavia’s premier match racing contest. Held in the fjord to the south of Marstrand island, 20km northwest of Gothenberg on Sweden’s west coast, Stena Match Cup Sweden celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. The event was originally set up by Swedish match racer Magnus Holmberg in conjunction with the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS). It was therefore appropriate to celebrate the occasion that two of the top names in the event’s history had agreed to return in the form of Holmberg and American three time ISAF Match Racing World Champion, Ed Baird. Holmberg, who hadn’t competed since hanging up his seaboots three years ago, had rounded up most of his original team including Stefan Rahm and the Björndal brothers, Mikael and Daniel, while Baird brought along a high calibre line-up from his Quantum Racing 52 crew. 14 teams took part in Qualifying with Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing and Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX teams leading after day one, both on 5-0. Qualifying was cut short on day two as a giant frontal cloud passed over Marstrand taking the wind with it. However in the racing that did take place, it was Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar crew that had pulled clear ahead with an 8-1 scoreline, the first to gain a Quarter Final berth. However this was despite some close matches including one against Francesco Bruni’s Luna Rossa team, which saw the boats cross the line neck and neck with Williams deemed to have won by less than a metre. One of the most respectable performances in Qualifying came from the Stena Match Cup Sweden’s youngest skipper Joachim Aschenbrenner. On the opening day the 20 year old Dane beat Ian Williams – ultimately the only skipper to do so during Qualifying - and on day two scored big wins against the likes of Mathieu Richard, Ed Baird and Keith Swinton. Williams continued to dominate Qualifying, but on the final two days, Francesco Bruni was on the ascent and the two teams ended up dominating this was part of the regatta. During Qualifying both lost just one match to finish on an impressive 12 points, four points clear of third placed Mathieu Richard’s Lunajets and Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX. The final flights in Qualifying Session four were held in conditions for which Marstrand is famous – 25 knots with gale force gusts, the boats being hammered around the race course, their crews pushed to the limit to remain in control of their yachts under spinnaker and during manoeuvres. The DS37 yachts used at the regatta are near impossible to broach, however there were gasps from the spectators who had braved the conditions as 26-year-old Swede Viktor Ogeman managed to lay his on its side. Meanwhile the mid-fleet had been fighting to make it into the final eight, with Bjorn Hansen and David Gilmour picking up the last spots, at the expense Dane Nicolai Sehested and Tour Card holder Phil Robertson. Also out were Ogeman, former Tour Card holder Johnie Berntsson, and sadly ‘the legends’ Ed Baird and Magnus Holmberg, with Baird toppling Holmberg in their match. Coming out on top in Qualifying Ian Williams chose to race Joachim Aschenbrenner, the only opponent to have defeated him in the regatta so far. The four time World Champion must have been wondering if he made the right choice when the young Dane claimed the first point off him. However Williams claimed the next three to go through. Star performer of the Quarter Finals was Francesco Bruni who won all his races against David Gilmour. After scraping through Qualifying, Bjorn Hansen dispatched Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX 3-1, while some of the hardest fought matches were between Mathieu Richard’s Lunajets and defending Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion Taylor Canfield. Despite Canfield colliding with Richard in one pre-start, this went to the full five races with Canfield’s USone team going through. Williams made a similarly brave call going into the Semi-Finals, choosing to race Francesco Bruni. The Italian team evened the scoreline to 1-1 but then lost the final two. Bruni felt this to have been the result of an umpire call going against him in the first while a broken winch cost him the second. “To lose the semis because of a break down is a pity,” admitted Bruni. Otherwise he said he felt confident about his crew’s ability: “The guys are on fire. They have been driving the boat fast. It has been running very smoothly on board. You don’t have to push in situations if you feel that you are fast.” Meanwhile Bjorn Hansen’s crew had changed a gear and in particular their ability to call the shifts correctly on the harbour, to dispatch Taylor Canfield 3-1. This left Williams’ GAC Pindar crew facing the local Swedish heroes in the Final. For the final days of the regatta the spectators and corporate guests, for which Stena Match Cup Sweden is renowned, had been gathering on the shore and on Marstrand’s cliff tops. Particularly evident was a group of supporters for Bjorn Hansen, on the shore opposite Marstrand, who had laid out giant banners of encouragement for the Swedish team. In the finals, Williams got the first point on the board, after a match