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There’s a new player in on-the-water drone work, and if this quick peak of M32 catamaran racing on Biscayne Bay from earlier this month is any indication, they’ve got the goods. Check out Up Top Photography’s other work here, and head over to M32 North America on Facebook to check in with the fastest one-design fleet racing in the USA… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The Magenta Project aims to advance women in the sport of professional sailing, and promote inclusion, diversity and positive female role models in society at large. Cressida Robson attended a clinic the organization hosted this month in Miami and provides this report. For photos and video from the clinic…click here. For additional information…click here. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Sadly the attemp to establish a record around Mallorca for Iker Martinez his “Equipo Movistar” team on a M32 failed today on a broken mast, check video above to see the actual footage of the mast wiggle out of column then breaking. More info at facebook.com/equipomovistar/. Iker will be also participating in the GC32 Racing tour this year… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
20 M32 teams went through an entire high-pressure season of big wind sailing on the World Match Racing Tour without a single dismasting, but that didn’t mean shit to mother nature in Miami as she took two rigs down in the space of 6 seconds; Petey Crawford got some good video and pics of the event here, and be sure to follow his FB page for coverage of everything Miami this winter. The spouse of a soon-to-be Trump cabinet member has come a long way since he joined the multihull revolution; Rick DeVos took M32 Miami Event # 1 over Don Wilson…
Title rip to one of the best NSFW songs ever for the racially challenged.
After a very strong Marstrand finale to the inaugural World Match Racing Tour, our friends in M32 World have been extremely quiet, with no firm announcements for the 2016/17 WMRT season other than a teaser telling us there would indeed be another million on offer for the winner of the series. This week, we found out what they’ve been up to: First, and as you can see by the titillating video above, they’ve gotten International Class status from ISAF and the inaugural M32 World Championship will be sailed on the Devil’s Island immediately after the Tour finale in Marstrand. While future M32 Worlds will be qualified events, this first year is first-come, first-served, and capped at 25 boats, so get registered now.
Far more importantly, M32 World announced that the Volvo Ocean Race will now feature the M32 cat for Pro-Am and guest racing at 8 of the VOR Stopovers. Each boat will be branded like one of the teams and sailed over the course of the stopover, allowing non-stop sailing action for spectators and VIP/hospitality guests. Instead of a two days of in-port and pro-am racing, those eight stopovers will now be full of racing action – a move that pleases both VOR, the teams, and the local vendors while increasing the crossover between long time circumnavigators and inshore cat racers.
Photos: Ian Roman / WMRT – Official web wmrt.com — James Wierzbowski, one of the recent members of the Team that won the 1Million Dollar World Match Racing Tour Final, started his carrier sailing Hobie 16 later F16s & F18s, I remember him being featured here in many occasions, just put James Wierzbowski in the search box to the right and you will find plenty of results on the different
The Race to Alaska (R2K) is a unique 750-mile marathon open to all forms of non-motorized craft. Entrants can have no support of any type; it’s like the Iditarod but on a boat. Avoid drowning, freighters, killer whales, and grizzly bears, and the winner gets $10,000. A set of steak knives awaits the runner-up.
It is a two stage event, with the first stage from Port Townsend, WA to Victoria BC as a 40 mile qualifier before entrants can start the 710 stage from Victoria BC to Ketchikan, AK on June 26. Thirty-eight teams made the cut, and for various reasons, were Alaska-bound.
The big winner was Team MAD Dog Racing and their M32 catamaran, sailed by Randy Miller (team captain), Ian Andrewes and Colin Dunphy. The team blistered the previous record by over a day, finishing in 3 days, 20 hours, 13 minutes. Even more remarkable…they survived to tell about it.
After living on an unprotected trampoline, in harsh climate, with a large carbon fiber beach cat underneath, Ian Andrewes shared some of the experience with Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck…
How did your team come together?
We started racing together a few years ago. I met Randy in San Francisco near the conclusion of the 2013 America’s Cup. He had just bought the boat from Ken Read and was looking for some young guns to race with him. I ended up taking the boat out to Miami that same year to race in the Miami Gold Cup Series. Colin and I met in high school and I just told him he had to come racing with us. Ever since then we’ve had a ton of racing together all around the country.
How long had your team planned for the race?
We started talking about it during last year’s edition but things didn’t really take off until about 8 months ago. It was nonstop action to get everything ready in between our other commitments.
Why the M32?
We chose the M32 because we really believed it was the fastest possible boat to complete this course on. It’s small and light enough to get through the narrow and light spots. We pushed it a lot in San Francisco and went through many challenges with breaking masts, foils, etc. We were confident with the boat after all that we had done to it.
