The Alpari World Match Racing Tour and Sun Sailing Team, the organisers of the Portimão Portugal Match Cup, have now announced that the regatta has been pulled from the 2012 Tour calendar.
Bruni Racing team battle it out at the Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2011
The decision to cancel the 2012 Portimão Portugal Match Cup follows lengthy discussions between the Tour and Sun Sailing Team where both parties sought a solution to retain the event. Unfortunately, the funding for the event has been severely impacted by the current economic situation in Portugal and some of the key funding partners are unable to commit their support to the regatta this year.
The Tour looks forward to hopefully welcoming the Portimão Portugal Match Cup back into the series in 2013.
All nine Tour Card Holders competing on the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour are allocated five events. The Tour Card Holders allocated to Portugal this year will now receive average points for the event based on their performances in their other allocated events on the 2012 Tour.
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