Picturesque, idyllic, charming; it is possible to use all the guide books clichés when describing Risør – and get away with it. This coastal town is a heritage preserved wooden town that offers cultural festivals, a large archipelago and a long history of wooden boat building. However for one week late this July Risør will be rocked by M32 World as the World Match Racing Tour arrives in town with its World-class match racers and high-performance M32 catamarans – quite different from the sailing activities which usually occupy the harbour.
Although the first time that the World Match Racing Tour will visit this Norwegian coastal town, the location was tested as a high-performance race track last summer when the M32 Series Scandinavia stopped here for three days. Sailors compared the narrow, channeled race area to WMRT favourite, Sweden’s Marstrand. Judging by the pictures, you can see why.
The people of Risør have a passion for sailing and are eager for more M32 racing and will surely line the dock to watch WMRT skippers do battle.
FORMAT OF RACING
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.
What The Sailors Say
Risor is a gorgeous town on Norway’s East coast that GAC Pindar enjoyed visiting on the 2017 Scandinavian Series. It is a protected flat water sailing venue that will provide for a tight race course with complex wind and tidal eddies so will be a very tactical venue to sail in.- Ian Williams6-TIME WMRT CHAMPION
Risør is a very special place to sail. Cozy old town with wooden houses and the rocky hills surrounding the town makes it a beautiful scenery but also some tricky sailing conditions with gusty and shifty winds. You really need to keep your eyes open not to be surprised.- Jonas WarrerOlympic Gold Medalist, Beijing 2008
Tour Card Skippers
Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team)
Phil Robertson (China One Ningbo)
Ian Williams (GAC Pindar)
Yann Guichard (Spindrift Racing)
Harry Price (Down Under Racing)
Pieter-Jan Postma (Sailing Team NL)
Jonas Warrer (Warrer Racing)
Nicklas Dackhammar (Essiq Racing Team)
Daniel Bjørnholt (Youth Vikings Denmark)
Wild Card Invites
Petter Mørland Pedersen (Norsteam)
Johnie Berntsson (Berntsson Sailing Team)
Måns Holmberg (Gothenburg Racing Team)