What were some of the concerns your team had planned for?
We discussed all possible scenarios with regards to major breakages during the race. We prepared with bringing the right amount of spares while still maintaining our one design racing weight. But at some point we knew there was just going to be this inherent risk of suffering a catastrophic breakdown that goes beyond your control. However, we were very methodical with each and every step and real engineering was done on all structural parts of the platform, rig and foils.
Much more… click here.
Randy Miller and the small crew of the M32 Mad Dog Racing have won the second edition outright with a blistering time of 3D20h13m, destroying the R2AK record and the rest of the fleet by DAYS! A huge congrats to the boys, and the above pic (posted by Randy himself in the forums) shows just how much thought Miller put into the race. It’s a Ballard Sails decksweeping mainsail that keeps its aero-friendly endplate effect even when reefed.
The race continues, and here’s a short excerpt from the latest report from the clever Jake Beattie:
While the R2AK nation slept sound in the knowledge that they would rise in plenty of time to check the tracker and box out a spot in the online queue for the coveted feed of the Ketchikan harbor cam, Team MAD Dog Racing was hurtling through the night on a downwind screamer. 23 knots downwind through the great wide open of Dixon Entrance. Full throttle in the darkest night that the crew had ever seen. No stars, no moon, no lights from an uninhabited shoreline, just black stallion racing into the spray filled darkness.
“We couldn’t tell where the horizon started, it was too dark to know where the boat and the water were.” By the time we all woke up and checked the tracker, then checked it again, they were close. Oh my god close…
When the sailing community heard that French multihull phenom Yann Guichard was dating billionaire pharaceutical heiress Dona Bertarelli, plenty of jaded sailors smiled knowing smiles for the Frenchmen’s good luck. Six years, an engagement, and a hundred thousand miles or so later, we’ve all accepted that Dona ain’t just another ultra-rich swiss sailor, and in this 15-minute interview with Mr. Clean shot last week in Sweden, the fastest female sailor on the planet shows that she’s the real deal and then some…
Canfield vs. Williams and Guichard vs. Robertson – Check it out above ‘LIVE’! AT 11AM PDT.
As the leading professional match racing series sanctioned by World Sailing, the 2016 World Match Racing Tour season will be known for three things.
1. The switch to the M32 catamaran has elevated several multihull teams with no match racing experience.
2. The elimination format for the 20-team field includes fleet racing, which helps these multihull teams.
3. An event with a $200,000 prize purse attracts some pretty good multihull teams.
At World Match Racing Tour Fremantle (March 2-7), the first event using the M32, there were two multihull teams – Hans Wallén and Yann Guichard – in the semi-finals. Wallén’s lack of match racing skills were overcome by his experience in the boat, but when he advanced to the finals it was reigning tour champion Ian Williams sweeping him aside 3-0.
A similar pattern played out at World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen (May 9-14) when Iker Martinez and Yann Guichard, both with no match racing experience but deep with multihull skills, were able to advance to the semi-finals. But again, when Martinez faced past tour champion Taylor Canfield, the later was able to take the title 3-0.
With only two more tour events in 2016, and the Match Racing World Championship title to be awarded to the final event winner, it will be a test to see which faction – match racers or multihull experts – will prove the victor.
After what was the single most exciting day of match racing I’ve ever watched or commentated in my life, I’m still a little speechless; I’ve never been much of a fan of match racing, and I’d long ago gotten used to a format where the boat that wins the start sails off to victory the vast majority of the time. But on the Sweet Sixteen day of the World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen, the crowd and worldwide audience saw more passing and more action than in an entire week of hte old-format World Tour.
I’m still a little cynical – maybe we just got lucky, or maybe it’s the newness of the M32 that’s allowing such variety in the racing. But as I type this on Friday morning, Sally Barkow just nearly caused Taylor Canfield to flip and made the pass, and we’re just on the first race of the day. Watch the entire replay from yesterday above, and if you like it as much as I did, be sure to tune in today at 1400 CET/0800 ET as the quarterfinals conclude.
John Casey is back after a couple weeks off, and he grabbed Macca, former US-One alum Dan Morris, and the ever-hilarious Flip Wehrheim for a chat about deadly snakes, M32 catamaran racing, donald trump, the end of a sailing career, and plenty more. Get ready to laugh with the latest JC Worldwide podcast above. Subscribe on iTunes here.