which saw Hansen lead around the top mark, then Williams passing him on the second beat to lead from then on. In the second race, Williams unsuccessfully attempted to shovel Hansen over the line, allowing the Swede to get the upper hand on the first beat and to round the top mark ahead. The GAC Pindar crew attempted to roll Hansen during a gybe but fell into a light patch allowing the Swedish team to extend away and level the score. The third race saw the boats close up the first beat with Hansen leading around the top mark, but a dial-down on the second beat resulted in a penalty for Williams, ultimately handing the Swedes their second point. For what turned out to be the final race, Hansen’s tactician Gustav Tempelman made the call to take the left side of the first beat, gaining an advantage which Williams’ GAC Pindar team were unable to overcome. Game, set and match to Hansen. The outcome could not have been better for the local Swedish fans and for Hansen’s crew, this being the fourth time they have won Stena Match Cup Sweden and the third consecutive occasion. Hansen paid tribute to his crew of Phillip Kai Guhle, tactician Gustav Tempelman, Mathias Bredin and Sebastian Wedel: “It is a privilege to sail with these four guys. I am so proud of them.” He singled out their wily tactician: “Gustav did a fantastic job - he found wind puffs, which we didn’t think existed.” Hansen also thanked the huge turn-out of Swedish supporters. “As soon as we do something well we hear the crowd shouting and if we do something not very good, we hear ‘OH NO’ from the crowd. When we hooked Taylor [Canfield] this morning, you could hear from the crowd that we were overlapped. I didn’t need to have anyone on the bow calling the overlap!” After two events, Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar crew leads on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour on 47 points with Bjorn Hansen moving up to second on 39 ahead of Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX in third on 34. FULL REPLAY ON LIVESTREAM The Alpari World Match Racing Tour now moves on to Poland, with a new event for the 2014 schedule, Sopot Match Race, taking place over 31st July to the 3rd August.

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    Sopot, Poland (30th July 2014): One of the most exciting developments in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for 2014 is the addition of Sopot Match Race into its roster of events.  This year will be the 11th edition of Sopot Match Race, taking place on the Baltic in the Polish holiday resort close to Gdansk. As a nation Poland is one of the most prolific internationally when it comes to match racing with the annual Polish Match Tour comprising five or six events annually. As a result, according to event organiser and competitor Przemek Tarnacki, his country also has more sailors in the top 100 of the ISAF match race rankings than any other. It is therefore fitting that Poland’s top event for the first time this year should form part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.  “For us, for the community, for this part of Europe, it is fantastic,” says Tarnacki of his event’s new status. “Society here will be much more aware of it this year, because for us all the time we are educating, educating sponsors and media, etc about what the event is, what match racing is and what impact the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has on the international sailing scene and its connection with the America’s Cup. In France, Sweden or Germany that is much easier to communicate than it is in Poland.” Przemysław Tarnacki (POL) Tarnacki Yacht Racing won the event in 2013 © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Sopot Match Race is centred around the town’s giant 0.5km long pier, Europe’s longest wooden pier, which in the height summer is visited daily by 20,000 people. The start and finish of each race is held immediately off the pier. As Poland’s leading match racer, 2002 World Champion and former America’s Cup helmsman describes it: “Sopot is one of the best sailing stadiums in the world and all of the racing is run close to the pier, so the spectators have a really close view of the action that is going on on the water.” Molo Pier attracts 20,000 people daily in the height of summer holidays © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Jablonski used to sail 470s here when he was studying at the Sports Academy in Gdansk, has competed at Sopot Match Race regularly over the last four years, in addition to his extensive duties helming or acting as tactician on pro-race boats and superyachts around the world.