Chicago Waterfront Provides Stage For World Class Match Racing

Chicago Waterfront Provides Stage For World Class Match Racing

Starting Wednesday, the world’s top sailing talent will begin a five-day battle of high-intensity match racing for the right to claim the Chicago Match Cup, Stage 4 and the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). A total of $75,000 in prize money is at stake, as well as valuable points on the World Championship year-long series.

The action will begin at 0930 CDT with the start of Qualifying among 12 teams from nine nations. From this stage four teams will advance to the Quarter Finals, with the remaining four slots filled from the results of the Repechage held among the remaining eight teams. Race management is being led by PRO Darcy Cook of the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC).

Courses will be set near the north entrance of Belmont Harbor, site of CMRC’s operations base, and within easy shore side access for spectators. Earlier today, CBS Chicago caught up with defending Chicago Match Cup champion Taylor Canfield (ISV), and Olympic Gold medallist Tom Slingsby and his team from Australia as they were practicing on the Lake:

Alpari World Match Racing Tour
Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Follow all the action from the Chicago Match Cup via the following channels;

1) Facebook: - behind the scenes updates, news updates, round up race updates, images of the day, etc. Similar content offered at

2) Twitter: @worldmrt - tweet feeds about the regatta in general, newslink to articles, etc. Also @wmrt_liverace will provide flight-by-flight updates, more of a commentary feed about the races. Similar content also tweeted from @matchracecenter.

3) An image gallery from event photographer Ian Roman for the AWMRT will be available at and will be streaming images at

4) CMRC will also have a media gallery available at, with media only access via user name media2014 and password media2014.

5) A CMRC YouTube Channel is available at, and a WMRT YouTube Channel may also have new content at

Media contacts: Dobbs Davis,, and Laura Muma,

For more information about the Chicago Match Cup, visit

For more information about the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, visit

Stage 4 Chicago Match Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team
Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX
Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing
Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team
Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox
Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing
Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center
Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby

2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Calendar
Stage 1: 5-9 June Match Race Germany, Langenargen, Germany
Stage 2: 30 June-5 July Stena Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand, Sweden
Stage 3: 31 July-3 August Sopot Match Race, Sopot, Poland
Stage 4: 17-21 September Chicago Match Cup, Chicago, USA
Stage 5: 24 - 28 September Dutch Match Cup, Lelystad, Holland
Stage 6: 21-26 October Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, Bermuda
Stage 7: 25-29 November Monsoon Cup, Malaysia* (to be confirmed)
Note: dates denote scheduled race days

2014 Tour Card Holders
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team
Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa
David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour


About the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

The Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) is the leading professional sailing series featuring six World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status.

The Alpari World Match Racing Tour awards over US$1.4 million in prize money with points awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match Racing World Champion”. The prize fund includes a US$500,000 overall Tour Bonus for the top teams in the Championship.

Events take place in identically supplied racing yachts to place the focus on teamwork and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore so that spectators and fans can follow the racing in a virtual on-the-water stadium.

Media and television highlights coverage reaches in excess of 183 countries across 51 broadcasters around the world. International television distribution is managed by global sports and entertainment agency IMG. For more information, visit

About Alpari

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