All Images Ian Roman/WMRT – Full Album at wmrt.com/events/fremantle-2016/ – Results wmrt.com/results/ – Day 1 Live Replay above. Good work done by the WRMT on having this available, it will bring more awareness and promotion for the Tour. Just like the Americas Cup guys are doing… ???
After the Tour de France a Voile, the World Match Racing Tour migrates to Multlis. Are the M32s the
All Images M32 Series – Full gallery at their Fb web –
Results from Bermuda :
1st US One Sailing Team
2nd GAC Pindar
3rd Riptide Racing
5th Miss Budweiser/ Flipper Wehrheim Racing
6th The Magenta Project/ Team Magenta32
7th Jarvinen & Lumijarvi Sailing Team
London, UK (January 28, 2016) – The World Match Racing Tour has confirmed a series of qualifying events for the 2016 world championship Tour, providing a new pathway for young aspiring sailors to compete against the best match racing teams in the world.
The series of qualifying regattas, called ‘World Tour’ events, will provide the opportunity for ambitious teams to earn invitations to the five World Championship level events (changed from six events) with USD 200,000 prize money per event.
The first World Championship event takes place this March in Fremantle, Australia, and the short Tour season culminates with Marstrand, Sweden in July, when the winner of the World Championship will take home a bonus of US$1 million.
For each of the four Championship events leading up to the finals in Marstrand, there are World Tour qualifying events where the first three teams will go through to compete in its related Championship event. If a new team puts together a committed campaign, practices hard in the new M32 catamaran and does well, those sailors could make it through to the final 20 teams who will be fighting it out in the World Finals in Marstrand.
The qualifying events present an unprecedented opportunity for young and ambitious sailors to make their mark on the professional racing world. Their entry into the Tour could be the launchpad to a long and successful career in sailing.
Up to eight teams will be able to compete at each World Tour event, competing in four brand new supplied M32 catamarans. First, however, the new teams need to go complete a three-day licensing course to familiarise themselves with how to handle the M32. With the racing taking place on short close-to-shore courses at speeds of up to 30 knots, it is vital that all competing teams have attained a minimum level of competence and boat handling skills.
The match racing license costs US$1,000 per crew member, but once you have acquired the licence, then you are ready to go M32 racing, taking part on a grand prix circuit at a very affordable price in fast and easy to handle boats. – Read on
It is fascinatingly ironic that just a week after giving the boot to the guy hired to repair a horribly dysfunctional ISAF, the sport’s governing body announced with great fanfare their name change from ISAF to “World Sailing”. ISAF follows in the undistinguished footsteps of major companies forced to flee the putrid smell of their former names, though sailing’s sketchy ruler isn’t an innocent victim brand like “AYDS Diet Candy” or “Isis Chocolates”. We’d put ISAF’s motivation closer to lung cancer friendly Philip Morris’ transformation to “Altria”, world financial crisis enabler AIG’s to Chartis, or cable television horror show Comcast to Xfinity.
Former medal-winning sailor and now ISAF head propagandist Mal Page makes a valiant attempt to justify the move, but he never had a chance; you can sprinkle all the roses you want on a pile of bullshit, but there’s no getting rid of the smell – especially when it still smells like Brazilian feces.
In the meantime, a well-proven businessman who’s pouring his own money into the sport in an attempt to revolutionize sailing for both youth sailors and the cream of the crop announced his own adoption of the word “World” with the new M32 World website and social channel and the 2016 World Match Racing Tour schedule.
With our belief that the past predicts the future, we have as little faith in Mal Page’s World succeeding as we do confidence that Hakan Svensson’s World has a real chance of opening new eyes on high-performance racing.
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
The 34th America’s Cup changed from the monohull to the multihull to improve the marketability of the event, with the idea that high performance boats will elevate the oldest international sporting trophy to a prominent entertainment product. If more people will watch it, more companies will sponsor it.
But match racing catamarans? For sure the game changed, with nimble tactics replaced with speed-saving maneuvers. Thankfully, the breakthrough in 2013 edition was the foiling tack, allowing AC72 teams to effect a covering strategy upwind. I mean, if you can’t control while ahead, what’s the point?
But was this disruption or progress? It depends on how attached you are to history, or how much weight you put into the miraculous 1-8 comeback by Oracle Team USA. If they didn’t win, the much ballyhooed “Summer of Sailing” on San Francisco Bay would have been more remembered by one boat races, a cheating scandal, and a horrific fatality.
Every holder of the America’s Cup gets their turn as host, and the current defender is in full stride, with changes to the 2017 edition hoping to embrace HD monitors the world over. But the trickle down of the America’s Cup cannot be contained, and now another longstanding event is leveraging this tidal flow.