“Sopot is a holiday town,” Jablonski continues. “It is very, very crowded in the summer as there are a lot of beaches, plenty of good hotels and restaurants. And it is a great place to do sport, go mountain biking, running, skating and there are a lot of concerts going on in the summer.” Sopot Match Race has a great line up of hospitality events during week © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT Historically in addition to Sopot Match Race, the venue has played host to the European Match Racing Championship in 2007 and back in the 1990s hosted prestigious events for the One Ton Class and the ILC 40s. Jablonski remembers: “Pro sailors like Francesco de Angelis and Torben Grael say they’ve never forgotten those events for its great sailing on the water, great parties, great food, great atmosphere and great looking girls!” At Sopot Match Race this year, 12 teams will be taking part. In addition to seven of the eight Alpari world Match Racing Tour card holders (Francesco Bruni is unable to compete due to his Luna Rossa commitments), this includes two from Poland, one led by Jablonski, the other by Tarnacki who until recently was world no8 in the ISAF match race rankings. Also sailing will be Sweden’s Johnie Berntsson, Denmark’s Nicolai Sehested, and Finnish match racer, Staffan Lindberg, the latter two gaining their places through the two qualifying events.  As to how Jablonski expects to do: “I will be probably very good in the ‘guest category’, if there is one, because I only match race two times a year or so, but it is still the sailing that I like the most: The direct fight with your opponent, you can play the rules and boat speed and I love to test my skills, to see if I have lost my touch, and push people in the pre-start! I like the challenge and even if I am exhausted and sometimes disappointed if it doesn’t always go my way, it is always great fun.”  The event is sailed in 34ft Danish-built Diamond 3000s, an IOR-type design from the late 1980s with long overhangs, a relatively small cockpit and running backstays. “They are a serious 3 tonne boat, so good for match racing with quite a tall rig of 14m. They are suitable for our venue because if you used TOM 28s or J/80s, they would be too small for sailing off the pier which is quite big,” says Tarnacki. Like other events on the Tour, the event is used as a corporate hospitality vehicle and this year its sponsors include Samsung, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, which is providing all the top class alcohol for the event’s official functions, Albert Riele Swiss watches and Ferrari, which will have 30 cars at the venue, as the event has been chosen as the finish for Ferrari’s rally around Poland.  Racing takes place over 4 days from Thursday 31st July until Sunday 3rd August and sunshine with a light to moderate sea breeze are to be expected. The format will see a full round of Qualifying, with the winner advancing to the Semi Finals, followed by a 6 team Quarter Final then Semi Final and Final. Stage 3 Sopot Match Race, Alpari World Match Racing Tour Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing David Gilmour (ASU) Team Gilmour Przemysław Tarnacki (POL) Tarnacki Yacht Racing Karol Jabłoński (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team Nicolai Sehested (DEN) Trefor Match Racing Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team

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    London, UK (11th July 2014): Stena Match Cup Sweden, the second event in the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, provided a fairy tale finish for local Swedish fans with skipper Bjorn Hansen claiming his third successive title in Scandinavia’s premier match racing contest. Held in the fjord to the south of Marstrand island, 20km northwest of Gothenberg on Sweden’s west coast, Stena Match Cup Sweden celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. The event was originally set up by Swedish match racer Magnus Holmberg in conjunction with the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS). It was therefore appropriate to celebrate the occasion that two of the top names in the event’s history had agreed to return in the form of Holmberg and American three time ISAF Match Racing World Champion, Ed Baird. Holmberg, who hadn’t competed since hanging up his seaboots three years ago, had rounded up most of his original team including Stefan Rahm and the Björndal brothers, Mikael and Daniel, while Baird brought along a high calibre line-up from his Quantum Racing 52 crew. 14 teams took part in Qualifying with Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing and Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX teams leading after day one, both on 5-0. Qualifying was cut short on day two as a giant frontal cloud passed over Marstrand taking the wind with it. However in the racing that did take place, it was Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar crew that had pulled clear ahead with an 8-1 scoreline, the first to gain a Quarter Final berth. However this was despite some close matches including one against Francesco Bruni’s Luna Rossa team, which saw the boats cross the line neck and neck with Williams deemed to have won by less than a metre. One of the most respectable performances in Qualifying came from the Stena Match Cup Sweden’s youngest skipper Joachim Aschenbrenner. On the opening day the 20 year old Dane beat Ian Williams – ultimately the only skipper to do so during Qualifying - and on day two scored big wins against the likes of Mathieu Richard, Ed Baird and Keith Swinton. Williams continued to dominate Qualifying, but on the final two days, Francesco Bruni was on the ascent and the two teams ended up dominating this was part of the regatta. During Qualifying both lost just one match to finish on an impressive 12 points, four points clear of