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Get set for the RYA Winter Match Racing Series

by Paula Irish 10 Nov 2022 03:34 PST
Entries are now open for the RYA Winter Match Racing Series © Freddie Cardew-Smith

Entry is now open for the RYA Winter Match Racing Series 2023 which kicks off in RS21s at London's Queen Mary Sailing Club in the New Year. Early bird discount is available until 23.59 on 19 December 2022 for the first event.

The #rockupandrace series will also give teams an opportunity to compete in 707s and Elliott 6Ms with each event offering windward-leeward match racing for up to eight or nine teams.

There will be a warm welcome for both experienced young match racers and those who would like to give it a go, with coaching support available for participants.

Entries are invited for teams of four/five crew for Qualifier 1, for which there is an early bird discount available for teams who sign up before 23.59 on 19 December 2022.

Full details can be found in the Notice of Race and registration for three of the four events in the series is now open. The format of racing for each event, conditions allowing, will include a round robin, semi-finals and finals.

The full series will be as follows:

  • 14-15 January 2023: Winter Match Racing Q1, RS21s at Queen Mary Sailing Club
  • 4-5 February 2023: Women's Winter Match Racing, Elliott 6Ms at WPNSA
  • Date & venue to be confirmed: Rory Cheetham Cup, incorporating WMR Q2
  • 18-19 March 2023: Winter Match Racing Q3, 707s at Royal Corinthian YC, Burnham-on-Crouch

RYA Director of Racing Nick Scott said: "With a fleet of one-design keelboats ready to go at each event, RYA Match Racing provides an accessible platform for teams to take part in this exciting discipline, including young and aspiring keelboat sailors and youth sailors looking to try something new.

"As ever we have some fantastic venues lined up and we're really looking forward to welcoming both experienced and new participants to the RYA Winter Match Racing Series."

Also coming up this winter is the rescheduled 2022 RYA Marlow Ropes Women's Match Racing Championships, which will take place in Elliott 6Ms at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, 11-12 February 2023, with entry available now.

Find out more about RYA Match Racing and all upcoming events at www.ryamatchracing.co.uk

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