Aston Harald, manufacturer of the M32 racing catamaran, bought in June the iconic World Match Racing Tour, and now plans a dramatic revamp of the leading professional match racing series. Launched in 2000 and now in its 16th season, the tour in 2016 will be replacing the various monohulls used at each event with the M32 multihull.
So now, with countless monohull match racing events around the world, the two top competitions are in multihulls, both fueled with marketing motivation. What becomes of the pathway to the top? Will there be more trickle down? That’s the question now being asked in Bermuda.
The Argo Group Gold Cup, the oldest match racing trophy in the world for competition involving one-design yachts, just completed its 79th edition last week, but now its World Match Racing Tour status hangs in the balance.
As The Royal Gazette reports, Gold Cup organizers are having to decide whether they amend the class rule from the International One Design sloop to the M32 catamaran for their event is to retain its World Match Racing Tour status.
Peter Shrubb, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club rear commodore, who is responsible for international events, said discussions between the Gold Cup organizing committee, Tour officials and Gold Cup title sponsors Argo Group are ongoing.
“We are negotiating with our sponsor and the new owners of the Tour on what’s the best direction for us to go,” Shrubb said. “As soon as we have completed negotiations on any deal that’s satisfactory for all stakeholders we will make an announcement.”
Mark Watson, the Argo Group chief executive, believes the Gold Cup will retain its Tour status.
“Bermuda is a fantastic sailing venue and let’s not forget that the America’s Cup organizing committee picked Bermuda as its venue,” he said. “So, it’s hard to imagine that we won’t have some sort of World Match Racing Tour event here in Bermuda, but it’s got to work for everyone.
“Things change and we need to recognize that when things change we might want to consider that. On the other hand, I don’t think we should feel pressured to change quickly because the reality is that this event has one of the longest histories in yacht racing.
“It’s one of the most prestigious regattas in yacht racing, and the sailors look forward to coming here because of the way it’s organized. The prize money is important. But there’s a whole lot of reasons that professional sailors come here so we need to think about all those things.”
Watson added: “We have talked about keeping tradition in mind when making decisions about the event going forward and the reality is it’s a business. Professional yacht racing is a business and people are going to follow the money, too.
“We need to make the right decisions for the event for the long term — but that’s really up the organizing committee.”
We opened our Youtube digest this morning and saw this video pop up, and it took our breath away. Not because it’s great – though it is – but because it’s the sailing media’s version of a unicorn: An AC promo that doesn’t suck! When we did some digging, we found out why: Rather than the budget-cut shit from the AC media folks that occasionally floats across a Facebook timeline, this one comes from Don Wilson and his CMRC team, and they tapped the talents of the overall 2015 Volvo Ocean Race OBR winner Matt Knighton to produce it.
It’s a sign that Chicago won’t let the incompetence of the ACEA get in the way of what we predict will be the shining gem in the otherwise snoozy and unfollowed ACWS; the 2016 qualifiers in Chicago. Wilson doesn’t fuck around, and neither does his crew – now they just need to pray for a big June wind.
When the ACWS inevitably disappears, we’re glad to know that Chicago has seen the sowing of the seeds of its high-performance cat fleet…just don’t let Chris drive.
With a dismally light but gorgeously sunny forecast on the North Malastrand River, we can’t promise much excitement on day one of the double-points finale to the M32 Scandinavian Series in Stockholm. But the spectators will be out in force as US-One goes for its clean sweep of the 2015 series, and we’ve got plenty of interesting features to share with you as we wait for the wind to fill in. Check it out above, and go here for the preview story.
Superstar racing commentator Mr. Clean is BACK behind the microphone and the breeze is ON here in the Northlands as the M32 Cat fleet readies for 8 days of shit hot racing over the next 12. So if you didn’t get your fill from some other series in Sweden last week, rest assured: Sailing Anarchy and the M32 Series got your back with young, hotshot crews, real nationalistic battles, tons of lead changes, and the most tech-advanced sailing coverage you’ll see anywhere in the world from now until the 14th.
First up? Today’s LIVE RACING ACTION in the most northerly metropolis in the world; get to know the black-haired, blue-eyed beauties and sweet breeze of the 300 islands of Helsinki. It all begins LIVE at 1400 EET/1200 UTC/0800 New York/0500 Cali. Series standings here.
Enjoy the teaser, above.
In the series that’s quickly become a dry run for next year’s introduction of the multihull World Match Race Tour and the million dollar grand prize, Taylor Canfield’s US-One once again dominated the fleet in Copenhagen. With just a few months left until the 2016 Tour, it’s looking like young Tay-Tay is on the road to millionaire-dom . And despite the rout, the racing is getting more and more fun to watch. Here’s the highlights package from our friends at RedhandedTV.