third placed Mathieu Richard’s Lunajets and Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX. The final flights in Qualifying Session four were held in conditions for which Marstrand is famous – 25 knots with gale force gusts, the boats being hammered around the race course, their crews pushed to the limit to remain in control of their yachts under spinnaker and during manoeuvres. The DS37 yachts used at the regatta are near impossible to broach, however there were gasps from the spectators who had braved the conditions as 26-year-old Swede Viktor Ogeman managed to lay his on its side. Meanwhile the mid-fleet had been fighting to make it into the final eight, with Bjorn Hansen and David Gilmour picking up the last spots, at the expense Dane Nicolai Sehested and Tour Card holder Phil Robertson. Also out were Ogeman, former Tour Card holder Johnie Berntsson, and sadly ‘the legends’ Ed Baird and Magnus Holmberg, with Baird toppling Holmberg in their match. Coming out on top in Qualifying Ian Williams chose to race Joachim Aschenbrenner, the only opponent to have defeated him in the regatta so far. The four time World Champion must have been wondering if he made the right choice when the young Dane claimed the first point off him. However Williams claimed the next three to go through. Star performer of the Quarter Finals was Francesco Bruni who won all his races against David Gilmour. After scraping through Qualifying, Bjorn Hansen dispatched Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX 3-1, while some of the hardest fought matches were between Mathieu Richard’s Lunajets and defending Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion Taylor Canfield. Despite Canfield colliding with Richard in one pre-start, this went to the full five races with Canfield’s USone team going through. Williams made a similarly brave call going into the Semi-Finals, choosing to race Francesco Bruni. The Italian team evened the scoreline to 1-1 but then lost the final two. Bruni felt this to have been the result of an umpire call going against him in the first while a broken winch cost him the second. “To lose the semis because of a break down is a pity,” admitted Bruni. Otherwise he said he felt confident about his crew’s ability: “The guys are on fire. They have been driving the boat fast. It has been running very smoothly on board. You don’t have to push in situations if you feel that you are fast.” Meanwhile Bjorn Hansen’s crew had changed a gear and in particular their ability to call the shifts correctly on the harbour, to dispatch Taylor Canfield 3-1. This left Williams’ GAC Pindar crew facing the local Swedish heroes in the Final. For the final days of the regatta the spectators and corporate guests, for which Stena Match Cup Sweden is renowned, had been gathering on the shore and on Marstrand’s cliff tops. Particularly evident was a group of supporters for Bjorn Hansen, on the shore opposite Marstrand, who had laid out giant banners of encouragement for the Swedish team. In the finals, Williams got the first point on the board, after a match which saw Hansen lead around the top mark, then Williams passing him on the second beat to lead from then on. In the second race, Williams unsuccessfully attempted to shovel Hansen over the line, allowing the Swede to get the upper hand on the first beat and to round the top mark ahead. The GAC Pindar crew attempted to roll Hansen during a gybe but fell into a light patch allowing the Swedish team to extend away and level the score. The third race saw the boats close up the first beat with Hansen leading around the top mark, but a dial-down on the second beat resulted in a penalty for Williams, ultimately handing the Swedes their second point. For what turned out to be the final race, Hansen’s tactician Gustav Tempelman made the call to take the left side of the first beat, gaining an advantage which Williams’ GAC Pindar team were unable to overcome. Game, set and match to Hansen. The outcome could not have been better for the local Swedish fans and for Hansen’s crew, this being the fourth time they have won Stena Match Cup Sweden and the third consecutive occasion. Hansen paid tribute to his crew of Phillip Kai Guhle, tactician Gustav Tempelman, Mathias Bredin and Sebastian Wedel: “It is a privilege to sail with these four guys. I am so proud of them.” He singled out their wily tactician: “Gustav did a fantastic job - he found wind puffs, which we didn’t think existed.” Hansen also thanked the huge turn-out of Swedish supporters. “As soon as we do something well we hear the crowd shouting and if we do something not very good, we hear ‘OH NO’ from the crowd. When we hooked Taylor [Canfield] this morning, you could hear from the crowd that we were overlapped. I didn’t need to have anyone on the bow calling the overlap!” After two events, Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar crew leads on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour on 47 points with Bjorn Hansen moving up to second on 39 ahead of Keith Swinton’s Team Alpari FX in third on 34. FULL REPLAY ON LIVESTREAM The Alpari World Match Racing Tour now moves on to Poland, with a new event for the 2014 schedule, Sopot Match Race, taking place over 31st July to the 3rd August.

