Twelve of the world’s best match race skippers are confirmed to do battle next week in Match Cup Sweden, the fourth stage of the World Match Racing Tour. Included among these are the first seven currently topping the Tour leaderboard, with racing scheduled to commence for the Open division on 1 July and end on Sunday 6 July in Marstrand. At stake are valuable points towards the World Championship, not to mention a piece of the US$200,000 prize money purse.
After yesterday’s first race day of the Olympic Classes during Kiel Week 2008 Part 2 (June 25th to June 29th), the world-wide known “yellow jersey” will be worn by the leading team of each class. Like in cycling, the number 1 crew in each class will wear the “yellow jersey” on a day to day basis, thus defending the overall lead of the preceding race day. Additionally, the overall second and third teams wear green coloured (2nd overall) and pink jerseys (3rd overall), which also change on a daily basis.
This weekend marks the start of the Gotland Runt Baltic Yacht Race. One special entrant is the racing yacht 4Oceans, which combines sailing with a mission to spread knowledge about climate and environmental issues around the Baltic Sea. Sweco is participating as a sponsor of the project.
“We’re not thinking about the performance and sporting side of the game, it’s all about what a sponsor wants to have out of this;”, says Herb Dercksen, who had the bright idea of turning the Tornado into an Extreme 40. More here.
The Round the Island Race – that’s round the Isle of Wight, in case you didn’t know – and among the first off will be McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton on board Hugo Boss. More about all the entries is here.
If you aren’t out sailing, this weekend, keep a watch on SA Sailing News to keep abreast of the action.