An army of Vikings has one thing on their collective minds: Let’s get Taylor. Can Canfield’s US-One continue to dominate the M32 Scandi Series as learning the boat begins to get really important? Watch here from 0730 EDT Thursday. Schedule, teams, program all over here. Title play on the other Copenhagen.
Rather than charging a small fortune to watch an hour of racing on an iPhone screen like some regattas seem to favor, the M32 folks are spending a small fortune to grow the sport, grow the competition, and increase the opportunities for sailors to excel They’re the M32 Series, and they’ve got four days of ultra-hot live racing action for you from Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s free, it’s live, and they’ve got onboard cameras, a rocketship of a beach cat, and a cast of athletic young studs. With 2-time Match Race World Champ Simon Shaw on the microphone, give yourself some time to enjoy this one from Thursday to Sunday on Livestream and right here on the front page. Here’s the preview.
Who says beach cats can’t race offshore? Randy Miller’s M32 catamaran horizoned the 100-ish NM Santa Barbara to King Harbor fleet this weekend, beating the well-known F40 cat Afterburner by almost three hours and the first monohull – a TP52 – by almost two and a half. Here’s Randy’s report, from the thread.
We deployed our gennaker right from the start and that kept us moving through the glass at 6-8kts but at least 15 degrees lower than most everyone else. We made two short miserable tacks back to the fleet through about 120 degrees and then made up our minds that we needed to just keep the boat moving down the course, sail our own race, and that patience and perseverance would win the day. Credit to our most excellent navigator. So we followed the beach with the gennaker up trying to sail as tight as we could without parking the boat and waiting for the pressure to build and clock North. It finally happened at around 14:30. The wind began filling in and clocking North and we got lifted right up to the West end of Anacapa doing 12-15kts close reaching in the light but building breeze.
Near Anacapa we saw a ton of wildlife. Several whales, a large pod of dolphins, seals jumping out of the water, big fish jumping out of the water. All very cool to see.
On the back side of Anacapa the wind was steady and mostly West with still some South I think so no lee off of Santa Cruz Island. We bore away around Anacapa but stayed on Starboard for another 45 minutes making 17-18kts with great VMG towards King Harbor. Then we gybed in for Malibu and slowly accelerated up to 20-22kts. We had to gybe twice to clear a freighter in the channel but kept on building speed until we blasted by Pt Dume doing 24-25kts.
From Pt. Dume we had just about a perfect layline all the way into King Harbor that allowed us to come up at the end into the fading breeze to keep the speed on all the way to the bell buoy.
Even with 150lbs of extra safety gear and a painful start, we kept the boat moving and had a blast sailing 97.7 miles at an average speed through the water of 13.4kts. We had a great crew that sailed well and stayed focused for the whole day. This after 3 straight days of loading, and trailering, and building, and launching, and staging vehicles and driving around LA. What a mission! Thanks guys.
This was my first mid-distance race on the boat and it was a fantastic experience. I can’t wait to do more. Hopefully the ORCA guys didn’t mind us playing in their sandbox. Thank you ORCA for helping me satisfy the safety requirements for the race. Santa Barbara and the whole coast and waters were absolutely beautiful.
The only negative was getting a call from the race committee this morning delivering the infuriating news that one of the TP52s (guess which one) lodged a protest against us saying they were “sure [I] didn’t complete the proper course in the Santa Barbara race and should withdraw.” And that I “should have rounded Anacapa Island.”
I replied by providing my GPS track. This satisfied the race committee but not these guys because according to them, “not one person in the fleet saw [us] round Anacapa Island.” Apparently, the mind cannot comprehend that inshore and in coastal waters an M32 beach cat crushes a TP52 lead mine all day long.
Despite the annoyance of managing the protest today I still managed to take my wife, uncle, and 93-year-old grandpa for a joyride out of Marina Del Rey and get down to King Harbor for the party and to pick up my winning silver octopus cupcake stand trophy. Good times!
Björn Hansen and his Nautiska Racing Team once-again cemented his dominance over the World Match Race Tour fleet in Marstrand – the recent Sweden Match Cup Hall of Fame (yep, there is such a thing) inductee and the man known as “the Master of Marstand” swept Ian Williams to take his fifth Marstrand title on the 4th of July. With the 2016 Tour headed to the young man’s game that is the M32 catamaran, Hansen relished what will likely be his last win on the circuit.
