The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has planned a 19 event schedule for its 2022 world championship season, canvassing 12 countries which include new World Tour level events in Puerto Rico and Italy. The 2022 schedule will mark the 22nd consecutive season of WMRT, the longest running professional series in sailing awarded ‘Special Event’ status by World Sailing.
The 2022 WMRT season has four prominent World Championship events alongside 15 World Tour events with all events organized under World Sailing rules as Open match racing events, allowing both men and women skippers, as well as mixed teams to compete. World Championship events award higher points to the WMRT leaderboard, and prize money of at least USD 75,000.
The 2022 season gets underway in the USA with the Ficker Cup and the 57th edition of the Congressional Cup hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA. Joining the 2022 season are two new World Tour events, the inaugural Island Match Cup in Puerto Rico (May 24-29), and the OM International Ledro Match Race (June 16-19), founded in 2009 by the Associazone Vela Lago di Ledro on Lake Ledro, Italy.
The WMRT 2022 Finals will be staged December 6-11 at the Shenzhen Bao’an Match Cup in Shenzhen, China with a prize purse of USD 200,000. The 2021 WMRT Finals, scheduled to take place December 15-19 in Shenzhen, was earlier postponed to March 15-20, 2022 due to current border and quarantine restrictions in China.
“The last 18 months have certainly been challenging for many international sports events,” commented WMRT Executive Director James Pleasance. “However, we are excited to announce a full schedule of events for 2022 and we look forward to seeing world class match racing back on Tour next year.”
The 2022 WMRT championship format will be announced in the coming weeks.
2022 World Match Racing Tour Schedule
April 13-16 – Ficker Cup – Long Beach, CA, USA
April 18-23 – Congressional Cup – Long Beach, CA, USA*
April 28-May 1 – Szczecin Match Race – Szczecin, Poland
May 6-8 – Porto Montenegro Match Race – Tivat, Montenegro
May 20-22 – NJK Open Spring Cup – Helsinki, Finland
May 24-29 – Island Match Cup – Puerto Rico
June 2-6 – Match Race Germany – Langenargen, Germany
June 4-5 – GKSS Spring Cup – Gothenburg, Sweden
June 16-19 – OM International Ledro Match Race – Ledro, Italy
July 4-9 – GKSS Match Cup Marstrand – Marstrand, Sweden*
August 12-14 – Chicago Grand Slam – Chicago, IL, USA
August 18-21 – International Match Race for the Detroit Cup – Detroit, MI, USA
August 25-29 – Oakcliff International – Oyster Bay, NY, USA
August 30-September 3 – Thompson Cup – Oyster Bay, NY, USA
September 7-11 – Baltic Match Race – Tallin, Estonia
September 30-October 3 – DBS Marina Bay Cup – Marina Bay, Singapore
October 7-9 – Polish Open – Szczecin, Poland
October 17-22 – Bermuda Gold Cup – Hamilton, Bermuda*
December 6-11 – Shenzhen Bao’an Match Cup: WMRT Finals – Shenzhen, China*
*World Championship (WC) Events
WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
Founded in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) promotes the sport of match racing around the world and is the longest running global professional series in the sport of sailing. The WMRT is awarded ‘Special Event’ status by the sport’s world governing body – World Sailing – and the winner of the WMRT each year is crowned World Sailing Match Racing World Champion.
Previous champions include Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR), Taylor Canfield (USA), Peter Gilmour (AUS), Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Peter Holmberg (ISV), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Bertrand Pace (FRA), Jesper Radich (DEN), Phil Robertson (NZL) and Ian Williams (GBR).
Since 2000, the World Match Racing Tour and its events have awarded over USD23million in prize money to sailors which has helped to contribute to the career pathway of many of today’s professional sailors. www.wmrt.com