Auckland to host the final of the 2022 World Sailing Women’s Match Racing Championships
by Billy Woodworth/RNZYS May 18 02:36 UTC
May 18, 2022
Doyle Sails Elliott 9 © Andrew Delves
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has confirmed that it will bring world-class sailing back to Auckland with the 2022 Women’s World Match Racing Championships, as the final event of the inaugural Women’s World Match Racing Tour, taking place on November 9 – 13, 2022.
The Women’s World Final will coincide with the Women’s Rugby World Championship hosted in New Zealand from October 8 to November 12, 2022.
The Women’s Match Racing World Championships will see 14 skippers invited to participate, including last year’s champion and world #1 Pauline Courtois and her Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team. It also means the 2022 New Zealand Women’s Match Racing Championship will also serve as a qualifier for a wildcard spot at this year’s World Championships.
“We can’t wait for the Women’s World Match Racing Championship to be held in Auckland and for the first-ever Women’s World Match Racing Tour to be decided in the Hauraki Gulf – it’s a great opportunity for women’s match racing neo teams. Zealanders to test themselves against the best in the world and learn from the best in the world,” says Laurie Jury, Sailing Director of RNZYS “It is also fantastic to be able to invite world-class sailing events like this into New Zealand waters, and we hope to see the Women’s World Match Racing Tour go from strength to strength in its first season.”
Match Racing is the same racing format as the America’s Cup, where two teams compete aboard the one-design fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats. once in a round robin, with the top 8 advancing to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and best-of-3 final to decide both the 2022 Women’s Match Racing World Champion, and the overall winner of the first Women’s World Match Racing Tour.
“We are delighted to support the launch of the Women’s World Match Racing Tour,” commented Liz Baylis, Executive Director of WIMRA. “The Tour is a fantastic opportunity for female sailors and will continue to build on the success of the WIM series. We look forward to working closely with the team at WMRT to help develop the Tour for the future.
Commenting on the announcement, WMRT Executive Director James Pleasance added: “We are delighted to launch the Women’s World Match Racing Tour today after several months of planning. Historically, opportunities have been limited for women in professional sailing and match racing – this new tour will provide a valuable platform and pathway for women to compete in their own championship series.
We now look forward to the top female sailors confirming they will be competing later this year in Auckland, and hope to see locals cheering on the New Zealand crews as they battle it out on their own water against world-class competition. .
See more information about the Womens World Match Racing Tour at womenswmrt.com