Posts Tagged ‘WMRT’
Dial-downs, slam dunks, lead changes, capsizes, and hot babes on the beach seemingly everywhere? Yeah, we’re cool with the new face of the previously ignored World Match Racing Tour. Will 6-time World Tour Champ Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar boys beat out 2014 M32 Series Scandinavia winner Hans Wallen and his WAR racing team? You’ll have to tune in to Clean and Shawzi on the microphones on finals day from Fremantle to find out.
March 6th, 2016 by admin
It is fascinatingly ironic that just a week after giving the boot to the guy hired to repair a horribly dysfunctional ISAF, the sport’s governing body announced with great fanfare their name change from ISAF to “World Sailing”. ISAF follows in the undistinguished footsteps of major companies forced to flee the putrid smell of their former names, though sailing’s sketchy ruler isn’t an innocent victim brand like “AYDS Diet Candy” or “Isis Chocolates”. We’d put ISAF’s motivation closer to lung cancer friendly Philip Morris’ transformation to “Altria”, world financial crisis enabler AIG’s to Chartis, or cable television horror show Comcast to Xfinity.
Former medal-winning sailor and now ISAF head propagandist Mal Page makes a valiant attempt to justify the move, but he never had a chance; you can sprinkle all the roses you want on a pile of bullshit, but there’s no getting rid of the smell – especially when it still smells like Brazilian feces.
In the meantime, a well-proven businessman who’s pouring his own money into the sport in an attempt to revolutionize sailing for both youth sailors and the cream of the crop announced his own adoption of the word “World” with the new M32 World website and social channel and the 2016 World Match Racing Tour schedule.
With our belief that the past predicts the future, we have as little faith in Mal Page’s World succeeding as we do confidence that Hakan Svensson’s World has a real chance of opening new eyes on high-performance racing.
December 11th, 2015 by admin
The swan song for the monohull World Match Race Tour gets an extra dose of talent with the ACWS Bermuda in town, and some monster breeze in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin saw Taylor Canfield stomp to a 7-0 record on the first day despite the presence of names like Minoprio, Williams, Draper, Bruni, and Barker. Bermuda also saw its share of wipeouts and rounddowns in the ancient IOR, though we’ve been unable to find any video from the event.
You can follow along on the Tour’s FB page here; props to (we think) Charles Anderson for this shot of rolling thunder above; and the best pics are over here.
October 8th, 2015 by admin
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
With the 18Footers TV guys reminding us that ultra-low budget live streaming can still be fun and exciting, the guys from Redhanded TV reminded us that the more expensive stuff in this fast-moving part of the sports media industry can be really excellent with this ‘sizzle reel’ from the 2013 World Match Racing Tour season. Redhanded, Sunset + Vine, and IMG are three of the main players in the new game and between them, they’ll stream hundreds of hours of live sailing around the world in 2014, and we’ll feature the best of it right here on Sailing’s biggest page. To us the Redhanded stuff is the best; who else puts a big ol’ dubstep bass drop and Mr. Clean’s commentary in their highlight reel? Check it out above.
March 8th, 2014 by admin
For a decade, Alex Thomson has distinguished himself as the one non-French solo racer who can truly battle with the big boys both on the course and in the boardroom. Second in the inaugural Barcelona World Race and then an incredible third place in the last Vendee against far quicker designs, Hugo Boss has become synonymous with Alex and his Open 60, and they are clearly happy about it. That’s why the fashion house pulled the trigger last week on yet another 4-year deal with Thomson and management company 5West; they used the occasion to announce Thomson’s participation in the next Barcelona World Race with long time SA favorite Pepe Ribes, and the team also committed to next summer’s Ocean Masters NY-BCN race; a bit of a stunt to try to get US interest up in IMOCA action prior to what should be a well-funded, well-attended, and brilliant 2015 BWR. Congrats to Alex and his entire extended team; they are keeping IMOCA relevant for a hell of a lot of English-speakers.
Thanks in part to some of the same great supporters of Alex’s campaigns, we can confidently report that Sir Ben Ainslie – the first British member of a winning America’s Cup team in 110 years – is most of the way to meeting initial funding pledges and goals for the next America’s Cup and an all (or mostly) British team. While Sir Ben wouldn’t confirm or deny this when we spoke to him, other Pommie friends tell us that Ben’s been making great inroads, and probably has around 80% of the necessary funding pledged by a syndicate of UK businessman and long-time commercial sponsors. This all assumes a satisfactory protocol coming to light sometime before Judgment Day, and it’s spectacular news for the Cup and great news for fans of arguably the world’s best (and best-known) sailor, and we wish him all the luck in the world.
