Match Racing World Championship

Match Racing World Championship 2018-2019

Host venue

Marstrand, Sweden

Following an extended 2018 World Match Racing Tour season, the 2018-2019 WMRT Finals and Match Racing World Championship will take place from 3-7 July 2019 in the iconic venue of Marstrand, Sweden.

Hosted by the GKSS Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand is one of the world’s top match racing venues. Located off the west coast of Sweden, Marstrand is approximately 45minutes by car from Gothenburg Landvetter airport. Once there, visitors take a short chain ferry to the island where no public cars are allowed.

Qualifying to Marstrand

Invitation to the World Championship Finals is given to the top 12 teams on the WMRT Leaderboard following the penultimate Championship level event on the current Tour season.. Points are accumulated from both Championship level and Tour level qualifier events.

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

GKSS Match Cup Sweden

For the past 25 years, GKSS Match Cup Sweden has been widely regarded as one of the top match racing events in the world.  Staged on the waters of the iconic island of Marstrand, over 50 000 spectators arrive each year to line the rocks on the south shore of the island and enjoy the close action racing with the best match racing teams in the world. 

Key Partners

Official Partners

Media Partners

CRM Partner

An Iconic Event