Port America’s Cup, Valencia
The World Match Racing Tour starts 2018 with the Valencia Match Cup – the Tour’s debut in the Spanish city as part of an east-coast double header. Teams have already been enjoying sailing M32 catamarans as part of M32 Word’s Valencia Winter Series, and the venue has delivered on stunning conditions ideally suited to M32 sailing – a mixture of moderate winds and shifty conditions it will be a playground for WMRT skippers new and old.
Racing takes place off the Malvarrosa Beach just outside the Port America’s Cup with the iconic Veles e Vents building. As the name suggests, competitors will enjoy match racing on the same waters as the great matches of the 32nd and 33rd America’s Cup.
Some familiar young Tour faces will be joined by multihull experts at this event which will certainly stir up close competition on the race course. Keep watching to see who will finish in those top two qualifying positions to secure an invite to the first Championship level event of the 2018 World Match Racing Tour season.
FORMAT OF RACING
All teams will race each other in the Qualifying stage as a double Round Robin is raced. At the end of this teams will be ranked by wins and the top four will progress to the knockout stages.
KNOCK OUT STAGES
The Semi Final stage will be run with a scheduled first-to-three point series to decide the two teams receiving all important qualification to a Championship level event. Then the gloves will come off in the Final as the remaining two teams battle for the maximum points on the 2018 WMRT Leaderboard and start their campaign to the 2018 Match Racing World Championship.
Arnaud PSAROFAGHIS (alinghi)
Vladimir Lipavsky (Chilli Racing)
Nicklas Dackhammar (ESSIQ Racing)
Markus Edegran (E11even Racing)
Måns Holmberg (Gothenburg Racing)
Kim Kling (Caprice Match Racing Team)
Johnie Berntsson (FLUX Team)