Marstrand 2016

Host venue

Marstrand, Sweden

The island of Marstrand is approximately 50km north-west of Gothenburg and has always been one of the favourite venues on the World Match Racing Tour attracting an estimated 130,000 spectators annually. After hosting the finals of the Swedish Match Tour for half a decade, the largest sporting event in Sweden is now welcoming the new legacy of the World Match Racing Tour by hosting the finals of the World Championship. Top 20 teams from the season leader board will battle all out in this final leg with an eye for the biggest prize money in sailing history of USD1m and the championship trophy. The event attracts over 50 corporate partners every year and plays host to over 15,000 hospitality guests during the event in a custom built marquee directly in front of the racecourse providing an exceptional experience for guests. Marstrand is a wonderful summer’s paradise with a wide range of things to see and do. The island has many beaches and nature walks and a large mix of history and culture dating back to the 13th century. Travel to the archipelago is easy and can be done by boat or car.

The 1 Million Dollar Match Race

Competitive yacht racing’s biggest ever first prize bonus is set to go to the winner of the 2016 World Match Racing Tour final in Marstrand, Sweden when the event concludes on 9th July. The paradise island on the west coast of Sweden annually plays host to one of the grandest and most competitive events on the World Match Racing Tour. Here the sailing-mad locals get to cheer on their sailing stars such as three-time winner Björn Hansen and the local FLUX Team of Johnie Berntsson. However, this year it is sure to be the biggest and most competitive event yet in Marstrand, as 20 teams fight it out for the ‘winner-takes-all’ Tour bonus of a cool US$ 1 million. This in addition to the US$ 200,000 event prize money split between all teams with US$ 33,000 awarded to the winner.

 

US$ 1 million, is roughly Euro 885,000, AUS$ 1.35m or NZL$ 1.4m – more than enough to buy more than three of the high performance M32 catamarans that will contest the World Match Racing Tour Marstrand for the first time, taking over from the perennial D37 monohulls used at the event for the last 20 years.

 

Once upon a time when the World Match Racing Tour was backed by title sponsor Swedish Match, the Marstrand event was the stand-out event, the grand finale of the season. Now that the World Match Racing Tour is under Swedish ownership, the Marstrand event is set to return to its former glory. Never has the World Tour seen such a significant amount for one event and nor has the Tour bonus ever been awarded exclusively to the winner.

 

The big question is how will such a significant fiscal incentive affect the racing, that already in the season’s penultimate event in Newport, Rhode Island was getting aggressive.

A giant winner-takes-all bonus is certain to increase this. As World Match Racing Tour owner, Håkan Svensson, observed in Newport: “You can see there are a lot nerves already and Marstrand is going to increase that pressure a lot on the teams.So the team that holds up best to that pressure will win. There are a lot of teams that are practicing every day to get better when it comes to the sailing. Taylor [Canfield] is in a good spot but he needs to keep his nerve.”

 

Canfield and his US One team go into the World final as stand-out favourite. The US Virgin Islands skipper has won the last three World Match Racing Tour events, the last two in Copenhagen and Newport sailed aboard the high performance M32 catamarans. While it is not relevant to who will claim the big prize, Canfield’s position in the overall World Tour rankings give a good indication of the form going into marstrand: On 122 points, he’s proved his dominance this year, leading second placed Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team on 89 points, and Dane Nicolai Sehested’s TREFOR Match Racing Team heading up the Scandinavian skippers with 85 points.

 

“It is a big prize purse and a big bonus – it’ll be an awesome event, it is a great venue and there is big money up for grabs, big stakes,” says Canfield. “It is going to take some luck in that venue, especially if we get some changeable direction off the shoreline. There’s sometimes nothing you can do in the catamarans to get yourself back in the race. It is a combination of skill and luck and if we prepare as best we can, I think we have a good chance.”

 

As to how large the butterflies will be if he ends up in the final and its goes to match point. “It will be all on, teams will be pushing really hard. There’s a lot on the line and I don’t think anyone is going to give it up easily.”