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    London, UK (27th June 2014): There is the two boat format and its unique set of rules, but what also differentiates match racing from any other genre of sailing is that crews must be able to jump from one type of boat to another between events while remaining competitive in the process. On the Alpari World Match Racing Tour this year for example, the teams sailed Match Race Germany aboard Bavaria 40 Match Race edition cruising yachts, and will move to the DS37 purpose-built match racing yachts next week for Stena Match Cup Sweden. Bavaria 40s is used for the Match Race Germany © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT For Sopot they will compete in the Diamont 3000, a ‘conventional’ race yacht, typical of the 1990s, with in-line spreaders, running backstays and a conventional symmetric spinnaker. The next two events are in smaller, more modern, more nimble sportsboats, - the TOM 28, with symmetrical spinnaker, in Chicago and MaxFun25, with asymmetrical spinnaker at Dutch Match Cup. There is then a leap back in time, at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, where a yacht designed in 1936 is used - the International One Design. The season concludes with the Foundation 36 racers used at the Monsoon Cup. Diamont 3000 is used for the Sopot Match Race © Photo by ShutterSail.com / AWMRT Just in this small group are boats with asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers (the latter using spinnaker poles, the former not), there are lightweight and heavyweight boats, boats with wheel steering and tiller steering, boats with running backstays and a fixed backstay and an age range from the contemporary back to an 80 year old classic. Obviously some teams prefer some types of boats over others, but success on the Tour requires crews to master them all, and to do so as quickly as possible, for teams there is two hours of official practice the day before racing begins though some teams try to fit in an extra day of training before that. International One Design is used for the Argo Group Gold Cup © Photo by OnEdition / AWMRT “One of the big challenges in the match racing circuit is getting used to the different types of boat that you sail around the world,” admits GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams. He adds that some crews inevitably are more familiar with some of the boats than others, particularly if they are ‘local’ to them. “In the DS37s, we have maybe 15 weeks of experience now, but that is nothing like the experience of Bjorn [Hansen] or Johnnie [Berntsson], but it is an advantage over some of the newer guys, like David Gilmour.” Now one of the old hands on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams remembers that when he first started out he seemed to do better at new events sailed in boats unfamiliar to the old hands, simply because no one held a ‘time in the boat’ advantage. Tom 28 is used for the Chicago Match Cup © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT Aside from the different physical constraints, such as the type of helm and the spinnaker configuration, requiring the crew to adapt their roles on board, all of the boats also behave differently, particularly when it comes to acceleration and their turning ability – both vital features of match racing competition. Some lighter boats can be thrown around aggressively, whereas some other designs will simply come to a standstill if you treat them disrespectfully. Foundation 36 is used for the Monsoon Cup © Photo by Brian Carlin / AWMRT “There are a few moves, particularly in the low speed stuff, like in the dial-up that ends up specific to the boat, that you can manipulate,” continues Williams. “All boats accelerate slightly differently, so tacking styles are different between them. Some you have to press on with a firm trimmed genoa and some you have to ease the sails a bit more and come down a bit more to get it going. Learning about those idiosyncrasies across the difference conditions is important.” For the most part, skippers on the circuit like the challenge of sailing the different boats and that sailing them well is a vital skill for the successful match racer. As Bjorn Hansen observes: “You cannot win the World Championship by just being extremely good at sailing the DS37 or the IOD. You have to quickly adapt to new boats and sail all types of boats well. But that’s actually also a fun thing…” Mathieu Richard agrees that ‘adapting’ is the relevant word: “That’s one of the things I really like in match racing - having to adapt to all the different boats. I like the fact that we change boats and some teams feel better on the small boats and others feel better on big boats. My team, I think, we are quite good on every boat, which is one of our good points.” Keith Swinton also enjoys the variety. “It is one of the things that makes match racing fun, to sail different boats at different venues. It adds to the skill level of all the sailors. It keeps the playing field a bit more open as well. Some of the boats are better suited to the older guys and some of the younger guys might be better in the other boats, so it keeps a good balance.” Sailing the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in just one type of boat? That would make it just like any other circuit.

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    As the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour is about to get underway, the world's top match racing skippers lead an impressive line up of competitors for the 2014 World Championship title. Leading the pack is US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield and his USOne team returning to defend their 2013 Championship title. Also keen to secure a record breaking fifth World Championship title is Ian Williams from Great Britain and his GAC Pindar team.  Get to know all about the 2014 Tour skippers in our latest Infographic showing their performances and Wins v Losses from last season. Who will lead the way in 2014 and lift the Alpari World Match Racing Tour trophy and become ISAF Match Racing World Champion?  You decide…. blog.livedoor.jp http://detective-nagoyashi.us http://europosud.ua

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    London, UK - 14 May 2012: Several rule changes have been confirmed for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, coming into effect at the first event of the season, Match Race Germany in Langenargen on May 23 – 28. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water. Craig Mitchell, Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Tour Director, expects the alterations to have a positive effect on the Tour, as well as match racing in general: “Match racing has evolved to the point where we currently have a great set of rules, producing some fantastic sporting action, as we saw quite clearly in the 2011 series. “Nothing major has changed in the past few years and we are enthusiastic in our responsibility to keep developing the rules to challenge our world class athletes and create the best possible spectacle we can.”

