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Björn Hansen and his Nautiska Racing Team once-again cemented his dominance over the World Match Race Tour fleet in Marstrand – the recent Sweden Match Cup Hall of Fame (yep, there is such a thing) inductee and the man known as “the Master of Marstand” swept Ian Williams to take his fifth Marstrand title on the 4th of July.  With the 2016 Tour headed to the young man’s game that is the M32 catamaran, Hansen relished what will likely be his last win on the circuit.

In far bigger news, M32 builder Håkan Svensson announced on Friday that the winner of the 2016 Tour will be decided not in Malaysia but in Marstrand, and that said winning team of a truncated season will take home a shocking $1 million dollar prize – that’s over and above the usual event prize purse.  In a sport where prize money is almost unheard of, a million clams is certainly an eye-opener, and signals the seriousness with which the new owner of the Tour is approaching his vision for the future.  Taking Svensson at his word, this would be the biggest cash prize in the history of the sport, and if this doesn’t ignite what was, until this week, the least relevant series in the sport, nothing will.

The WMRT isn’t the first organizer to throw the M word around; Tracey Edwards tried it before with disastrous consequences. But despite the Tour’s previously shaky cash flow, we don’t see the 2016 champ waiting long for their check now that the new Tour owner is involved.  Having gotten to know the Swedish entrepreneur well over the years we’ve covered his forays into the sport, we’ve learned that the man doesn’t think small, and he doesn’t think short-term, and he’d sooner lose his home than be known as someone who doesn’t pay his debts.  Prospective millionaire cat skippers: It’s time to make the call.

In the above video, Nic Douglass chatted with the Stena Match Cup finalists at the end of the day, and her video has pretty much everything you need to know about the final time we’ll see professional match racing in quarter-century old modified Scandinavian cruising yachts.

 

July 5th, 2015 by admin

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Mr. Clean’s final dock walk of the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race is a doozie.  The king of Spain, the princess of Sweden, and plenty of last minute inside knowledge of the boats, the crews and what’s to play for on what is likely a very light air race in the land of the Vikings.  Shot by the legend, Petey Crawford.

 

June 27th, 2015 by admin

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Big Ben Ainslie popped over to Gothenburg for a short break from the business of foiling to receive the Mange Olsson Award (and give two more out to a pair of standout junior sailors), and we grabbed him to catch up on his new sponsorship deal, on Bermuda’s status as ‘home turf’ for Land Rover Team BAR, on multihulls and the next generation of sailing, and much, much more.  Always a great chat with Sir Ben, and keep your eyes on this page for more interviews from the last day of the #volvooceanrace.

 

June 27th, 2015 by admin

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We’re extremely excited to announce that the longtime SA supporters and advertisers at Aston Harald, the builder of the M32 (née Marstrom 32) racing cat, have closed on the purchase of the World Match Racing Tour this week, and in 2016, the Tour will go either mostly or entirely multihull in three 8-boat fleets of identical M32s to be transported to WMRT venues around the world.  Fleet racing will become a part of the events, as will an entirely new prize money structure – basically, Aston Harald founder and longtime sailing sponsor Hakan Svensson (ex-Berg Propulsion CEO and Puma/Mar Mostro sponsor) wants to use the M32 as a modern platform to provide younger sailors with the pathway to top-level pro racing that doesn’t exist today.

In some ways, the WMRT will go back to basics, regaining its stature as the feeder that it was back in the IACC days.  In other ways, it’s an entirely new day with an entirely new vision, and we’re proud to have been around to help the wonderful Goran Marstrom put the rig up on the first-ever M32 in Miami, 2012.

There’s even more exciting news to come about the revamped WMRT during a press conference next Wednesday at the Stena Match Cup Sweden; it’ll be streamed live.  And keep your eyes out for more full-noise action at the next M32 Scandinavian Series in Copenhagen in August.

The rendering of Valhalla ( Svensson’s new M32) shows that the Viking spirit is still alive and well in the Western isles of Sweden. If you’ve been itching to go live in the land of a million perfect blondes and you know carbon fiber, they’re hiring…

Got questions or wanna read the full release?  Here.

June 25th, 2015 by admin

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As the M32 Series live TV commentator and the voice on the carnage-filled highlight reel above, I accept that I am a little biased.  But in my opinion, this video (and the live coverage of the final day of racing that it is pulled from) was some of the most interesting and exciting racing I’ve seen in a long, long time.

It’s easy to be invigorated at an event like this: Between the decidedly youthful flavor of the M32 fleet, the genetic deliciousness of Swedish women, the absolute love for the sea and sailing that so many Swedes seem to have, and the excellent turnout for an event that’s just barely off the ground, I’m on cloud nine, and I can’t wait for the rest of the season.

Equally impressive is the vision that former Berg Propulsion CEO and owner Hakan Svensson has for the M32, and we’ll have some surprising and interesting announcements from them later in the week.  In the meantime, you can relive the Gothenburg event with the video above, and the links below.

Team Essiq Crash and MOB (slow-mo)

Team Trifork Capsize (3-angle)

Day 3 Wrap

Day 2 Wrap

Day 1 Wrap

Full Race Replay – Day 4

Full Race Replay – Day 3

Full Race Replay – Day 2

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Interview: Goran Marstrom and Kare Lung (Creator and Designer of M32)

 

June 16th, 2015 by admin

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There’s plenty of breeze today for the WMRT semi-finals, in huge contrast to yesterday’s ultra-light conditions, which saw Simon Minoprio eliminated, leaving not a single one of the top four WMRT skippers in the event. Today Keith Swinton takes on Phil Robertson, while Simon Ferrarese will try to get past Bjorn Hansen. Two more days of live World Match Racing from Sweden, and here are your semifinals.

July 4th, 2013 by admin

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