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#wmrt – The World Match Racing Tour sees a new expanded schedule for the 2015/16 Season. The tour now consists of two levels of competition. Along with the usual 7 World Championship events the tour now includes a number of smaller competitions which are scored at half points but count towards the overall World Match Racing Tour Standings. Howth sailors Shane Diviney and Scott Flanigan have been competing in the first three regattas of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour season. It's another Irish dimension the tour that already sees Cork Match Racer Philip Bendon contest World Match Racing Tour on the Hamble.
Having narrowly missed out on selection for a tour card Diviney and the 36 Below Racing Team, with skipper Chris Steele of New Zealand headed to Long Beach California to compete in the Ficker Cup in early May. The event was a qualifier for the prestigious Congressional Cup to be held the following week. With the top two teams from the Ficker Cup qualifying for the Congressional Cup the objective was clear. The eight teams completed a double round robin in the fleet of evenly matched Catalina 37's. After two days of racing 36 Below Racing came out on top of the qualifying series only losing 2 of their 14 matches. They went on to win their semi-final 2-0. With a berth in the Final awaiting the team were relieved to be assured at least a top two finish and an entry to the Congressional Cup. The final saw the team come up against the local favourite Dustin Durant and his Long Beach Match Racing Team. Their experience in the Catalina 37's was not enough to overcome Steele and his 36 Below Racing team and they went on the win the finals 2-0 and take the Ficker Cup.
The Congressional Cup saw a big step up in the level of competition with most of the World's Top Match racers in attendance, including current World champion Ian Williams and defending Congressional Cup champion, Taylor Canfield. Racing was held just off the end of Long Beach Pier which attracted a big crowd of spectators each day. 36 Below Racing had a strong start to the regatta winning 4 from 5 on the first day of racing. They went on the finish the round robin in 6th position with a record of 6-5 which guaranteed them a spot in the quarter finals. The team came up against fellow Kiwi Phil Robertson in the quarterfinal. Phil sailed three perfect races to take the series 3-0. Although disappointed not to make the semi-finals the team were pleased with their performance in a competitive field. The event was eventually won by Taylor Canfield who beat Robertson 2-1 in a close final.
The World Match Racing Tour then moved to Langenargen, Germany with Scott Flanigan and Shane Diviney joining Mark Lees and his team from the U.K who received a wild card entry to the event. The regatta is known for its light and shifty race course making it extremely challenging to get the heavy Bavaria 40's around the course. The team made an impressive start to their first World Match Racing Tour event with a strong showing in the round robin with a score of 6-5. This left them in 6th place and gave them a spot in the quarter finals. They came up against the very experienced team of Eric Monin and his crew from Switzerland. Monin's experience prevailed as he did a better job of keeping the boat moving around the very light race track to take the series 3-0 in front of a spectator packed lake front. He went on to take second place at the regatta. The team were satisfied with their showing and finished a very credible 6th place.
It is only the beginning of a very busy season for both teams as they prepare to compete in a number of international regattas over the coming months.

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#2K – Eight teams from Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland gathered at the Reale Club Tevere Remo, Rome for the first 2K tour event of 2015. Two days of intense round robin racing saw a three way tie break at the top between Cork, YYCS and Spinnaker.

The final day on Sunday started with rain and no wind but PRO Constanzo Villa managed to get in 4 of the critical race to complete the round robin. The final saw last year's runner up Royal Cork face YCCS. It was the Italians who emerged as winners in a sun drenched final.

Final Results
1st Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
2nd Royal Cork
3rd Spinnaker
4th Dutch Match and Team Racing Association
5th Rome Racing Team
6th Royal Thames
7th Serpentine racing
8th Bavaria Yacht Club

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#MatchRacing - Ireland's Diana Kissane will skipper a team in the upcoming Women's International Match Racing Series, how entering its third year of competition.

The Howth Yact Club match racer leads one of the 20 teams already confirmed for the new season, which kicks off 47 days from now at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing Worlds in Middelfart, Denmark from 8-12 July.

That will be followed by the Lysekil Women’s Match in Sweden on 3-8 August, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan on 16-20 September, and the Busan Cup in South Korea from 28 October to 1 November.

But first things first, Danish skipper Camilla Ulrikkeholm will be looking to avenge her team's loss to Anna Östling (neé Kjellberg) at the 2014 ISAF Match Racing Worlds in Cork Harbour last June.

“We are never in it not to win it. We will fight for every win this year, as every year,” says Ulrikkeholm, who will have the advantage of home waters for the WIM Series kickoff.

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#worldmatchracing – Cork Match Racer Philip Bendon and his team will take on the rising stars of this sailing discipline when the International Sailing Federation's World Match Racing Tour comes to the Hamble in the UK on June 14. Bendon shot to fame when he won the European Match U23 Racing title on Lake Constance in Germany in 2013.

