Thursday, February 21, 2008

World Match Racing Tour launches worldwide qualifying series

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] The ISAF World Match Racing Tour is pleased to announce its new ‘Tour Qualifier Series’, a group of nineteen events which will act as official qualifier regattas to the ten stages of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour.

The concept behind the Tour Qualifier Series is to provide up and coming match racing teams a structured gateway to competing on the World Match Racing Tour. As Tour Director Craig Mitchell explains:

“In the past, each stage of the World Match Racing Tour has hosted qualifier events in their own country. The new Tour Qualifier Series offers up to two qualifier events to each of the Tour stages, and also in different countries to the host country. The result is the series extends the opportunity for foreign teams to gain entry to the official Tour events”

The Tour Qualifier Series events for 2008 are as follows:

Tour Stages
TQS Events
Brasil Sailing CupBSC Qualifier (BRA)20 - 21 Apr 2008
Brasil Women's Cup (BRA)TBC
Match Race GermanyGerman Championship (GER)Already Completed
Berlin Match Race (GER)Already Completed
Latium Match CupRYA Winter Challenge (GBR)19-20 Jan 2008
Korea Match CupKMC Qualifier (KOR)Jun 2008
KMC Qualifier 2 (KOR)TBC
Match Cup SwedenGKSS Spring Cup (SWE)31 May - 1 Jun 2008
Marseille Int Match Race (FRA)11-15 Mar 2008
Portugal Match CupPMC Qualifier (POR)12-14 Jul 2008
Marseille Int Match Race (FRA)TBC
Danish OpenTMC Grill Cup (DEN)7-8 Jun 2008
Sails of the White Knights (RUS)4-8 Jun 2008
St Moritz Match Race Swiss MR Championship (SUI)Already Completed
Open de Espana (ESP)8-12 Apr 2008
Bermuda Gold CupBermuda MR Championship (BDA)TBC
Knickerbocker Cup (USA)19-24 Aug 2008
Monsoon CupMalaysian MR Championship (MAS)Sep 2008
Asian MR Championship (MAS)Sep 2008

The winner of each Tour Qualifier Event will automatically receive an invitation to the corresponding Tour Stage.

“The Tour Qualifier Series is a tremendous development for the Tour” commented Tour President Scott Macleod. “We are constantly receiving requests for entries to the Tour and these qualifier events provide an ideal opportunity for teams to earn their place against the top sailors competing on the Tour”.



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