Founded in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the longest running global professional series in the sport of sailing, featuring world class sailors including America’s Cup and Olympic champions. WMRT is exclusively sanctioned with ‘Special Event Status’ by World Sailing, the sport’s world governing body. The winner of the WMRT each year is crowned official Match Racing World Champion.
The World Match Racing Tour has long been regarded by professional sailors as a pathway to the America’s Cup and as an opportunity for teams to hone their match racing skills and teamwork at the highest level. WMRT was originally founded as a match racing series for monohull yachts, and multihulls were introduced to the Tour in 2015.
Match Racing is the same discipline of sailing used by the sport’s oldest sporting trophy since 1851, the America’s Cup. It is one of the easiest types of sailing to understand with just two boats around a race course in a winner-take-all duel of tactics, strategy and teamwork.
Teams compete in different boats at each stage of the World Match Racing Tour, however the boats supplied at each event are identical. To keep the competition 100% fair and equal, teams rotate boats during the event. This way, competing on the WMRT becomes purely about the skill and strategy of the sailors. The race courses are short with intense close to shore action providing host venues with an excellent opportunity to attract public spectators and hospitality guests to enjoy the racing up close.
Previous WMRT Champions include six-time world champion Ian Williams (GBR), Peter Gilmour (AUS), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Phil Robertson (NZL), Taylor Canfield (ISV) and Torvar Mirsky (AUS).