Saturday - May 27, 2017

Alpari World Match Racing Tour adds Poland to their itinerary


Alpari World Match Racing Tour adds Poland to their itinerary

The Polish yachting community will be making their way in droves to the beautiful coastal city of Sopot in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, making sure that they arrive by the 31t of July to witness the start of the annual Sopot Match Race.

This year marks the 11th time that the Sopot Match Race has been held, with start and finish of each race is held immediately off the city’s massive half kilometer long pier, which is Europe’s longest wooden pier.

However, this year’s event will be different from its predecessors because it’s the first time that it will be held as part of the prestigious Alpari World Match Racing Tour for 2014.

Poland is one of the most prolific nations and well-known internationally when it comes to organising match racing events with the annual Polish Match Tour comprising five or six events annually.

According to event organiser Przemek Tarnacki, Poland currently boasts more sailors who succeed in finishing in the top 100 of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championships match race rankings than any other country, making it only fitting that Poland’s top yacht racing event should become a feature of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

A total of twelve teams will be taking part in this year’s Sopot Match Race this year seven of them coming from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour card holders, as well as two from Poland, Sweden’s Johnie Berntsson, Denmark’s Nicolai Sehested, and Finnish match racer, Staffan Lindberg, with the latter two having gained their places in the event through the two qualifying events.

As is the case with all the other events on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Sopot Match Race event will be partially financed by a list of international sponsors amongst them Samsung, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, Albert Riele Swiss watches and Ferrari. Ferrari will be bringing around thirty of their top of the range cars to the events, which has been chosen as the finish for Ferrari’s annual rally around Poland.

Racing takes place over four days getting underway on Thursday 31st July and winding up on Sunday 3rd August. The event’s format will based around a Qualifying round where all competitors will take part, with six teams going through to a quarter-final Quarter Final, four to the Semi Final and two to the Final.

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