Bendon has since moved up the world rankings substantially from 46 in 2014 to 30 this year but will however meet some red hot talent on the Solent next month.

Just a year ago, GBR's Ian Williams lay second in the ISAF Open rankings. Now he is World Champion both as No.1 in the rankings and the five times winner of the World Match Racing Tour. Ian is top ranked at the Royal Southern Match Cup to be held from 10 to 14 June at Hamble, the first ever World Match Racing Tour event in the UK, and he will be taking on some of the fastest rising stars on the match racing circuit, racing in a fleet of J/80s.

It was also only a year ago that Chris Steele (NZL) was lying 23rd and now he is 11th having already won the Warren Jones Invitational Youth Regatta in Perth and the Oceania final of the ISAF Nations Cup this year.

Matthew Jerwood (AUS) has also shot up the leaderboard going from 150th place to 32nd in the space of 12 months and he is now the reigning Australian champion.

Christian Tang (DEN) has also risen more than 100 places in the last year and comes from the Match Cup Qualifier in Ploen, Germany, with a near perfect score.

Royal Southern Academy Member Annabel Vose (GBR) may be the only girl on the entry list, but she too has risen more than 100 places in the last year and has taken many male scalps to be crowned the RYA Match Racing Youth Champion.

Mark Lees, Connor Miller and Matt Reid, all GBR, and Bendon (IRL) have also all moved substantially up the rankings while Lucasz Wozinski from Poland has climbed nearly 200 places to 86th.

Karen Henderson-Williams, Vice Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, and former Royal Southern Academy Chairman commented:

"This year's entry list more than fulfils our objective - to bring some of the World's best to Hamble so that our own young sailors can compete against them at home.

"We also have a truly cosmopolitan complement of International Umpires from Croatia, Australia, Italy and UK as we become an official event of the World Match Racing Tour for the first time."

The final line-up of skippers taking part in the 2015 Royal Southern Match Cup are:

Skippers

Ian Williams/GBR
Chris Steele/NZL
Mark Lees/GBR
Philip Bendon/IRL
Matthew Jerwood/AUS
Christian Tang/DEN
Connor Miller/GBR
Annabel Vose/GBR
Lucasz Wozinski/POL
Matthew Reid/GBR

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#matchrace – Thirteen teams from eleven nations will compete in the Open series at Howth Yacht Club this week with Ireland represented by experienced match-racer Marty O'Leary and his team - no strangers to Howth waters, having competed here in the Irish Match Racing Championships back in December.

Overseen by the 11 competing European nations, the 2015 ISAF Nation's Cup European Finals in conjunction with McPeake Auctioneers was officially opened by Fingal Mayor Mags Murray in Howth on Wednesday evening. The Mayor wished for fair winds for the sailors and encouraged all involved in this major match-racing championships to enjoy Howth, describing it as 'the jewel of Fingal' with its spectacular coastline and warm and inviting local hospitality.

The Women's championships will be a very competitive event with 5 countries taking part including two Irish teams led by 'youthful veterans' Diana Kissane and Mary O'Loughlin. The Nation's Cup will be a family affair for the Kissanes, as Diana's father Richard (Rear Commodore of HYC) is also chairman of this event.

The umpire and judging team is drawn from five different countries, headed up by French 'Chief Umpire' Thibaut Gridel and also including Kinsale and ISA Sailfleet's own Michael O'Connor. The championships will be sailed in the eight J80s and racing will be managed by Howth Past Commodore, International Race Officer and ISA President David Lovegrove.

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#matchrace – London Olympic sailor Scott Flanigan of Howth Yacht Club was sailing with the Great British Match Racing Team again at the weekend and won the Scarlino Grade 3 match race event, beating world number 17 Tomislav Basic in the final race to take the event.

The win will see the team boosted into the Top 20 in the world rankings for the first time.

Flanigan is sailing with Mark Lees, Matt Haslam and James Hemmingway for the remainder of the season as they target a place on the World Match racing tour for the 2016/17 season.

The event took place in Club Nautico Scarlino, Italy and marked the start of the European match racing circuit. There was 9 teams from 5 nations competing.

A full round robin was completed in extremely wet and variable conditions over two days. Mark Lees' team won 7 of their 8 races, only dropping a race when their spinnaker halyard snapped. The final race against top seed Tomislav Basic from Croatia was the decider, with the GBR match racing team leaving their best sailing till last.

Cork's Philip Bendon was also competing in Antibes, France in another Grade 3 where he finished fourth.

Both teams will be vying for European places at the Nations Cup qualifier in Howth in early May, with the Grand Finals being held in Russia in July.

