London (14 August, 2021) The highest ranked series of match racing events in the United States – The Grand Slam Series – has announced its event dates for 2021 including reuniting with the World Match Racing Tour, the world’s longest running professional sailing series officially sanctioned by World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport.
The Grand Slam Series is made up of four Grade 2 match racing events including The Chicago Cup, International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, Oakcliff International and The Thompson Cup. Each event will also form part of the World Match Racing Tour for 2021 as World Tour level events. Skippers will earn points towards the 2021 Match Racing World Championship by gaining points from each of the Grand Slam Series events to the 2021 WMRT leader-board.
Attracting top match racing talent from around the globe, the Grand Slam title has been awarded 9 times and was on course for one of the most competitive years in the series’ history when unfortunately, it had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The organizers felt that they would not be able to maintain the quality demanded of the series. Each of the event hosts and teams are looking forward to the resumption of international competition for the 2021 series and the entertaining, rigorous and competitive match racing that the series provides close to shore and ideal for spectators.
The Grand Slam Series for 2021 has been scheduled over a short period to make it easier for travelling teams to participate in the entire series and allow for travel time between cities. That so many teams participate in the majority of the series makes the competition friendly yet intense as they continue to race against each other even as one event has ended the next is ready to start.
The Grand Slam is also thrilled to continue their partnership with Congressional Cup, the longest running Grade 1 match race in the US, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in California. The winner of the 2021 Grand Slam, awarded to the skipper with the most accumulated points in 3 of the 4 events, will receive an invitation to the 2022 Congressional Cup.
The Grand Slam Series 2021 confirmed dates:
|The Chicago Cup||Chicago YC||August 6 – 8||Tom28|
|International Match Race for the Detroit Cup||Bayview YC||August 19 – 22||Ultimate20|
|Oakcliff International||Oakcliff Sailing||August 27 – 30||Match40|
|The Thompson Cup||Seawanhaka Corinthian YC||September 1 – 4||Match40|
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