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    Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia – 27 November, 2011: Borrowing from the motor sports world, where the driver is in constant contact with his crew via radio comms, real-time coaching has made its debut today in the Quarter-Finals of the Monsoon Cup. Rule 41 of the Racing Rules of Sailing which normally prohibits ‘outside assistance’ has been amended here, so that coaches have been allowed to give advice and insight to their team via radio. Positioned on the third-floor balcony of the Ri-Yaz Heritage pavilion adjacent to the race course area, the coaches have an elevated view of the current and the wind, and can provide, when prompted, their insight on which side of the course to favour in each match.  Having been out on the water themselves and felt the pressure of having to read the course while under fire, the natural choices of coaches were from among skippers and crew who did not make the cut to the Quarter-Final round. When these choices were revealed on the evening prior to racing, it provided great entertainment, as erstwhile enemies now became allies in the fight that lie ahead: having just won his last deciding match by mere centimetres, Francesco Bruni naturally chose his hapless opponent, Torvar Mirsky, to be his coach, and Matthieu Richard was tapped by rival skipper Peter Gilmour YANMAR Racing to help lead him through his next round.  Kidding aside, this shows the depth of respect and trust the teams have in each other’s abilities, even as they have been battling each other throughout the season.  “The concept of prohibiting outside assistance goes back to racing on the Thames in the 19th century,” says Gilmour, who proposed to try this at the Monsoon Cup. “Back then when the tide changed, a boat could hand off their anchor line to someone ashore, who could then tow them up the course. So the principal of being self-reliant became rooted in the game, and not until recently has this changed.”  And the change has been considerable: few yachts venture anywhere now without a GPS, most offshore races now allow weather routing help through downloads of grib files, and the advent of sophisticated electronic tools and modern telecommunications has brought offshore sailors to all new levels of accuracy and access. Most aspects of our lives can now be influenced and enhanced by having access to information made readily available – look at the explosion in apps for iPhones, iPads, and the like.  So it’s not a long stretch to accept real-time coaching help to increase the performance level of the teams, and help allow the game evolve in some new and interesting ways, especially if adopted at other match racing events. Coach positioning, for example, can play a huge role, and not every venue will have the bird’s eye view afforded here in Kuala Terengganu. Will coaches then be allowed.  out on other areas of the course, on the water or even in the air? And what about at the lower levels of the game where teams are still learning: would it be right for the coach to tell them how to execute a difficult manoeuvre and provide detailed tactical advice, rather then just observations of the race course? If so, who will police this?  And once coaches are accepted onto the competitor’s boats, what’s to keep them off the umpire boats as well? Most umpires agree that the integrity of most calls are made based on good positioning, and even the best umpires can find themselves out of position when a good call is needed. Can a coach possibly help them as well? An electronic variant of this concept devised by Stan Honey and his team is already in play at the America’s Cup World Series, where umpire calls are made based on highly-accurate telemetry brought to match umpires pouring over their screens. Honey says the debriefs are no longer arguments about the facts of positioning – the telemetry settles this to within centimetres – but about the tactical options and rules that apply.  But here at the Monsoon Cup the input provided by coaches was more factual than directive: where the wind shift was seen to be, what side of the course seemed to have better current, etc., and not direct advice on what side of the start line or upwind leg to favour.  One team that enjoyed the most success from the coaching was newly-crowned World Champion Ian Williams Team GAC Pindar, who had already signed up 49er Olympic Silver Medallist Ian Barker to help them read the course area. And while not a match racer per se, Barker does, however, have tremendous coaching experience for Olympic aspirants, and was already on his way to coach at the ISAF Sailing World Championships the following week in Perth. With Barker’s help, Williams won the overall World Championship title in the Quarter Final, sailing a course area strewn with tricky current eddies and wind shifts.  Perhaps ironically, the teams with skippers as coaches did not fair so well: Mirsky’s Bruni went down 1-3 to Williams, and Richard’s Gilmour lost 1-3 to Johnnie Berntsson.  But not having a coach had its perils as well: both Will Tiller and Phil Robertson eschewed their option to take on a coach, and both lost to their rivals by close scores of 2-3.  How much will coaching be used in future Tour events? Probably more, as the Tour seeks to embrace new ways to enhance the excitement level even more, both on and off the water. - Article provided by Dobbs Davishttp://sites.google.com http://www.man-ms.com.ua www.europosud.ua