Team positions:

Mark Lees : Helm
Scott Flanigan: Mainsheet trimmer & tactician
Matt Haslam: Trimmer
James Hemmingway: Bowman

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#matchrace – The Notice of Race for the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing Match Racing World Championship set to be held in Swinoujscie, Poland from 15 – 19 September 2015 has been released.

Organised by the Polish Match Tour in conjunction with the Polish Yachting Association and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), this ISAF Grade W event will welcome 12 skippers racing in TOM28 boats.

In its second year following the successful 2014 inaugural edition (won by Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) the 2015 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship is open to competitors under 23 years old on 31 December 2015.

ISAF Member National Authorities may apply for an invitation for a skipper of their nationality by sending a completed entry form to ISAF no later than 30 April 2015. ISAF will inform MNAs and skippers if they will be issued with an invitation no later than 15 May 2015.

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#match–race – The much anticipated Irish Match Racing Open has been succesful writes Diana Kissane albeit strong winds on Sunday curtailed the running of a full programme. With 7 domestic teams and 3 UK entries the event attracted some of the top sailors of the British Isles including a host pf sailors competing on the premier mens and womens world tours, former and current national champions. An incredible 36 races were sailed on Saturday between dawn and dusk without a minute being wasted, with the fancied runners establishing a clear lead. With the lead boats all having raced each other, it was possible to obtain a clear result.

Competitors and officials enjoyed a sociable evening at the event dinner in the club last night with the raucous sing song being led by the umpiring team! Those with real stamina ventured onto Findlaters until the small hours. Despite the late night, all crews featured on Sunday morning and given the forecast, it was decided to attempt to run semi finals and finals.

Teams Lees, Vose, Grant and O'Leary went to sea to battle it out but after an hour or so returned with conditions having prevented the run-off.

The final standings were Mark Lees overall winner, Annabel Vose runner-up, third placed Graeme Grant the first Irish boat and Marty O'Leary a close 4th. A fantastic weekend all round!

There are plans in motion for open training sessions and mini reggattas to take place in January.

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#matchracing – Ireland's hosting of International Match racing events is set to to continue in 2015 with Howth Yacht Club's annuoncement that it will host the 2015 Nations Cup European Final on 7-10th May 2015. It follows the acclaimed 2014 staging of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship at Royal Cork Yacht Club

The Howth result follows a recent decent decision by ISAF to award the worldwide regional finals to Buenos Aires (South America), Brisbane (Oceania), San Diego (North America), Tunis (Africa), Bahrain (Asia) and Howth (Europe). The Grand Final will be held in Vladivostok on 14-19th July.

As per the Notice of Race, the ISAF host member national authority may nominate an entry in each of the Open and Women's Division.

The event will be run in the ISA Sailfleet J80s and the full schedule will be announced in due course.

The ISAF Nations Cup was first introduced to the world in 1991. Open and Women's contests are run and it is based on a series of Regional Finals with the top crews meeting at the Grand Final.

Racing at the Regional Finals is preceded by an ISAF Match Racing Clinic, aimed to help develop match racing skills and officiating in that region. The winners of each Regional Final progress to the Grand Final, where they are joined by the defending nation and the host nation.

All relevant information will be published and available on the ISAF website - sailing.org

The aim of the event is to broaden the availability of match racing and provide international match racing competition for national authorities and sailors at a reasonable cost, whilst acting as an incentive for national match racing programmes.

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#matchracing – In little over a fortnight Howth Yacht Club will host the Irish Match Racing Open bringing to a close a year that has seen reinvigorated participation in the discipline by Irish sailors.

Many of the female sailors who took part in June's Women's World Match Racing Championships in Cork have been active through the rest of the year at WIMRA events while in the men's division Philip Bendon and his Glenmar Match Racing Team made their debut on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour at the Dutch round in September and have reached an Irish high of 29th in the world rankings.

Several young Howth sailors have also spent time at the world renowned Chicago Match Racing Centre and their names have started to appear on crew lists at match racing events at the highest level. The recent establishment of match racing divisions in the top Irish sailing universities is yet another sign match racing is growing in popularity and participation.

The Irish Match Racing Open will take place on the 13th and 14th December and will bring together women's and men's teams from the World and European Tours in what is hoped will be the first of a series of domestic events in 2015 leading to the qualification of an Irish team for the Nations Cup and European Match Racing Finals. Entry is open until the 28th of November via the Howth Yacht Club events page. 

An open forum will be held on the evening of the 13th with the objective of identifying what the sailors want to get out of Irish match racing and how that may be helped to flourish. If you want to take part in match racing this is the place to make yourself known and heard.

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