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Match Cup Norway 2018

JULY 26TH - 29TH

Match cup Norway

Match Cup Norway 2018

HOST VENUE

RISØR, NORWAY

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

QUALIFYING

ALL TEAMS WILL RACE EACH OTHER IN A 6 BOAT FLEET RACING FORMAT, ROTATING TO ALLOW ALL 10 TEAMS TO RACE EACH OTHER. THE TOP 2 TEAMS AT THE END OF THE QUALIFYING STAGE WILL PROGRESS TO THE QUARTER FINAL STAGE.

SAIL OFF

TEAMS FROM EACH GROUP RACE IN KNOCKOUT COMPETITION TO FILL THE REMAINING 2 QUARTER FINAL STAGE POSITIONS.

KNOCK OUT STAGES

THE SAIL OFF STAGE WILL TAKE THE BOTTOM 8 TEAMS FROM THE QUALIFYING STAGE, SENDING HOME 2 TEAMS WITH 6 PROGRESSING TO THE QUARTER FINAL STAGE

WINNERS WILL PROGRESS THROUGH THE QUARTER FINAL, SEMI FINAL AND FINALS STAGES UNTIL WE HAVE A WINNER.

COURSE LAYOUT

WHAT THE SAILORS SAY

6 times champion

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 Williams

Olympic Gold Medalist, Beijing 2008

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 Warrer

TOUR CARD SKIPPERS

TORVAR MIRSKY (MIRSKY RACING TEAM)

IAN WILLIAMS (GAC PINDAR)

HARRY PRICE (DOWN UNDER RACING)

PHIL ROBERTSON (CHINA ONE NINGBO)

YANN GUICHARD (SPINDRIFT RACING)

QUALIFYING TEAMS

PIETER-JAN POSTMA (SAILING TEAM NL)

NICKLAS DACKHAMMAR (ESSIQ RACING TEAM)

JONAS WARRER (WARRER RACING)

DANIEL BJØRNHOLT (YOUTH VIKINGS DENMARK)

WILD CARD INVITES

PETTER MØRLAND PEDERSEN (NORSTEAM)

MÅNS HOLMBERG (GOTHENBURG RACING TEAM)

JOHNIE BERNTSSON (BERNTSSON SAILING TEAM)

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