In far bigger news, M32 builder Håkan Svensson announced on Friday that the winner of the 2016 Tour will be decided not in Malaysia but in Marstrand, and that said winning team of a truncated season will take home a shocking $1 million dollar prize – that’s over and above the usual event prize purse. In a sport where prize money is almost unheard of, a million clams is certainly an eye-opener, and signals the seriousness with which the new owner of the Tour is approaching his vision for the future. Taking Svensson at his word, this would be the biggest cash prize in the history of the sport, and if this doesn’t ignite what was, until this week, the least relevant series in the sport, nothing will.
The WMRT isn’t the first organizer to throw the M word around; Tracey Edwards tried it before with disastrous consequences. But despite the Tour’s previously shaky cash flow, we don’t see the 2016 champ waiting long for their check now that the new Tour owner is involved. Having gotten to know the Swedish entrepreneur well over the years we’ve covered his forays into the sport, we’ve learned that the man doesn’t think small, and he doesn’t think short-term, and he’d sooner lose his home than be known as someone who doesn’t pay his debts. Prospective millionaire cat skippers: It’s time to make the call.
In the above video, Nic Douglass chatted with the Stena Match Cup finalists at the end of the day, and her video has pretty much everything you need to know about the final time we’ll see professional match racing in quarter-century old modified Scandinavian cruising yachts.
Marstrand, Sweden (July 3, 2015) The ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour today announced the biggest ever prize purse in the history of the sport, a staggering US $1 million cash bonus to be awarded to the ISAF Match Racing World Champion from 2016. The announcement follows last week’s news of Swedish Company Aston Harald AB acquiring the World Tour.
The World Match Racing Tour is the longest running global professional sailing series, now in it’s 16th consecutive season with 19 global events including seven World Championship events.
A press conference was held by the World Match Racing Tour and Aston Harald AB on the island of Marstrand, venue of this week’s Stena Match Cup Sweden event as part of the World Tour. The new owner of the World Match Racing Tour and CEO of Aston Harald AB, Håkan Svensson commented:
“We are committed to creating a strong and financially rewarding career path for professional sailors on the World Match Racing Tour. The US $1 million bonus will hopefully encourage skippers and teams to compete on the Tour at the highest level of racing.”
A further announcement made at today’s press conference was that the final event of the World Match Racing Tour will return to the island of Marstrand, Sweden from 2016. The current 2015 Tour season will finish at the Monsoon Cup, Malaysia at the end of January 2016, after which there will be a short season created for the 2016 World Championship to conclude in Sweden in late June/ early July.
“The World Match Racing Tour has previously finished at Marstrand until 2004 when the final was moved to Malaysia,” added James Pleasance, WMRT Executive Director. “However the Stena Match Cup Sweden has always been a flagship event of the World Tour and therefore it is fitting to move the Finals back to Marstrand again.”
In addition to the Championship final moving to Marstrand in 2016, it was also announced the 2016 Stena Match Cup Sweden will be sailed in M32 multihulls, replacing the highly popular but now aging DS37. This is the first World Match Racing Tour event to be announced to be sailed in M32 multihulls since Aston Harald’s acquisition of the Tour.
Further details about the 2016 World Match Racing season will be announced over the next few months.
About Aston Harald AB
Aston Harald AB is a private company located on the island of Hönö outside Gothenburg, Sweden. The company owns and manages the M32 Series, a racing circuit for the M32 catamaran with events currently in the USA and Europe.
Aston Harald Composite AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aston Harald AB owns and manufacturers the M32, a 9.68m carbon fibre racing catamaran designed by Göran Marström and Kåre Ljung. The company has its production facilities also located on the island of Hönö.
About the World Match Racing Tour
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the world’s longest running professional sailing series featuring over 20 events annually across the globe. WMRT is also sanctioned and recognised by ISAF (International Sailing Federation) and has been awarded with an ISAF “Special Event” status.
The World Match Racing Tour awards over US$1.3 million in prize money with points awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Former champions and event winners include some of sailing’s most famous names such as Russell Coutts, James Spithill, Sir Ben Ainslie, Terry Hutchinson, Peter Gilmour, Ed Baird, Magnus Holmberg, Ken Read, Ian Williams and Taylor Canfield.
Events take place in iconic stadium style venues, which attract thousands of spectators to watch the racing close to shore. Identical racing yachts are supplied to teams at each event requiring the skippers to adapt to the conditions and style of yacht at each event.
The World Match Racing Tour works closely with its media partner, IMG Media, the world’s largest distributor of sports and entertainment programming, to distribute live and highlights coverage of events to over 183 countries across 55 broadcasters worldwide.