World Championship of the World
We’re also hearing that the AC45s may be done and dusted, and that 2014 will not be a year of ACWS racing of any kind. Meanwhile, Ben, Cammas, Luna Rossa, and ETNZ are likely to jump into the Extreme Sailing Series tout de suite, and some of the younger potential Cup B-teamers may get some starting and match racing practice in a resurgent World Match Racing Tour. Add in some cross training with the Flying Phantom foilers and you’ve got plenty of AC action for the next year, even with no AC. Good times (on tight budgets)…
December 19th, 2013 by admin
When the America’s Cup went multihull, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour shuddered. Fast forward to 2013, and the Tour continues to soldier on with consistently strong competition, a great live streamed sailing package, about a million bucks of prize money on offer each year, and ISAF ‘Special Status’, reserved for a handful of events on the calendar; the Cup, the Olympics, and the AWMRT. It doesn’t hurt credibility that both drivers in the AC72 finale were WMRT alumni, or that Ben Ainslie considers it a great way to stay fresh for his ‘big cup’ aspirations, but for this good ‘ol boys website from the US of A, we’re fans because Americans obviously kick ass in this series! Sure Ed Baird was the last USAnian to take the Tour title, but San Diego Bill Hardesty’s been holding the Cup a few times as Tactician for Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team, and Michigan’s Matty Cassidy does the same on the bow. And now, US and USVI sailor Taylor Canfield has done the impossible, storming past the 4-time title holder Williams to take a World Championship in his first-ever year as a Tour Card holder, and the first time ever that the overall Tour title came down to the final match.
Unlike the Oracle Team USA, Canfield’s US-One team is mostly American, with SF’s Dan Morris, Michigan’s Mike Rehe, and San Diego’s Brian Janney on the roster along with Kiwis Hayden Goodrick and Rod Dawson. And with this win and their third place at the final event, Canfield gets a check for some $140,000. No shit! (and don’t forget to pay your taxes, Tay!) Meanwhile, Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing takes home a cool $170,000 having won a big bonus of Monsoon Cup money along with his 3rd overall in the Tour. That’s some serious cash, and a big reason this Tour continues to attract such high caliber teams. We encourage you to check out some of the excellent videos on the WMRT channel, and enjoy this short post-victory chat with Taylor and Mr. Clean from Malaysia. For a cute info graphic on the finals boat, click here.
Share your congrats or keep tabs on the boys’ schedule on the US ONE Facebook Page over here.
- Tags: alpari world match racing tour, awmrt, malaysia, monsoon cup, Taylor Canfield, usone sailing, WMRT
December 5th, 2013 by admin
Traditional match racing isn’t always our cup of tea, but even adrenalin-junky/snobs like us have to admit it takes serious boathandling mastery to have even a remote chance of winning any match race, let alone the grand finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. In a great video example of this kind of skill, Bjorn Hansen must scrub off a penalty against frenchman Mathieu Richard if the Swede is to keep his hopes of a first World Title alive, and the only way to do that is to nearly stop his boat despite 15 knots of wind coming from behind. Watch it unfold here, with Clean and Simon Shaw on commentary. For a video wrap-up of the penultimate day of Tour racing, go here.
To see if Taylor Canfield and his US-One team can continue to crush their opposition and hold on to become the first American (yeah, yeah, we know) to win the World Match Racing Tour in over a decade, as well as a big chunk of the incredible MILLION F*%KING DOLLAR prize purse, watch the live stream on Livestream, or scroll back up to the top of the page in a few hours.
November 28th, 2013 by admin
While Clean sits in an airport somewhere in Indonesia waiting for a connection, day two of qualifying for the World Match Racing Tour finale is underway in more light air in Kuala Terranganu. Watch it all live here, and check the WMRT page for standings and daily news wraps.
November 26th, 2013 by admin
They’re young and full of piss, vinegar, and anarchy, and with yesterday’s release of the ISAF Open Match Race Rankings, they’re now NUMBER ONE!
Yes, folks – with their win at the Chicago Cup, our friends on Taylor Canfield’s USOne match racing team have just leapt over Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team – the perennial kings of the WMRT – for the world’s top-ranked spot in the sport. Team media man Matt Knighton gives us a beautiful look at their success through his eyes, some excellent music, and the words of bowman Hayden Goodrich. Want more? Hit ‘em up on Facebook. No Facebook? Hop on your dial-up AOL connection and check their site.
August 29th, 2013 by admin