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    Langenargen, Germany (9th June 2014): Downunder, where chief umpire Bill Edgerton comes from, there’s a children’s character called Blinky Bill, a laid-back cuddly cartoon Koala. But if the sailors on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour think they can pull the blinkers over their on-the-water officials, they’ve got another thing coming. Edgerton (known to some as Complicated Bill) and his colleagues are wise to their mischievous tricks. Most of the boats used on the Alpari World Match Race Tour are tiller-steered, but at Match Race Germany, the Bavaria 40 keelboat is equipped with a wheel. This offers the cheekier skippers a new opportunity to pull the wool over the eyes of the umpires. Just as professional footballers are prone to tripping over a blade of grass on the edge of the penalty box, sailors are not immune to similar forms of dyspraxia. Tight situations sometimes tempt sailors into the dark art of dissimulation. But Complicated Bill is on to them: “They're playing to the umpires! They're trying to gain an advantage, and it's a game between us and them. “They're always trying to show that they're doing what they need to stay out of trouble, and we're always looking to see that they're doing enough. So, they can exaggerate the drama of the situation and make it look as though it's more dramatic than it is in reality. But it's not as bad as a dive in football. “When you need to keep clear, you have to turn the boat, and if you're not close enough or not watching closely, they can slide their hands over the top of the wheel without actually turning it, saying, ‘Look, I'm going as hard as I can!’” Little beknown to the offending skipper, Edgerton is looking further down - below the waterline - for evidence of whether or not they’re really trying. “Actually if you're looking at the rudder you see there's no turning of the rudder whatsoever. It's up to us to try and satisfy ourselves if they are really doing everything they can, or if they're just playing a game.”news88.net http://www.europosud.ua http://motioncrisp.wordpress.com

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    Langenargen, Germany (8th June 2014): Being a professional sailor isn’t just about being able to sail a boat fast, it’s about conducting yourself in a professional manner in every respect. It’s what you do off the water that counts too, such as negotiating with commercial partners who can help fund the costs of competing on a global circuit. French skipper Mathieu Richard has shown a useful knack of being able to sign a sponsor who can help his team perform on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Last year, despite lacking a Tour Card, Richard succeeded in finding a sponsor in GEFCO who helped him compete on a number of events as a Wild Card holder. Victory at the Korea Match Cup and some other great performances were sufficient to get him back into this year’s circuit as one of the eight Tour Card holders. “It's a great feeling to be back as a Tour Card holder, because the last time was in 2011. We managed to get a new sponsorship with LunaJets, so they are following us for this season. I'm very excited and very glad to be on the Tour with my team, which is the same team pretty much as last year.” LunaJets, a private jet brokerage based in Geneva, already supported Richard on the RC44 circuit. “When I asked them if they wanted to go on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, they immediately said yes, so they are very excited to be on the circuit with us. We hope we can repay their faith in us. They are very sensitive to the fact that it's a World Championship and we are a very high level team and we are fighting for the victory, for the title. They like this very much.” Richard has a very diverse background in racing, with world championship wins as a tactician in keelboats like the Mumm 30 and fast multihulls the ORMA 60 offshore trimarans. He has won the offshore challenge, the Tour de France a la Voile, four times, but in the past decade he has increasingly focused on match racing. Victory at the European Match Racing Championship in 2004 showed what he could do, and since then he has finished runner-up in the Tour in 2007. He has been a world force in match racing ever since. Richard attributes his success to having raced with a core of friends for a very long time. “I started match racing with Greg, my tactician, more than 15 years ago, so it's really been a while. Then Thierry and Olivier have been with me for eight or nine years. Francois Verdier, the bowman, started with me two years ago and Pascal Rambeau, the same.” While he’s competing in a combative part of the sport, Richard maintains a placid demeanour. “I am not sure I am very aggressive, definitely some are more so, like Bjorn Hansen; even the young guys, Robertson, Swinton, they like to be aggressive. It is not in my nature to be so aggressive. I try to stay smooth on the course to keep the boat fast and we also have good skills in terms of tactics on board with Greg as tactician. It's difficult to say just one good point about the team, we have a lot of skills and I think we are pretty strong in all parts of the game.” Aged 38, he is one of the older skippers on the Tour, but with many good years remaining, and with as much enthusiasm for the sport as ever, he says. “Obviously you haven't got the same spirit when you are 20 as when you are 38. When you are 20 