Championship Format


The 2024 WMRT season will comprise two levels of events – ‘World Tour’ events and ‘World Championship’ events. All events will be organised under World Sailing rules as ‘Open’ match racing events allowing both men and women teams, as well as mixed teams to enter. The ‘World Championship’ level events will award higher points and usually prize money of at least USD75,000.


Championship format – updated 1 February 2024

  • The 2024 Match Racing World Championship will be awarded to the
    winner of the WMRT Final/ Shenzhen Bao’an Match Cup in China, 10-15
    December. The prize purse for the WMRT Final will be US$200,000 as
  • A minimum of 12 skippers will be invited to the WMRT Final including;
    • The top 10 placed skippers from the WMRT leaderboard counting their best FOUR results after the penultimate event (Bermuda Gold Cup 2024)
    • The highest ranked skipper on the World Sailing Match Racing Ranking taken from the 1 October 2024 World Sailing rankings
    • 1 wild card invitation to be determined by WMRT Organising Committee
  • The following rules will apply for any series-score ties;
    • If there is a series-score tie between two or more skippers, each skipper’s race positions shall be listed in order of best to worst, and at the first point(s) where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favour of the skipper with the best position(s). No excluded scores shall be used.
    • If a tie remains between two or more skippers, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. Any remaining ties shall be broken by using the tied skippers’ scores in the next-to-last race and so on until all ties are broken. These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.


Up to 16 teams may be invited to WT and WC events.

There will usually be 5 racing days.

  • > Day 1, 2 & 3 Qualifying, Repechage and Sail-Offs. Match or Fleet Racing.
  • > Day 4 Quarter Finals and start of Semi Finals (knockout format)
  • > Day 5 Semi Finals and Finals (knockout format)

Race Course:

  • > Windward-leeward courses will be used
  • > Where multihulls are the supplied equipment. there may be reaching starts and finishes with windward and leeward gates.

Qualifier Events:

  • > Each WC event may have up to 2 WT events qualifying into it.


The Championship Points System will award points from 1st – 16th (as applicable) for the World Championship level events, and 1st – 12th for the World Tour level events.

Some World Tour events may also act as qualifiers to specified WC events.

Championship points are awarded as follows:

wdt_ID Place WC Points WT Points
1 1st 40 14
2 2nd 36 13
3 3rd 33 12
4 4th 30 11
5 5th 24 10
6 6th 22 9
7 7th 20 8
8 8th 18 7
9 9th 14 6
10 10th 13 5
11 11th 12 4
12 12th 11 3
13 13th 10
14 14th 9
15 15th 8
16 16th 7

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