London, UK (June 25, 2015) – The World Match Racing Tour has been purchased by Aston Harald, manufacturer of the M32 racing catamaran and organiser of the M32 Series. Aston Harald will take over the operations of the Tour from July 1. The acquisition marks a major step forward for the ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour, as Aston Harald also announced plans to construct a series of identical M32 catamarans to be based in the USA, Europe and Asia to be used at future World Match Racing Tour events. Click headline for full report.
We’re extremely excited to announce that the longtime SA supporters and advertisers at Aston Harald, the builder of the M32 (née Marstrom 32) racing cat, have closed on the purchase of the World Match Racing Tour this week, and in 2016, the Tour will go either mostly or entirely multihull in three 8-boat fleets of identical M32s to be transported to WMRT venues around the world. Fleet racing will become a part of the events, as will an entirely new prize money structure – basically, Aston Harald founder and longtime sailing sponsor Hakan Svensson (ex-Berg Propulsion CEO and Puma/Mar Mostro sponsor) wants to use the M32 as a modern platform to provide younger sailors with the pathway to top-level pro racing that doesn’t exist today.
In some ways, the WMRT will go back to basics, regaining its stature as the feeder that it was back in the IACC days. In other ways, it’s an entirely new day with an entirely new vision, and we’re proud to have been around to help the wonderful Goran Marstrom put the rig up on the first-ever M32 in Miami, 2012.
There’s even more exciting news to come about the revamped WMRT during a press conference next Wednesday at the Stena Match Cup Sweden; it’ll be streamed live. And keep your eyes out for more full-noise action at the next M32 Scandinavian Series in Copenhagen in August.
The rendering of Valhalla ( Svensson’s new M32) shows that the Viking spirit is still alive and well in the Western isles of Sweden. If you’ve been itching to go live in the land of a million perfect blondes and you know carbon fiber, they’re hiring…
Got questions or wanna read the full release? Here.
M32 Hydra Sailing went from 12 knots to zero in less than a second yesterday on the penultimate day of the M32 Scandie Series in Gothenburg, proving yet again that even the most space-age autoclaved carbon fiber is no match for a big piece of steel. You can see the highlights from a day of light-air racing here, but if you really want entertainment, stand by for the final day of action, coming at 1400 CET today. 20 knots of cold breeze is pumping up the river and the final four/double-points format means it ain’t over til the hot blonde Swedish girl sings.
I did my part last night to keep things interesting on the course today, topping up the dominant US-One team’s champagne glasses until daybreak at the hottest club in town. Will a hangover make a difference to the results? Only one way to find out. Swedish AC and match race legend Magnus Holmberg will join me in the booth for the day’s call; click ‘play’ above and enjoy.
Two more days of tight M32 Series cat racing coming at you from Gothenburg with Niklaus Dackhammer inching closer to the boys in camo blue on US-One; get jiggy with Clean starting @ 1400 CET/0800 EST today.
With the winner of the Volvo already decided (and a hearty congrats to the ADOR boys from us), the Gothenburg finish of the VOR – or the racing portion of it, anyway – just got a whole let less interesting. Fortunately, the M32 cats are here to spice up Sweden’s ‘second city’, and we’ve got three days of river racing action coming at you starting at 1400 CET/0800 EST/0500 PST. Will US-One continue the dominance they showed in Oslo? Will the Swedes defend their home turf? Or will Jes and Ros and the Danes throw a Scandinavian wrench into it?
Watch live right here, and go to the M32 Facebook Page for photo and text updates.
There’s some great banter up and down the docks on a sunny, gorgeous day in Norway, and Taylor Canfield’s US-One has finally got their shit sorted out. They’re chasing down Jes Gram-Hansen’s Trifork team, just one point out of the lead. The super-short course format is exciting, the breeze is a perfect 10-12 knots, and if we’re going by the last two days, we should see some crashes, some near-capsizes, and maybe a swimmer or two amongst the constant lead changes of a competitive “Super Beach Cat” fleet. Watch it all live from 1400 CET/0800 EST, or replay to your heart’s content. Morning dock walk here.
With five different boats winning the first five races of the M32 Series opener in Oslo, calling the racing ‘tight’ is something of an understatement. The one boat off the pace is first-time M32 competitor Eivind Melleby’s Team Hydra from Norway, and here’s a shot showing their form on a puffy day in the Oslo Fjord. The M32 proved its beach cat heritage accurate – Melleby’s team was upright and racing 15 minutes after their tip.
