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After a very strong Marstrand finale to the inaugural World Match Racing Tour,  our friends in M32 World have been extremely quiet, with no firm announcements for the 2016/17 WMRT season other than a teaser telling us there would indeed be another million on offer for the winner of the series. This week, we found out what they’ve been up to: First, and as you can see by the titillating video above, they’ve gotten International Class status from ISAF and the inaugural M32 World Championship will be sailed on the Devil’s Island immediately after the Tour finale in Marstrand.  While future M32 Worlds will be qualified events, this first year is first-come, first-served, and capped at 25 boats, so get registered now.

Far more importantly, M32 World announced that the Volvo Ocean Race will now feature the M32 cat for Pro-Am and guest racing at 8 of the VOR Stopovers. Each boat will be branded like one of the teams and sailed over the course of the stopover, allowing non-stop sailing action for spectators and VIP/hospitality guests.  Instead of a two days of in-port and pro-am racing, those eight stopovers will now be full of racing action – a move that pleases both VOR, the teams, and the local vendors while increasing the crossover between long time circumnavigators and inshore cat racers.



October 14th, 2016 by admin

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The first stage of the M32/World Match Racing Tour experiment wraps up today with a shock finale: Only one form guide favorite advancing to the semifinals of the million-dollar, winner-take-all World Championship in Marstrand, Sweden.

Taylor Canfield advances as the favorite, but loses tactician Chris Main to a shoulder injury going into the final day, and with 25 knots forecast, he’l lose weight and strength with GAC Pindar trimmer Garth Ellingham subbing in.

With Iker Martinez, Yann Guichard, and 6-time world champ Ian Williams all knocked out in the quarters, every skipper in the final four matchup is 30 or younger, and Hakan Svensson’s vision of providing a pathway to greatness for young sailors has been fulfilled.

The event itself is quite insane; I’ve never seen more gorgeous women in one place, and the event has set all kids of records for both daily attendance and digital viewership.  We’ll have more on today’s action shortly, right here on the front page – head over to WMRT Facebook for live coverage of the skipper’s meeting and much, much more this morning; we’ll have the finals embedded right here from 1400 CET/0800 ET/0500 PT.  Brian Carlin photography.

Here’s a video summary of yesterday’s insanity, and Nic the Sailor Girl grabbed some strong interviews with Williams after his knockout and his nemesis, young Chris Steele.

July 8th, 2016 by admin

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We’ve had a lot of fun commentating and following the World Match Racing Tour this year, but things have just gotten a hell of a lot more serious at the World Championship Finale in stunning Marstrand.  It’s not surprising – with 1.2 million on the line, including a single million-dollar cash bonus to the winning team, much of the camaraderie is gone, and it’s been replaced with determination and steely stares between both rivals and (former) friends.

The breeze is on (as it always is here), the bikinis are out, and you’ve got a front row seat for all the action as commentated by double match race World Champ Simon Shaw, Rolex US Sailor of the Year Steph Roble, and the big bald bastard himself.  Get your match on!


July 4th, 2016 by admin

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The intensity on the M32 Scandinavian Series ratcheted up in a massive way last week as the sport’s biggest prize ever will soon be awarded at the end of the Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand next month.  While the Scandi Series is all fleet racing, it still served as the final big training regatta before the WMRT Finale – a combination of fleet qualifiers and match racing eliminations that will crown the 2016 champion – and the sport’s newest millionaire.

Clean was on hand to do some commentary for the VIPs and a huge local audience in Gothenburg, and the video team put together a damned good highlight reel telling the story of the battle.  And that story came down to Ian Williams port tacking the fleet on a 150m wide river and getting his GAC Pindar team on the stage to grab the Gothenburg title.  Watch above and head here for pics and here for the written word.

June 20th, 2016 by admin

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Canfield vs. Williams and Guichard vs. Robertson up next on the final day of the WMRT Newport. Forecast is looking good and we expect some of the most exciting racing of the season so far, and it’s all live from 2 PM ET.  Here’s how they got to the semifinals.


June 4th, 2016 by admin

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No, this isn’t a real ad.  But it should be.

