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
  • 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Championship - Day One

    Episode 1

    The girls are back for 2017 with their Women's International Match Racing Series and in Helsinki for the World's. The race committee and teams faced challenges all day as light and shifty winds dominated the first day of the round robin stage in the beautiful waters of Helsinki Harbour. The local...

  • 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Championship - Day Two

    Episode 2

    The girls are back for 2017 with their Women's International Match Racing Series and in Helsinki for the World's. Former World Champions leading the way - Lucy Macgregor (GBR) alongside her tactician, Silja (Lehtinen) Frost (FIN), undefeated at the end of Day Two. One of Macgregor’s matches was w...

  • 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Championship - Day Three

    Episode 3

    The girls are back for 2017 with their Women's International Match Racing Series and in Helsinki for the World's. Eight of the top teams in the world will move on to the second stage and keep their dreams of a World Championship title alive while six teams had their hopes defeated. Lucy Macgrego...

  • 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Championship - Day Four

    Episode 4

    Before thunderstorms abruptly ended the racing in Helsinki, there were some exciting matches in the Quarter-Finals of the 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Championship. The results went “according to form” as the top four from the round robin stage came out on top in each of their pairs. Lucy Macg...

  • 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Championship - Final Day

    Episode 5

    For a second day, the thunderstorms rushed the sailors off of the water, but not before Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and her Team Mac with teammates Silja Lehtinen Frost, Rosie Watkins, Imogen Stanley, and Charlotte Lawrence were declared 2017 Women’s Match Racing World Champions in Helsinki, defeating t...

  • 2017 Lysekil WIM Series - Day One

    Episode 6

    The second stop of the 2017 WIM Series saw a dramatically different day from the blustery practice day yesterday. Very light and shifty winds led to postponements, long waiting and fewer matches than scheduled as Lysekil Women’s Match kicked off with the first day of racing. New Fareast 28R boats...

  • 2017 Lysekil WIM Series - Day Two

    Episode 7

    The wind, the spectators and finally also the sunshine, came to Lysekil Women’s Match, the second event on the 2017 WIM Series. Trine Palludan from the Royal Danish Yacht Club picked up another couple of matches, and is still undefeated with her four wins.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2017 Lysekil WIM Series - Day Three

    Episode 8

    In bright sunshine and shifty westerly winds, the conclusion of the round-robin stage of the Lysekil Women’s Match the second round of the 2017 WIM Series. Trine Palludan of the Royal Danish Yacht Club took nine matches winning emphatically.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2017 Lysekil WIM Series - Day Four

    Episode 9

    World No.1, Anna Östling, won the Swedish battle against Caroline Sylvan in their Lysekil Women’s Match Quarter-Final. Trine Palludan (DEN), Pauline Courtois (FRA) and Renée Groeneveld (NED) follow Östling to the Semi-Final.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2017 Lysekil WIM Series - Final Day

    Episode 10

    Dutch Olympian Renée Groeneveld and her crew won Lysekil Women’s Match, the second stop on the 2017 WIM Series, by beating Pauline Courtois, FRA, 3 – 1 in the final. Defending Champion, Anna Östling, took the bronze after a 2 – 0 score against Trine Palludan, DEN, in the petite final.

    Video P...

  • RYA National Match Racing Championships Grand Final 2017

    Episode 11

    The VRsport.tv Media Crew popped along to the UK's RYA National Match Racing Championships Grand Final hosted by Queen Mary Sailing Club. Racing postponed but gave teams a chance to get out in their J/80's and interviews with some of the leading skippers including 6 x World Champion Ian Williams....

  • 2017 Bedanne WIM Series - Day One

    Episode 12

    Despite the cold temperatures, the sailors all had sunny smiles during the first day of racing at the 2017 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) final event – the International Bedanne’s Cup. The local team of top ranked French skipper Pauline Courtois leads the way with six wins...

  • 2017 Bedanne WIM Series - Day Two

    Episode 13

    The conditions turned blustery on small Lake Bedanne in Normandy for the second day of racing at the International Bedanne’s Cup – the final event of the 2017 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series). But change of conditions did not deter local skipper Pauline Courtois as she maint...

  • 2017 Bedanne WIM Series - Day Three

    Episode 14

    Day Three at the International Bédanne’s Cup and the aim was to complete the double round robin. This would set the stage for the quarter-finals and see who would win the right to skip the quarter-finals and go straight to the semis. Local stars, Pauline Courtois and her Match in Pink by Normandy...

  • 2017 Bedanne WIM Series - Day Four

    Episode 15

    Another day on Lake Bédanne and another nerve wracking adventure for the sailors with shifty winds, lead changes, and big puffs. The penultimate day of the 2017 International Bédanne’s Cup, the final event of the 2017 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series), brought some exciting m...

  • 2017 Bedanne WIM Series - Final Day

    Episode 16

    An incredible final day at the Base de loisirs de Bédanne, as the sun came out and the crowds followed to see the final day of racing at the 2017 International Bédanne’s Cup and see the champions decided for the 2017 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series).

    Video Producer: WIM ...

  • Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing - Day One

    Episode 17

    The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron hosts one of Australia's most prestigious match racing events - the Hardy Cup (U25 World Sailing Grade 3 International Event). Catch up with the action from Day One.

    Video Producer: Mike McLoughlin Moments

  • Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing - Day Two

    Episode 18

    The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron hosts one of Australia's most prestigious match racing events - the Hardy Cup (U25 World Sailing Grade 3 International Event). Catch up with the action from Day Two.

    Video Producer: Mike McLoughlin Moments

  • Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing - Finals

    Episode 19

    Final Day of the Hardy Cup - one of Australia's most prestigious match racing events - hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. All-women team, led by Clare Costanzo and her Royal Prince Alfred YC crew, pick up the honours.

    Video Producer: Mike McLoughlin Moments