London (11 March 2024) – The Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS) today announced the extension of its partnership with leading Nordics financial services group Nordea as main partner to this years 30th edition of the GKSS Match Cup Sweden event (1-6 July), a founding event of the World Match Racing Tour. Nordea also continues its partnership as main partner of the all-female Nordea Women’s Trophy which this year also joins as an official stage of the 2024 Women’s World Match Racing Tour.   

“Nordea is a great partner to GKSS and we are constantly in dialogue about how together we can create a wonderful folk festival with great value for the event’s visitors and sailors. Having now extended the collaboration means that we can also work with developing sustainability and development in the long term” commented  Mattias Rahm, GKSS Match Cup Sweden Event Manager.

“We are very happy and proud to continue our collaboration with GKSS. It is a unique arena where we invite to meetings and can pursue issues that are important to Nordea such as entrepreneurship, inclusion and transition to a sustainable future. We are also extra proud to have made it possible for women to have their own competition in the form of the Nordea Women’s Trophy” added Patrik Svensson, Regional Manager Nordea.

“The GKSS Match Cup is our major competition and a very important showcase for Swedish sailing on a world stage. The competitions at Marstrand are world famous and many of the big names in sailing have competed here. This year is also the first time the Nordea Women’s Trophy becomes an official stage of the Women’s World Match Racing Tour which we are delighted to announce. For us, the Match Cup Sweden week is also fantastic meeting place for our 3,000 members and we look forward to welcoming the sailing world to Marstrand in July” added  Thomas Rahm, Club Manager GKSS.

Mattias Rahm (Event Manager GKSS Match Cup Sweden, Patrick Svensson (Regional Manager Nordea), Thomas Rahm (Club Manager GKSS)

This year marks a milestone 30th edition of the GKSS Match Cup Sweden event which annually attracts over 50,000 spectators during the week to the popular island on the west coast of Sweden. Known around the world and amongst the international sailing community as one of the best venues for match racing, past champions of Match Cup Sweden since 1994 read like a who’s who of international sailing including Peter Gilmour (AUS), Betrand Pace (FRA), Dean Barker (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Chris Law (GBR), Björn Hansen (SWE), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Ian Williams (GBR), Phil Robertson (NZL)..

The defending champion of the Nordea Women’s Trophy is Sweden’s Anna Östling and her Team WINGS expected to return to Marstrand in July to defend their title. In the Open class, Sweden’s Björn Hansen is the defending champion of GKSS Match Cup Sweden winning the event an impressive seven times and earning him the local title of the ‘Master of Marstrand’.

GKSS Match Cup Sweden is committed to being free of single-use plastics and works closely with sustainability initiatives together with Göteborg & Co.

The 2024 GKSS Match Cup Sweden will take place from 1-6 July, for information visit

For more information contact:

Mattias Rahm | Event Manager GKSS Match Cup Sweden | +46 705155663

Jeffery Petersen (USA), Golden State Match Racing Team at the GKSS Match Cup Sweden 2023
GKSS Match Cup Sweden 2023. Photo: Dan Lungsvik

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 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. Since 2000, the World Match Racing Tour and its events have awarded over USD24million in prize money to sailors which has helped to contribute to the career pathway of many of today’s professional sailors.