Match Racing

Match Racing

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A match race is a race between two competitors, going head-to-head.

In sailboat racing it is differentiated from a fleet race, which almost always involves three or more competitors competing against each other, and team racing where teams consisting of 2, 3 or 4 boats compete together in a team race, with their results being combined.

The Match Racing Association promotes the sport of sailing to the public through match racing around the world at all levels of the sport. It supports and advances member match racing events and the sailors who compete in them.

The goal of the MRA is to promote the sport of match race sailing globally by fostering the highest quality competitions and providing access to all sailors. The MRA was established in 1985 in Long Beach, CA. when representatives of five founding member events organized the first match race sailing series in the world. This action was precipitated by interest from America’s Cup teams that were looking for a forum to match race in an annual series of events leading up to the classic monohull America’s Cup match races.

The MRA has evolved into the international organization that is the voice for all match racing events from new events hoping to offer march racing competition for developing competitors at local or regional events to events which have qualified for the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Events are graded from “World” for Tour events to ISAF Grade 5 for local events and from Grace 4 up to 1 for events inviting international competitors of the highest ISAF Open ranking sailors and their teams. The Tour competition is the ISAF World Championship of Match Race Sailing and the MRA is a major stakeholder in the series.

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Match Racing
  • Redline Racing Team - Young Guns of Match Racing

    Episode 1

    Redline Racing (Perth, Western Australia) has quickly become a formidable force on the Match Racing circuit around the world in just two years. Having climbed the rankings not only consistently but fast, it has seen the team jump up from 540th to 6th in the ISAF rankings.

    Video Producer: Harn...

  • 2016 World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen

    Episode 2

    A collection of some of the highlights from the 2016 World Match Racing Tour event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Get a race report from Evan Walker from Team KA Match representing Australia and watch some of the best match racers in the World battle it out in this idyllic location!

    Video Producer: ...

  • Helsinki Womens Match - Day One Highlights

    Episode 3

    The sun is out in Helsinki with tight matches all round. Liz Baylis, Series Manager, brings us up to date with the racing news. Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) has a clean sweep undefeated for the day.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • Helsinki Womens Match - Day Two Highlights

    Episode 4

    Day Two and Stage 1 - Round Robin of the WIM Racing Series in Helsinki, Finland. Teams competing from, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France, Finland and Ireland compete for their place in the semi-finals.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • Helsinki Womens Match - Day Three Highlights

    Episode 5

    Pauline Courtois (FRA) secures her first semi-final in the WIM Series after the third day of sailing here in Helsinki alongside Camilla Ulrikkeholm(DEN), Anna Ostling (SWE) and Renee Groenveld (NED).

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • Helsinki Sauna Challenge - WIM Series

    Episode 6

    The Womens International Match Racing Series competitors have the ultimate challenge - the classic Finnish sauna. Just shows you all that it isn't all fun at these regattas!

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • Helsinki Womens Match - Semi Finals

    Episode 7

    Semi Finals at the Womens International Match Racing in Helsinki, Finland. Light winds for the final four teams with Pauline Courtois (FRA) vs Renee Groenveld (NED) and Anna Ostling (SWE) vs Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) battle it out for the crucial last two places.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Se...

  • Helsinki Womens Match - Final Day Highlights

    Episode 8

    Final Day with Liz Baylis (WIM Series Manager) and Peik Astrom (Event Manager) giving you the low down on the events on the Helsinki waterfront. Team Anna (SWE) took at decisive win over Team Courtois (FRA) so congratulations go to Anna Ostling, Malin Kallstrom Fd Hulten, Marie Berg and Annika Ca...

  • WIM Series - Welcome to Sweden

    Episode 9

    The Womens International Match Racing Series arrives in Sweden - Frida Zetterstrom gives everyone an insight to the week's regatta as Day One racing was called off due to adverse wind conditions. She meets with Team Anna to find out more about the country - Anna Ostling, Annika Carlunger and Anni...

  • 2016 Lysekil WIM Series - Day 2

    Episode 10

    Day 2 of the WIM Series at Lysekil with host, Frida Zetterstrom, gives you the highlights from the Womens Match Racing Tour. Johanna Bergqvist, the rookie, sensationally beat World No 1, Anna Ostling.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2016 Lysekil WIM Series - Day 3

    Episode 11

    Day 3 of the WIM Series at Lysekil with host, Frida Zetterstrom, gives you the highlights from the Womens Match Racing Tour. Round robin finish and last eight are decided - Danish dominance in Lysekil Women's Match - Segling i världsklass​ - World Class Sailing!

