Wednesday, October 20, 2010

World Match Racing Tour season's earnings

The world's top tennis and golf players can earn millions of dollars in prize money. For example, the 2010 US Open featured the richest purse in tennis history. This year's US Open purse topped US$ 22.6 million, an increase of US$ 1 million over last year's record purse. Across the Atlantic, the Wimbledon tennis championship awarded this year a record GBP 13.7 million and for the first time ever the prize for the singles champion reached GBP 1 million.

In sailing, the only professional circuit that awards prize money is the World Match Racing Tour. This year it consists of nine events and will award over US$ 1.5 million in prize money. In addition, there is a US$ 250,000 overall prize pool for the top nine teams with a US$50,000 bonus for the outright winner.

The WMRT made public the breakdown of the prize money for the 2010 and 2009 season (tables below). The figures are in US dollars and are approximate since the prizes are mostly given in the local currency of each event.

Adam Minoprio, the reigning ISAF World Match Racing Champion, made a cool 220,000 dollars in 2009, although I suppose this amount has to be split among his team. Second placed Torvar Mirsky earned exactly half of what his kiwi opponent did while third placed Ben Ainslie pocketed close to 175,000 dollars.

This clearly shows that you can very well end up second overall at the end of the season if you finish second or third in each event but you can earn much more if you win a number of events, even if you don't take part in the entire circuit. Ainslie took part in only 4 of the 2009 events, scoring two wins, a third place and an all-important second in the season's grand finale in the Monsoon Cup. On the other hand, Mirsky took part in all events, won only one and had a string of bad results like an 8th and even a 10th.

This year, the same pattern holds true and Mathieu Richard and Ben Ainslie top the earning charts, thanks to 3 and 2 victories, respectively.

World Match Racing Tour earnings in 2010 (as of October 18th)
No.SkipperCountryTeamPointsPrize Money
1Mathieu RichardFRAFrench Match Racing Team105US$ 145,112
2Adam MinoprioNZLETNZ/BlackMatch Racing90US$ 86,305
3Ben AinslieGBRTEAMORIGIN88US$ 104,744
4Torvar MirskyAUSMirsky Racing Team76US$ 73,117
5Ian WilliamsGBRTeam GAC Pindar72US$ 94,048
6Jesper RadichDENGaastra Racing Team60US$ 42,000
7Francesco BruniITATeam Azzurra53US$ 54,172
8Peter GilmourAUSYANMAR Racing51US$ 51,000

World Match Racing Tour earnings in 2009
No.SkipperCountryTeamPointsPrize Money
1Adam MinoprioNZLETNZ/BlackMatch Racing138US$ 219,050
2Torvar MirskyAUSMirsky Racing Team97US$ 111,800
3Ben AinslieGBRTEAMORIGIN95US$ 173,250
4Peter GilmourAUSYANMAR Racing93US$ 127,400
5Mathieu RichardFRAFrench Match Racing Team89US$ 118,800
6Ian WilliamsGBRTeam Pindar83US$ 118,150
7Sebastien ColFRAAll4One59US$ 96,200
8Damien IehlFRAFrench Match Racing Team48US$ 59,700
9Paolo CianITATeam Shosholoza31US$ 72,600
10Philippe PrestiFRAFrench Spirit26US$ 33,400

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At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sir, Are you able to provide further information as to the organizing body of this event as I wish to make contact with them ?

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

also remember that this is all before tax!


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