History of Match Racing

2017 – Torvar Mirsky (AUS) crowned Match Racing World Champion in Shenzhen, China, the first ever World Match Racing Tour event in China

2016 – Multihulls introduced to World Match Racing Tour, Phil Robertson (NZL) wins USD$1m WMRT Championship prize

2015 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar becomes six-time Match Racing World Champion

2014 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar Match Racing World Champion

2013 – Taylor Canfield (ISV) crowned Match Racing World Champion in his debut year on WMRT

2012 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar Match Racing World Champion

2012 – Alpari UK becomes title sponsor of the World Match Racing Tour

2011 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar Match Racing World Champion

2011 – Garrard & Co. creates the stunning new World Match Racing Tour trophy

2010 – Ben Ainslie (GBR) Match Racing World Champion

2009 – Adam Minoprio (NZL) Match Racing World Champion

2008 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar Match Racing World Champion

2007 – Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar Match Racing World Champion

2006 – Peter Gilmour (AUS) Match Racing World Champion

2006 – The Tour is renamed the World Match Racing Tour and awarded ‘Special Event Status’ by ISAF (International Sailing Federation). From now on, the winner of the World Match Racing Tour will be crowned official Match Racing World Champion.

2005 – First Asian participation on the match racing circuit – The Monsoon Cup marks 50th event of the Swedish Match Tour

2005 – James Spithill (AUS) ISAF Match Racing World Champion

2004 – Ed Baird (USA) ISAF Match Racing World Champion

2003 – Ed Baird (USA) ISAF Match Racing World Champion

2002 – Karol Jablonski (POL) ISAF Match Racing World Champion

2000 – Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour launches new global match racing series

1999 – Jesper Bank (DEN) ISAF Match Racing World Champion

1998 – Peter Gilmour (AUS) ISAF Match Racing World Champion

1997 – Russell Coutts (NZL) wins the highest prize money in sailing of USD250,000 and the Fabergé Egg winning three of the five regattas of the Brut Fabergé series in Bermuda, San Francisco, New York, Lymington and Séte

1996 – International Yacht Racing Union is renamed as the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)

1996 – Chris Dickson Match Racing World Champion

1995 – Ed Baird (USA) Match Racing World Champion

1994 – Bertrand Pace (FRA) Match Racing World Champion

1993 – Russell Coutts (NZL) Match Racing World Champion

1992 – Russell Coutts (NZL) Match Racing World Champion

1991 – Chris Dickson (NZL) Match Racing World Champion

1990 – Peter Gilmour (AUS) Match Racing World Champion

1989 – Chris Dickson (NZL) Match Racing World Champion

1988 – Chris Dickson (NZL) wins first World Championship of Match Racing in Fremantle, Australia

1988 – The idea of on-water umpiring introduced at the Congressional Cup, Long Beach California

1985 – The World Match Racing Conference is formed to supervise match racing events

1975 – The Royal Lymington Cup founded in Lymington, UK by Californian sailor and Lymington yacht builder Bill Green

1966 – The Congressional Cup is founded in Long Beach, California

1951 – The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club places the King Edward VII Gold Cup back into competition post-war in the International One Design Class.

1937 – King Edward VII Gold Cup presented as a match racing trophy in 6-Metres by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club won by Briggs Cunningham, also the first man to win the America’s Cup when the 12-Metres were introduced.