Adam Minoprio during the finals of the Monsoon Cup 2009. Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. 6 December 2009.
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the upcoming season and report on some new developments since their win in the 2009 World Match Racing Championships:
Hello All from BlackMatch Racing,
It is now only a few days until the opening World Match Racing Tour Event of 2010 in Marseille, the first of 10 events this year that will see us trying to retain our World Match Racing Title. We are proud to release our first video of the year created by Hamish Hooper, updating the teams situation and our intentions for 2010. To view the video please click on the following link to BlackMatch's new YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/user/BlackMatchRacing1 .
2010 will see BlackMatch hit the water with the same same five crew, Adam Minoprio, Dan McLean, Tom Powrie, David Swete and Nick Blackman, all with the same goal of retaining the World Title. Having gained entry to all of the events for 2010, including the exciting new Vietnam Match Cup, it will be a tough ask but we are hoping to kick the year off by defending our Match Race France Title next week.
BlackMatch Racing have renewed their sponsorship with Fedex Express for 2010 and we again also have the support of Emirates Team New Zealand. Hamish Hooper and his company the Visual Collective www.thevc.co.nz have done an outstanding job putting together our promotional videos and website and together we are hoping to step up our media presence.
2010 is going to be another exciting year. With the World Match Racing Tour under new management and clearly on the 'up and up', all aspects of the game are stepping up another level, including competition on the water and media surrounding the tour, so please feel free to check out the new World Tour website www.wmrt.com or the BlackMatch website www.blackmatchracing.com .
About the World Match Racing Tour
Match Race France, April 6 - 11, 2010
Match Race Germany, May 19 - 24, 2010
Korea Match Cup, June 8 - 13, 2010
Troia Portugal Match Cup, June 22 - 27, 2010
Match Cup Sweden, July 5 - 11, 2010
St Moritz Match Race, Aug 31 - Sept 5, 2010
Danish Open, Sept 8 - 12, 2010
Vietnam Match Cup, Sept 21 - 26, 2010
Argo Group Match Cup, Oct 4 - 10, 2010
Monsoon Cup, Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2010
2010 Tour Card Holders
Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch – ISAF Match Racing World Champion (2009)
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team – Finished second in 2009
Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin – Finished third in 2009
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzura
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team
Bertrand Pace (FRA) Aleph
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Ian Williams (GBR) Sail Bahrain
Tour Standings in 2009
1. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 138 Points
2. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 97 Points
3. Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin 95 Points
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR 93 Points
5. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team Racing 89 Points
6. Ian Williams (GBR) Sail Bahrain 83 Points
7. Sebastian Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team 55 Points
8. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 48 Points
Stage 1 - Match Race France, in 5 days (April 6-11, 2010)
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional sailing series featuring 10 World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with 'Special Event' status.
The World Tour awards over US$1.5million in prize money with points awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the 'ISAF Match Racing World Champion'. In addition, an incentive to compete in the world’s premier sailing series just got bigger. A US$250,000 overall prize pool for the top nine teams with a $50,000 bonus for the outright winner of next year’s World Match Racing Tour is now on offer.
Events utilise the same 'match race' format used in the America’s Cup with racing taking place in identically supplied racing yachts which places a focuses on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore for the general public to follow the races as virtual on-the-water stadiums.
Media and television highlights coverage reaches over 600 million households in excess of 100 countries around the world.