In 2016, Ian hopes to retain the World Match Racing Tour Title and extend his record to 7 World Championship wins. But this will involve the new challenge of mastering the M32 catamaran which will be the boat type for the World Match Racing Tour for the foreseeable future.
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour is a global Tour of match racing events sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status.
In 2016, the World Tour will offer over US$2million in prize money with points awarded at each event towards qualification for the final event in Marstrand, Sweden where the winner will be crownedthe “ISAF Match Racing World Champion”.
Events take place in identically supplied racing yachts to place the focus on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore for the general public to follow the races as virtual on-the-water stadia. Media and television highlights coverage reaches over 180 countries around the world.
Ian’s 2016 Match Racing Program:
2-7 March, Perth
5-10 April, Congressional Cup, Long Beach California
9-14 May, Copenhagen
30 May – 5 June, Newport Rhode Island
4-9 July, Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand
In 2016, Ian will also compete in the M32 Scandinavian Series in order to get familiar with the M32 catamarans used on the Tour. the schedule for that is:
5-7 May, Copenhagen
19-21 May, Oslo
16-18 June, Gothenburg
18-20 August, Aarhus
1-3 September, Helsinki
8-10 September, Stockholm
Find out more about GAC Pindar’s campaign at www.gac.com