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Women's World Match Racing Tour announces 2023 season

by Women's WMRT 16 Jan 23:37 PST
Women's World Match Racing Tour 2023 Season © WMRT

The Women's World Match Racing Tour has announced the line-up of four events for its 2023 season including San Francisco, Annapolis, Le Havre, and Copenhagen. The Tour is the world's only professional sailing series for women designed to promote and grow female participation in professional sailing.

Following the successful first season for the women's tour launched last year, the 2023 season will kick off in April at the inaugural Casa Vela Cup at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco from 24 - 28 April. Teams will compete in matched J/22 boats over 4 days racing directly in front of the Club with its impressive backdrop of San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

"In line with our commitment to developing women skippers and crew, the St. Francis Yacht Club is delighted to have been selected to host the opening stage of the 2023 Women's World Match Racing Tour, and it is our intention for this to be an annual event," commented Regatta Chair Bruce Stone.

Straight after San Francisco, teams will head to the US East Coast for Stage 2 of the Tour and the return of the popular Santa Maria Cup at Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD from 30 April - 4 May. The Santa Maria Cup has been a premier match racing event for women for over 20 years. After a ten-year hiatus, it now makes its long-awaited comeback as part of the WWMRT. The event will be sailed in J/22s on the Severn River in Annapolis.

"Eastport Yacht Club is thrilled to be part of the Women's World Match Racing Tour for 2023" commented Event Director Jeff Borland. "We are looking forward to hosting the top women's match racing teams in Annapolis again for the Santa Maria Cup."

The Tour will then head to Europe for the Normandy Match Cup in Le Havre, France from 26-29 May, sailed in First 7.5 keelboats. Last year's Normandy event was won by defending champion Pauline Courtois and her Match in Pink Normandy Elite Team who went on to win the overall 2022 Women's World Match Racing Tour title at the Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.

Stage 4 of the 2023 Tour will see the teams return to Skovshoved Harbour in Copenhagen, Denmark from 21-24 Sept for the second edition of the KDY Women's Match Race Denmark hosted by the Royal Danish Yacht Club. Won last year by former World Champion Anna Östling and her Wings Match Racing Team from Sweden, the Danish Tour stage will test the physical limits of teams in the bigger and heavier DS37 yachts with up to six crew.

"We are very excited to announce the 2023 Women's World Match Racing Tour season today so teams can start planning their campaigns," commented WWMRT Executive Director James Pleasance. "After the success of last year's Tour, we are speaking to a number of host venues, and we also hope to add a fifth tour stage this year for 2023 which would be a great addition."

For more updates and information on the Women's World Match Racing Tour and event documents, visit womenswmrt.com and follow us on social media at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Women's World Match Racing Tour

The Women's World Match Racing Tour was launched in 2022 to continue the hugely successful legacy of the WIM Series (Women's International Match Racing Series) providing a global match racing series for female sailors. The name of the series was re-launched as the Women's World Match Racing Tour with its continued mission to expand and strengthen global match racing and promote opportunities for competitive women's sailing at every level. The Women's World Match Racing Tour is the world's first and only professional sailing series for women providing a valuable pathway for aspiring female world champions in the sport of sailing. See womenswmrt.com

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