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
  • 2019 Congressional Cup Race Day 1 & 2

    Episode 1

    Round Robin time at the Congressional Cup with Berntsson, Canfield and Williams leading the current podium. It is recognised as the ‘granddaddy’ of modern world-class match racing: the premier and longest running event of its kind in North America. Founded by Long Beach Yacht Club in 1965, the Co...

  • 2019 Congressional Cup Race Day 3

    Episode 2

    Pressure is on with the final round robin qualifiers for the semi final places at the Congressional Cup. No change at the top with Berntsson, Canfield and Williams leading the current podium. It is recognised as the ‘granddaddy’ of modern world-class match racing: the premier and longest running ...

  • 2019 Congressional Cup Race Day 4

    Episode 3

    Semi finals at the Congressional Cup with Scott Dickson and Ian Williams taking them through to the final. It is recognised as the ‘granddaddy’ of modern world-class match racing: the premier and longest running event of its kind in North America. Founded by Long Beach Yacht Club in 1965, the Con...

  • 2019 Normandie Match Cup - Day One

    Episode 4

    The winds kicked up as racing got underway for Day One of Normandie Match Cup – the first event of the 2019 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) season in the Le Havre. The veterans lead the way while some of the new teams struggle to find their footing.

    Video Producer: WIM ...

  • 2019 Normandie Match Cup - Day Three

    Episode 5

    Day Three more than made up for no sailing the previous stormy day. The sailors, race committee, umpires and spectators spent a very full day on the water in excellent conditions after completing an astonishing forty-five races to complete the double round robin!

    Video Producer: WIM Racing

  • 2019 Normandie Match Cup - Final Day

    Episode 6

    Local knowledge and good sailing lead to a win at the inaugural Normandie Match Cup by the Le Havre-based Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team lead by Pauline Courtois in blustery conditions.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing

  • Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019 - Day One

    Episode 7

    After the first day of competition, four teams on equal points at the top of the leader board in Lysekil Women’s Match, the 2019 World Championship: Johanna Bergqvist, Pauline Courtois, Anna Östling and Claire Leroy all counting four wins and one loss.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing

  • Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019 - Day Three

    Episode 8

    After finishing the Round Robin, the four teams on top, directly qualifying to the quarter finals were: reigning World Champion Lucy Macgregor, number one in the world - Pauline Courtois, and the two Swedish: Anna Östling and Marie Björling.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing

  • Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019 - Day Four

    Episode 9

    The quarter finals are done and four teams will compete in becoming 2019´s World Champion in Match Racing. Lucy Macgregor - Team Mac (GBR), Pauline Courtois - Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team (FRA), Claire Leroy - Mermaid Sailing Team (FRA) and Renée Groeneveld - Dutch Match Racing Team (NED)...

  • Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019 - Final Day

    Episode 10

    Lysekil Women’s Match - the world’s greatest match racing competition for female sailors - is over. Lucy Macgregor, with her Team Mac (GBR), sailed home the gold and became the 2019 Women’s Match Racing World Champions.

    Video Producer: WIM Racing