World Match Racing Tour announced 2022 season World Championship
London (14th December 2021) – The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) today announced its 2022 world championship season with a 19 event schedule across 12 countries including new World Tour level events in Puerto Rico and Italy. 2022 will mark the 22nd consecutive season of WMRT, the longest running professional series in sailing awarded 'Special Event' status by World Sailing.
The 2022 WMRT season will comprise of 'World Tour' events and 'World Championship' events, opening with the iconic Ficker Cup and the 57th edition of the Congressional Cup hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in California, USA.
All events are organised under World Sailing rules as Open match racing events, allowing both men and women skippers, as well as mixed teams to compete. 'World Championship' level events award higher points to the WMRT leader-board, and prize money of at least USD75,000.
Joining the 2022 season are two new World Tour events, the inaugural Island Match Cup in Puerto Rico (24-29 May), and the OM International Ledro Match Race (16-19 June), founded in 2009 by the Associazone Vela Lago di Ledro on Lake Ledro, Italy. Long standing tour events Match Race Germany, Match Cup Marstrand and the Bermuda Gold Cup join the line-up for 2022 as well as the US Grand Slam match racing events in Chicago, Detroit and Oyster Bay, NY.
The WMRT 2022 Finals will be staged in Shenzhen, China at the Shenzhen Bao'an Match Cup, 6-11 December with a prize purse of USD200,000. The 2021 WMRT Finals, scheduled to take place this month in Shenzhen, was earlier postponed to 15-20 March, 2022 due to current border and quarantine restrictions in China.
"The last 18 months have certainly been challenging for many international sports events" commented WMRT Executive Director James Pleasance. "However, we are excited to announce a full schedule of events for 2022 and we look forward to seeing world class match racing back on Tour next year."
The 2022 WMRT championship format will be announced in the coming weeks.
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2022 World Match Racing Tour Schedule
1. Ficker Cup, Long Beach, CA, USA, 13 – 16 April
2. *Congressional Cup, Long Beach, CA, 18 – 23 April
3. Szczecin Match Race, Poland, 28 April – 1 May
4. Porto Montenegro Match Race, 6 – 8 May
5. NJK Open Spring Cup, Finland, 20 – 22 May
6. Island Match Cup, Puerto Rico, 24 – 29 May
7. Match Race Germany, 2 – 6 June
8. GKSS Spring Cup Sweden, 4 – 5 June
9. OM International Ledro Match Race, 16 – 19 June
10. *GKSS Match Cup Marstrand, 4 – 9 July
11. Chicago Grand Slam, USA, 12 – 14 August
12. International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, USA, 18 – 21 August
13. Oakcliff International, Oyster Bay NY, USA, 25 – 29 August
14. Thompson Cup, Oyster Bay NY, USA, 30 August – 3 September
15. Baltic Match Race, Estonia, 7 – 11 September
16. DBS Marina Bay Cup, Singapore, 30 September – 3 October
17. Polish Open, Szczecin, Poland, 7-9 October
18. *Bermuda Gold Cup, 17 – 22 October
19. *Shenzhen Bao'an Match Cup: WMRT Finals 2022, 6-11 December
*World Championship (WC) Events