World Sailing, the sport’s global governing body, has extended the Special Event status of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) through to 2028.
The announcement was made yesterday (Monday) following the conclusion of the 2018-19 WMRT Championship Final in Marstrand, Sweden last week. The Special Event Agreement, signed with EFB Group, who took over ownership of the WMRT in December, will see World Sailing work actively together with WMRT to promote the global tour.
Founded in 2000, the WMRT promotes match racing around the world and is the longest running global professional series in sailing. Over the next 10 years, World Sailing will work with WMRT collaboratively to promote the growth of match racing and the World Tour through various owned media channels, including social media and digital platforms, as well as extending the reach of the Tour through traditional media.
WMRT events will continue to be managed under World Sailing’s Racing Rules of Sailing and Regulations, with World Sailing international umpires appointed at each event.
In a joint statement, the two bodies said: “World Sailing and the WMRT are committed to the long-term development of match racing and will work in partnership to develop a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the pathways, universality, women’s participation and promotion of the top match racers around the world.”
World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 sets out the sport’s ambitious plans to make a contribution to global sustainability and the WMRT have committed to working towards aligning the World Tour and its events with the key principles.
Special Event status grants World Sailing recognition to competitions that may operate outside the formal guidelines of the sport. The WMRT is currently one of five World Sailing Special Events alongside SailGP, PWA World Tour, Star Sailors League and the Global Kitesports Association’s freestyle world tours.