London (16 June, 2020) – GKSS Match Cup Marstrand, the long standing world championship level event of the World Match Racing Tour, will be staged this year 2-4 July with locally invited teams and no on-shore activities, due to the impact of the global Covid-19 crisis. The popular Swedish match racing event remains part of the World Match Racing Tour and will return as a world championship level event of the Tour in 2021.
For this year’s scheduled event, organisers GKSS (Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club) and marketing agency CREATE will host twelve local teams over the shortened three day event, competing in the GKSS owned Far East 28 Regatta boats, and including the Nordea Women’s Trophy. It is the second consecutive year that sponsor Nordea has supported the Women’s Trophy in Marstrand.
Confirmed skippers include last year’s Nordea Women’s Trophy winner Anna Östling (SWE), Swedish Olympic gold medallist Max Salminen, local favourite Johnie Berntsson (SWE), defending Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson (NZL), and America’s Cup sailor Kyle Langford (AUS). Both Robertson and Langford are currently resident in Gothenburg, Sweden.
‘It is great that all of Sweden will have the opportunity to follow the regatta this year. It means a lot to the competitors to be able to sail, particularly during a year when we cannot have spectators or on-shore activities’ commented Match Cup Marstrand Event Manager Marcus Dunér.
The event will also be broadcast exclusively via Sweden’s TV4 channels C More and the Sport Channel, including live broadcasts from 2-4pm during the three days of the event.
Nordea Women’s Trophy skippers
Anna Östling (SWE)
Linnea Floser (SWE)
Johanna Bergqvist (SWE)
Klara Wester (SWE)
Sanna Matsson (SWE)
Clara Svensdotter (SWE)
Match Cup Marstrand skippers
Phil Robertson (NZL)
Max Salminen (SWE)
Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE)
Johnie Berntsson (SWE)
Jesper Stålheim (SWE)
Kyle Langford (AUS)
For more information on Match Cup Marstrand, visit Match Cup Marstrand
Marcus Dunér, Event Manager Match Cup Marstrand
Tel: 0709 408792
Ludvig Ternstedt, Press and Communications Manager Sport TV4 and C more
Tel: 0730 780700
ABOUT THE WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
Founded in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) promotes the sport of match racing around the world and is the longest running global professional series in the sport of sailing. The World Tour represents a series of independently organised and officially sanctioned match racing events. Teams accumulate points from each of the events towards an overall WMRT global ranking, the top twelve teams from which compete in the WMRT Championship Finals at the end of the season.
The WMRT is awarded ‘Special Event’ status by the sport’s world governing body – World Sailing – and the winner of the WMRT each year is crowned World Sailing Match Racing World Champion. Previous Champions include Bertrand Pace (FRA), Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR), Jesper Radich (DEN), Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Peter Holmberg (ISV), Peter Gilmour (AUS), Ian Williams (GBR), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Taylor Canfield (ISV), Phil Robertson (NZL) and Torvar Mirsky (AUS).
The WMRT is a match racing competition with racing taking place in identically supplied racing yachts which change for each event and which place a firm focus on teamwork, strategy and skill. Racing takes place close to shore to create stadium-style viewing for spectators.
Since 2000, the World Match Racing Tour and its events have awarded over USD23million in prize money to sailors which has helped to contribute to the career pathway of many of today’s professional sailors. www.wmrt.com