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.

Match Racing
  • WIM Series Announces the 2018 Season

    Episode 1

    The 2018 series is scheduled with events in Finland, Sweden, Russia and the US Virgin Islands. This year marks the sixth consecutive season of the WIM Series, the world’s first and only women’s professional sailing series founded in 2012.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series

  • 2018 Helsinki WIM Series - Quarter Finals

    Episode 2

    Highlights from quarter final racing at the 2018 Helsinki Women's Match - the first event of the 2018 WIM Series.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing

  • 2018 Helsinki WIM Series - Finals

    Episode 3

    Highlights from final day of racing at the 2018 Helsinki Women's Match with the semi's and final head to head with Team Kattnakken coming out on top at the first event of the 2018 WIM Series.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing

  • 2018 Lysekil WIM Series - Day Two

    Episode 4

    Day Two of Lysekil Women's Match commenced with the 11th flight of the round-robin, and the light and shifting conditions caused some delays. When the wind finally picked up, Danish Henriette Koch emerged as the strongest competitior out on the course to climb to the top of the leaderboard.


  • 2018 Lysekil WIM Series - Day One

    Episode 5

    Last year’s WIM Series winner Pauline Courtois and her crew maintain a perfect track record having won all of her matches during the first day here in Lysekil and is at the top of the score board. But it is a close race behind her with four teams tied for second place behind the French team.


  • 2018 Lysekil WIM Series - Final Day

    Episode 6

    French skipper Pauline Courtois defeated Henriette Koch from Denmark in the final of Lysekil Women's Match 2018 with 3 straight victories to take the title. ”Koch’s team were very good, they were no simple opponents. But we're incredibly proud of our team’s performance”, says Pauline Courtois.

  • 2018 Lysekil WIM Series - Day Three

    Episode 7

    The round-robin ended in spectacular fashion with the last quarter-final spot not decided until the last flight and the quarter-finals kicked off. Eight teams moved on including the Swedish teams of Anna Östling and Johanna Bergqvist.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing Series