World Match Racing Tour

Professional sailing series

Founded in 1999, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the world’s leading professional sailing series featuring world class sailors and Olympic champions at events around the globe. WMRT is officially sanctioned with ‘Special Event’ status by World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport.


The event

In July 2015, Swedish company Aston Harald AB acquired the ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour. The acquisition marks a major step forward for the World Match Racing Tour with the introduction of the one-design M32 high-performance catamarans.

Each stage or World Championship Event now takes place in identically supplied one-design M32 high-performance catamarans to place the focus on teamwork and skill. The nature of sport with close to shore action, intense tactical skills and live analysis offers host cities an excellent opportunity to present themselves positively to a global audience.

New World Championship Events will now offer a total of US$200,000 in prize money at each event and will award points at 12 stages culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match Racing World Champion” in Marstrand. The final prize purse for the championship will include a US$1,000,000 for the winner in the Championship.

World Match Racing Tour works alongside media partner, IMG, a global sports and entertainment agency, to distribute highlights coverage reaching over 20 key markets via international broadcasters and digital media platforms worldwide.