In reality, it’s 2016 World Tour favorite Taylor Canfield pitching it in on Day 1 of the WMRT Newport, one of about five capsizes over the first couple of days with zero damage and at most, the lost of one race for the wet crew. From first-hand experience, we can tell you that the full package – the boats, the licensing scheme, the simple and well-planned safety protocol, and the safety boat drivers – has turned a once-fearful occurrence into a minimal hassle.  Basically, if you have to choose between contact and tipping it in, you tip.  Fixing carbon wing bars gets expensive, but getting wet is free!

US-One and Sally’s Magenta Project both squeaked through after some boisterous and foggy qualifying racing with young Kiwi (and former Sperry SA Moth Worlds guest commentator) Chris Steele and his 36 Below team blazing through in first place after the fleet racing.

With Mr. Clean off racing Melges 24s at home, SF Cup commentary vet Andy Green will fill in on the microphone live from 1400 PM ET/1100PT/1900 UTC over here through Saturday, and effervescent and accomplished pro Stephanie Roble back on the commentary team.

We think this is an Ian Roman pic – let us know otherwise if it’s yours.


June 1st, 2016 by admin

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We jumped ahead a bit in the SA Podcast timeline to stay timely with the World Match Racing Tour Newport stage (which began yesterday), and today’s two hours is with two of the leading lights in modern grand prix racing – both of them daily SA readers.

Sam Usher founded the UK-based production company Redhanded TV more than a decade ago, and in that time, he’s produced live and highlight video for the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the World Match Racing Tour, the GC32, and dozens more events.  Sam stands out not only for his willingness to hire the loudest voice in sailing as a talker, but for his disdain for ‘the old way’, a never-ending drive to push the boundaries of sailing coverage, and a belief that sailing is indeed a spectator sport if you just show it off right.  Sam is currently the Executive Producer of the WMRT’s coverage.

Hakan Svensson needs little introduction, but we’ll give it a try.  A passionate amateur yachtsman from the West Coast of Sweden, Svensson is a proper Viking.  He spent the first half of his career in the shipping industry and showed how to make B-to-B sponsorship work in the Volvo Ocean Race (Green Dragon, Puma), selling his company Berg Propulsion after the 2012 race.  A long time supporter of sailing at every level (including sponsorship of Freddy Loof and his London gold medal), Svensson wasn’t someone to lounge around and live on interest payments – he helped Goran Marstrom and Marstrom Composites settle a long running battle over the Marstrom 32 catamaran and then bought the design.  Svensson also bought the troubled World Match Racing Tour as a showcase for his new catamaran, but also to provide a much-needed pathway that could both identify the next young Glenn Ashby as well as to help mentor them along their way.

The Ian Roman/WMRT photo below shows our studio at the edge of the water in Copenhagen.  Not a bad office for the evening!

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May 31st, 2016 by admin

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After what was the single most exciting day of match racing I’ve ever watched or commentated in my life, I’m still a little speechless; I’ve never been much of a fan of match racing, and I’d long ago gotten used to a format where the boat that wins the start sails off to victory the vast majority of the time.  But on the Sweet Sixteen day of the World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen, the crowd and worldwide audience saw more passing and more action than in an entire week of hte old-format World Tour.

I’m still a little cynical – maybe we just got lucky, or maybe it’s the newness of the M32 that’s allowing such variety in the racing.  But as I type this on Friday morning, Sally Barkow just nearly caused Taylor Canfield to flip and made the pass, and we’re just on the first race of the day.  Watch the entire replay from yesterday above, and if you like it as much as I did, be sure to tune in today at 1400 CET/0800 ET as the quarterfinals conclude.


May 13th, 2016 by admin

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This is one of the funniest sailing videos we’ve ever seen.  Turn the sound up and watch through to the end for full effect.  Clean and the WMRT team are live from 1400 CET/0800 ET through Saturday; watch ‘em here.


May 12th, 2016 by admin

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The M32 media team is having a little fun this week with the M32 Series Scandinavia opener in Denmark, and Clean is on the scene in this event.  Find highlight reels, photos, and reports over on Facebook, and get ready for next week’s all-live action from the World Match Racing Tour event in the same venue.


May 7th, 2016 by admin

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