you are starting out, and you are probably a bit fresher and looking at racing with, I wouldn't say more enthusiasm, but you discover everything for the first time. When you get a bit more experienced you know how it works, it's a bit different. You can bet on your experience to beat the others - and that's what we are trying to do.” But is there a danger of relying on experience too much, of not trying new ideas any more? “Not really, because sailing is a game in which you always try to improve every day. Even if I started match racing 15 years ago, I am always trying to improve and thinking about the moves, the start, the trimming etc. You are never satisfied with your level. It's about trying to improve all the time. Experience is a good asset, but you have to always be looking for new tricks.”http://online.casinocity.com evakuator-servis.com http://europosud.ua

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    London, UK (20th June 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center today selected the Batavia Regatta, which will run over 23 - 24 August 2014 at the Bataviahaven of Lelystad, Holland, as the official Qualifying event for the Dutch Match Cup 2014. The Batavia Sailing Center is the organiser of the Dutch Match Cup the recently announced Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. For teams wishing to race in the Dutch Match Cup two Qualification places are available. Both the winner and the runner up of the Batavia Regatta will receive an invite to the Dutch Match Cup which will be held between 24-28 September this year. The Dutch Match Cup and the Batavia Regatta will be sailed in MaxFun 25 boats with the race area directly in front of the port of Bataviahaven, very close to the shore, offering fantastic opportunities for spectators to enjoy the action. The organization of the Dutch Match Cup has two further Wild Card invites which will be decided upon later in the year. Batavia Regatta The Batavia Regatta will be an ISAF Grade 3 match racing event. Further information about invites to the Batavia Regatta and the NoRcan be found at www.dutchmatchcup.nl/qualifier/jobtalk.jp http://www.budmag.ua http://www.progressive.ua

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    London, UK (17th June): It was a great weekend at the Chicago Match Cup Qualifier, a ISAF Grade 2 event that feeds into the only American stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Chicago Match Cup. With blustery conditions over the Chicago's Belmont Harbor, Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and his team of Walker Banks on Main, Hamish Hardy on Jib and Tim Siemers on Bow took the advantage to win from behind against Australia's David Chapman 2-1 to win the ISAF Grade 2 Chicago Match Cup Qualifier. "This was a tough series, and I credit my team for pulling us through some critical matches yesterday and then again today to take this win," said Steele. "The racing here was great, and I'm really looking forward to coming back to compete at the Tour event in September." The Finals started well for Chapman, who scoring first blood and put Steele under pressure to win the second match and stay alive for the series. Steele and team did exactly this, setting the stage for a dramatic final showdown. In this last match, Chapman took what looked to be a commanding lead, which on the first downwind leg looked safe at 10 lengths. But then Steele surfed a wave into the bottom gate, acquired right of way, and when Chapman did not yield and came out in front, the match umpires gave him a red flag penalty, requiring an immediate penalty turn. This allowed Steele to take the lead and sail to victory. Racing in 15-20 knots and lumpy seas, Steele's road to victory started with being down 2-0 to CMRC's Don Wilson in the Semi-Final, and then coming back to win the next three to go to the Final to meet Australia's David Chapman, who won 3-0 over Steve Lowery. The race conditions then became trickier with winds picking up to 30 knots and seas building even higher, hence the race managers of Chicago Match Race Centre decided to put up the Z flag to indicate that spinnaker use would not be allowed. In the one-match sudden death Petit Final, favorite Don Wilson defeated Steve Lowery to take third place overall in the event. Petit Final action between Don Wilson and Steve Lowery Steele's only other appearance was at last August's Grade 2 Grand Slam event, where he finished second in a field of 12 teams from six nations. Finishing on top at this event, Steele will have to prove and demonstrate his skills that he can be one of the best to compete at an Alpari World Tour event. The 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour championship will visit the US in September at the Chicago Match Cup, the only American stop after Stage 4, the Sopot Match Race, in Poland, . The Alpari World Match Racing Tour is one of five special events sanctioned under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) including America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Extreme Sailing Series and the PWA World Tour. Chicago Match Cup Qualifier Final results:1. Chris Steele (NZL)2. David Chapman (AUS)3. Don Wilson (USA)4. Steve Lowery (USA)5. Stefan Lindberg (FIN)6. Scott Dickson (NZL)7. David Storrs (USA)8. Chris Poole (USA)9. Tyler Rice (ISV)10. David Niemann (USA)http://www.kuchikomi.miraifx.com chimtorg.com.ua nikolasgeekfinder.wordpress.com

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