The winner gets USD33,000

Championship Bonus

The schedule

July 4th - Monday

10.00 – 18.00 – Round Robin
10.00 – 18.00 – Race Village Open
10.00 – 12.00 – Try Sailing
14.00 – 16.00 – Try Sailing
19.00 – 19.30 – Official Opening Ceremony

July 5th - Tuesday

10.00 – 18.00 – Round Robin
10.00 – 18.00 – Race Village Open
10.00 – 12.00 – Try Sailing
14.00 – 16.00 – Try Sailing
16.30 – 18.30 – After Sail

July 6th - Wednesday

10.00 – 18.00 – Round of 16
10.00 – 18.00 – Race Village Open
10.00 – 12.00 – Try Sailing
14.00 – 16.00 – Try Sailing
16.30 – 18.30 – After Sail

July 7th - Thursday

09.30 – 10.30 – PRO-AM Race
10.00 – 18.00 – Race Village Open
10.00 – 12.00 – Try Sailing
11.00 – 18.00 – Quarter Finals
14.00 – 16.00 – Try Sailing
16.30 – 18.30 – After Sail

July 8th - Friday

10.00 – 13.00 – Quarter Finals
10.00 – 18.00 – Race Village Open
10.00 – 12.00 – Try Sailing
14.00 – 16.00 – Try Sailing
15.00 – 18.00 – Semi Finals
16.30 – 18.30 – After Sail

July 9th - Saturday

10.00 – 18.00 – Race Village Open
10.00 – 12.00 – Try Sailing
11.00 – 14.00 – Semi Finals
14.00 – 17.00 – Finals & Petit Finals
14.00 – 16.00 – Try Sailing
16.30 – 18.30 – After Sail
17.00 – 17.30 – Prize Giving Ceremony

Tour Card Skippers

Ian Williams (GAC Pindar)
Garth Ellingham
Brad Farrand
Mark Bulkkeley

Taylor Canfield (US One)
Ricky McGarvie
Hayden Godrick
Chris Main

Keith Swinton (Team Accure)
Björn Lundgren
Herman Andersson
Jonas von Geijer

Phil Robertson (Phil Robertson Racing)
Stewart Dodson
Will Tiller
James

Eric Monnin (Albert Riele Swiss Match Race Team)
Marc Monnin
Breind Thiery
Coraline Jonet
Simon Bruggel

Nicolai Sehested (TREFOR Match Racing Team)
Luke Payne
Pete Cuming
Rasmus Kostner

 

Yann Guichard (Spindrift Racing)
Francais Morvan
Christophe Espagnon
Paul Dagault

Mattias Rahm (Rahm Racing)
Jakob Wilson
Holger Tideman
Ed Smyth

Sally Barkow (Team Magenta 32)
Maggie Shea
Annie Cush
Eludie Mettraux
Kate Maegregor

Björn Hansen (Nautiska Racing)
Philip Kai Guhle
Robert Nyberg
Nils Bjerkås

 

Qualifiers

Evan Walker (KA Match / CYCA)
Rhys Mara
Hamish Hary
Sean O’Rourke

Matt Jerwood (Redline Racing)
Alex Landwehr
Patrick Vos
Niall Morrow

Nicklas Dackhammar (Essiq Racing Team)
Niclas Düring
Johan Bäckström
Arvid Bildh

Hans Wallén (Wallén Racing)
Jonatan Meln
Anders Dahlsjö
Julius Hallström

Johnie Berntsson (Flux Team)
Erik Malmberg
Jakob Gustavsson
Robert Skarp

Iker Martinez (Team Espana)
David Gilmour
Pierluigi de Felice
Pablo Arrarte

Chris Steele (36 Below Racing)
Fredrik Aurell
Dan Morris
Ben Lamb

Sam Gilmour (Neptune Racing)
Adam Negel
Mark Spearman
Justin Wong

Murray Jones (Full Bants Racing)
Ben Robinson
Axel Munkby
Henry Kernot

Steven Thomas (RPM Racing)
Torvar Mirsky
James Hemingway
Domian Harbarski