Thursday’s highlight reel is here, and the full replay of the live footage is here. Stay tuned to the front page for today’s racing, beginning at 1400 CET/0800 EST with Clean on the mike. Photo credit Henrik Ljungqvist/M32Series.
20 knots and double reefs and a guarantee of spray, chaos, and maybe even a capsize or two from the M32 Series in Oslo. Live from 1400 local/0800 EST…in other words, NOW.
7 sexy M32 (née Marstrom 32) cats including Taylor Canfield’s US-One are on the line in gorgeous Oslo this week for the first event in the M32 Racing Series. With a mixed forecast of light air today and big air the rest of the week, there should be plenty of high-speed shenanigans amongst this america’s cup, VOR, and olympic-laden fleet. Our own Mr. Clean’s on the microphone for 3 hours of live coverage each day from 1400-1700 local time (0800-1100 EST); check back on this page for the player as soon as we have it.
Now in its 51st year, the Congressional Cup in Long Beach, CA on May 13-17 was the first World Championship event for the 2015-16 World Match Racing Tour. Taylor Canfield (ISV) and his US One Sailing Team successfully defended their title this year, but rather than focus solely on the tour events to seek the World Championship title, the 26-year old Canfield and his team have different plans.
Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck caught up with Taylor after his win…
What were your expectations at the Congressional Cup?
Being the defending Congressional Cup champion, there might have been a bit of added pressure this year, but we were also eager to compete and enjoy what really is a special event. We didn’t think about it, to be honest, and just approached it as another race.
However, we recognized coming into it that we had not been match racing as a team since early February at the Monsoon Cup, so we expected there to be a bit of rust. Our plan was to remain patient early and seek to improve, and then hope we were still standing at the end of the five day event. We were behind in a lot of races, so the team really had to work hard to get what we got. No doubt we are super happy how well it went.
You appear to have mastered the Congressional Cup boat.
The Catalina 37 is a handful, not so much because of it being 37-feet, but it is just a lot of boat for six people. It definitely feels like a lot of boat. Big headsails and dip-pole gybes require more effort, and the boats themselves are heavy and require more focus to keep them moving.
Being short-handed, particularly when it gets windy like it can at Congressional Cup, and considering all the maneuvering we do in match racing, it is all adds up to some long days. But I have faith that in whatever I do that my team will react in time. Some of us on the team have been together now for a few years, so we have developed a good chemistry. They now expect what my next move will be, which sets them up for what is needed.
Explain your plan for the 2015 season.
We chose not to make the financial investment to acquire a Tour Card for the World Match Racing Tour, which gives each card holder entrance to all the World Championship Tour events. This year we are looking to diversify our sailing and make the best choices for the whole team. For sure we are looking at how the America’s Cup is now in multihulls, and this season our team was given the opportunity to compete on the M32 catamaran circuit.
So we jumped on that, which is going to make it tough for us to get to all the Tour events. We are going to be spending a lot of time in Scandinavia this summer with the catamaran sailing. But I still love the match racing, having won the World title in 2014 and finished second this past season, and will continue to keep at it as much as I can. I hope to remain connected with the Tour in the future, but for now, it’s tough to balance it all on a relatively low budget.
We are doing what we can, and hopefully the time and funding will be there to get to all the events that we can. Our objective is to be doing whatever it takes to get us closer to the America’s Cup, and right now it is a massive advantage to stay involved with both match racing and catamaran racing.
But without the Tour Card, we will be relying on gaining wild card invitations from the individual tour events. Since our plan isn’t to be doing too many match race events, it will be essential to post good results. It remains vital to maintain our high ISAF ranking (currently #2), as that will help gain the wild card invites. If our ranking slips too far, we risk losing the chance to get invited at all.
We have a great group of guys that are committed to the US One Sailing Team, but it will be an interesting year to see how it all balances out between the Tour, the M32 racing, and the additional professional sailing opportunities the entire team is involved in.
US One is competing in the first stop of the five event M32 Scandinavian Series, which is in Oslo, Norway on May 21-24. I will be there along with Hayden Goodrick and Garth Ellingham, who were alongside me at the Congressional Cup, and Ricky McGarvie who finished third with Ian Williams at the Congressional Cup.
Any long range goals?
It is definitely one of my goals in my life to compete in the America’s Cup, whether that is with my own syndicate at some point or joining another team. This certainly depends on timing and the future of the America’s Cup, so for now we are just enjoying the process and getting involved in different parts of the sport to get as good as we can. We are just doing what we can to prepare for that moment.
Skipper Taylor Canfield and the US One Team share the M32 sailing experience on Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL.