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ISAF 2011 WMRT - Exciting mix of tour card holders unveiled

by World Match Racing Tour on 24 Jan 2011
Kazuhiko Sofuku (YANMAR Racing) prepares to hoist the spinnaker during qualifying session 4 Monsoon Cup 2010. Subzero Images /AWMRT http://wmrt.com
ISAF World Match Racing Tour 2011.

The line up of Tour Card Holders for the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour has been unveiled and features an exciting mix of former World Champions, established Olympic and America’s Cup campaigners and some of the hottest young stars on the global match racing circuit.


Former Champions Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, and Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team head the list of successful applicants who will be competing for the record USD 1.75m prize fund – the richest in world sailing.

Having come so close to winning the title in 2010, France’s Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team is back for another crack at the Championship alongside fellow countryman Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, a former winner of Match Race Germany.

They will be joined by Olympian and America’s Cup campaigner Francesco Bruni (ITA) Mascalzone Latino and former Argo Group Gold Cup winner Johnie Berntsson (Berntsson Sailing Team) of Sweden.

Completing the line up are two of the most exciting young prospects in match racing, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team and New Zealand’s Phil Robertson, WAKA Racing Team. Still just 24 years-old, Mirsky will be competing on the Tour for the fourth time and will go into the season as one of the hot favourites having finished second in 2009 and third in 2010.

Commenting on the list of Tour Card Holders, WMRT CEO Jim O’Toole said, 'We’re very satisfied with the response that we had from the application process and can now reveal a great line up for 2011, which is sure to provide dramatic action for fans to follow.

'One thing that really stood out during the application process was the level of professionalism of the teams’ tenders. All the teams involved demonstrated a combination of excellent match racing credentials, robust sponsorship and funding models and an ability to add value to the Tour through their own marketing activities which will be a vital element as the Tour looks to expand its profile.'

The Tour Card Holders, who represent 6 different countries, are guaranteed entry to at least 6 of the Tour’s 9 events which get under way with Match Race France in May and concludes with the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia in November when the top 9 teams will be battling for a share of the USD 500,000 Tour Bonus Pool.

For biographies and past results of the Tour Card Holders visit the WMRT website


2011 WMRT Tour Card Holders

Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Mascalzone Latino
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Phil Robertson (NZ) WAKA Racing Team
Ian Williams (GBR), Team GAC Pindar

WMRT Tour Card decisions are based on the following criteria:

- Sailing skill
- Current Tour or ISAF Ranking
- Past Tour or ISAF Ranking
- Financial submission for Tour Card
- Recent achievements in other sailing disciplines
- Media awareness, interaction and pro-active public relations plans
- A demonstrable financial and logistical commitment to the 2011 season
- Sponsor activation of a teams participation on the Tour
- Overall Team presentation

World Match Racing Tour website


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