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2016 Lysekil WIM Series - Day 4

    Episode 12

    Quarter Finals Day of the WIM Series at Lysekil with host, Frida Zetterstrom, gives you the highlights from the Womens Match Racing Tour. Quarters decided – Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, Meldgaard, Roble and Ostling to Semi Finals. The Swedish west coast offered a fresh breeze and heavy rain as the Quarte...

  • 2016 Lysekil WIM Series - Final Day

    Episode 13

    Finals Day of the WIM Series at Lysekil with host, Frida Zetterstrom, gives you the highlights from the Womens Match Racing Tour. After five years of Danish triumph in Lysekil Women’s Match, local hope Anna Ostling finally sailed to a very longed-for success. With the smallest of margins she push...

  • WIM Series - Midsummer Challenge - Sweden

    Episode 14

    Slightly off the wall and light hearted events at the WIM Racing Series. Team Sylvan challenge Alexa Bezel, Camilla Ulrikkeholm and Stephanie Roble in a typical Swedish midsummer game - sack and potato racing.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2016 Sheboygan WIM Series - Day 3

    Episode 15

    The Buddy Melges Challenge, the 3rd event of the 2016 WIM Series and also the Women’s World Match Racing Championship, finally got underway Friday. With a dozen flights sailed, Wisconsinite Stephanie Roble has taken the lead on her home waters of Lake Michigan.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • WIM Series - Epic American Challenge

    Episode 16

    It's America's time to challenge the rest of the WIM sailors to some traditional fund and games - not all about racing but some time out with donuts, string, eggs and flipping cups...strange but true.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2016 Sheboygan WIM Series - Day 4

    Episode 17

    Stephanie Roble and her Epic Racing kept their firm grip of the Buddy Melges Challenge, the third event of the 2016 WIM Series and also the Women’s World Match Racing Championship, through Saturday’s racing. The US team won the round-robin stage 14 – 2, and then their quarter final against compat...

  • 2016 Sheboygan WIM Series - Final Day

    Episode 18

    Anna Ostling with crew Annie and Linnea Wennergren are the 2016 Women’s Match Racing World Champions. In the Buddy Melges Challenge, the 3rd event of the 2016 WIM Series, the Swedes defeated Anne-Claire Le Berre, Mathilde Geron and Alice Ponsar of France, in a thrilling final over five exciting m...

  • Busan WIM Series 2016 - Day One

    Episode 19

    Trine Palludan early leader in Busan – Danish substitute skipper beat World Champ Anna Ostling. As the round-robin in the 4th event of the 2016 WIM Series kicked off in Busan today, Trine Palludan led her crew to four straight victories.

    Video Producer: WIM Series

  • Busan WIM Series 2016 - Day Two

    Episode 20

    In her last Wednesday match Australian skipper Katie Spithill and her Team Leagues Racing, put an end to Danish skipper Trine Palludan's winning streak in the Busan Cup Women's International Match Race, the 4th event of the 2016 WIM Series.

    Video Producer: WIM Series

  • Busan WIM Series 2016 - Day Three

    Episode 21

    Experience, experience and nothing but experience, that’s what really counts when it comes to match racing, the chess game of sailing. And Claire Leroy has got loads of it, with two World Championship titles, several years as number one on the world ranking, and double triumphs in the Busan Cup W...

  • Busan WIM Series 2016 - Day Four

    Episode 22

    It was cold, rainy, wet and not very windy, but yet an eventful and really exciting Friday on the waters just outside Haeundae Beach in Busan, Korea. Claire Leroy (FRA), Lucy Macgregor (GBR), Anna Ostling (SWE) and Katie Spithill (AUS) went through to the semis.

    Video Producer: WIM Series

  • Busan WIM Series 2016 - The Korea Challenge

    Episode 23

    Its Korea's time to challenge the rest of the WIM sailors to some traditional fun and games - not all about racing but some time out with shoe throwing, chopstick wars and skipping ropes...strange but true.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2016 Busan WIM Series - Final Day

    Episode 24

    Australian Katie Spithill has been to every Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race since the inaugural event in 2008, except for the single year she had her daughter. For the first time, she went all the way through to winning in Korea, over previous two-time Busan champion Lucy Macgregor of ...