Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

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


Colligo Marine 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82upffront 660x82

Related Articles

2017 Marion Bermuda Race offers front row seats for America’s Cup
Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat
Posted today at 6:15 pm
Dodging ducks, savoring summer—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted today at 4:23 pm
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted today at 12:49 pm
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug