Match Racing World Championship

Match Racing World Championship 2018

Host venue

Shenzhen, China

Once again China will pay host to the final spectacle of the 2018 World Match Racing Tour season as WMRT China partners with the China Cup International Regatta to deliver the Match Racing Word Championship.

After the success of the 2017 World Championship there is a great appetite among teams and spectators to head east again this year. Partnering with the 12th Annual China Cup allows WMRT to be seen at the peak of Asian sailing and to aid the expansion and development of Asia’s largest sailing regatta.

Getting to China

Invitation will be given to the top 12 teams on the WMRT Leaderboard following the penultimate Championship level event on this year’s Tour. Points are accumulated from both Championship level and Tour level qualifier events with one discard given for a team’s weakest score.

Past winners

2000 – Bertrand Pacé (FRA)
2000/2001 – Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Team Stora Enso
2001/2002 – Peter Holmberg (ISV) Oracle BMW Racing
2002/2003 – Jesper Radich (DEN)
2003/2004 – Peter Gilmour (AUS) Pizza-La Sailing Team
2004/2005 – Peter Gilmour (AUS) Pizza-La Sailing Team
2005/2006 – Peter Gilmour (AUS) PST
2006/2007 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar
2008 – Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar
2009 – Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch
2010 – Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN
2011 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
2012 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
2013 – Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One
2014/2015 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
2015/2016 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
2016 – Phil Robertson (NZL) Phil Robertson Racing
2017 – Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team



Teams will be split to 2 groups of 6 boats for the fleet race Qualifying Stage. At the end of the Qualifying Stage, the top 3 teams will proceed directly to the Quarter Final Stage, with the bottom 3 from each group battling in the Sail-Off.


Teams from each group race in knockout competition to fill the remaining 2 Quarter Final Stage positions.


From this point, teams race in knockout style competition, progressing from Quarter Final, to Semi Final, and to either Final or Petit Final stages, as they battle to become the event champion.

Course Layout

The China Cup International Regatta

Being the first international big boat regatta in Chinese history, and the only regatta named after China, China Cup has evolved as the most professional regatta in China, and the most influential in Asia-Pacific Area after 11 years of development.

China Cup has been listed on the World Sailing calendar since 2010, awarded Asian Regatta of the Year five times and earned the special award of promoting sailing sports by World Sailing in 2015.

A Beach Start

The beach just in front of the Marina Bay Resort provides the perfect boat park for WMRT’s fleet of M32 catamarans. As well as giving the sailors and tech team easy access to the boats it also allows the public to get unrivalled access to these high-performance machines. Be sure to stop by the beach and get your photo with an M32 and maybe a sailor-selfie.