London, UK (September 7, 2021) The latest slots are available for the new RYA Grade 2 Match Racing event and World Match Racing Tour Academy to be held at the Queen Mary Sailing Club in London, UK from October 11 to 17 as part of a joint initiative with RYA British Keelboat Sailing.

For the Grade 2 event, three days of match racing in RS21 symmetrically rigged keelboats will take place from Friday October 15 to Sunday October 17, 2021 for a maximum of 16 teams, comprising four or five sailors weighing no more than 350kgs in total. , with a training day on Thursday, October 14.

Following a new partnership with RYA British Keelboat Sailing and RS Sailing, the event will be preceded by a three-day World Match Racing Tour Academy from October 11 to 13 also in RS21 for a maximum of 10 teams. The WMRT academy will be led by six-time world match racing champion Ian Williams. The cost for teams of 4 to 5 sailors is 700 GBP per team.

Match racing sailors are encouraged to express their interest in the Grade 2 International Event and / or the WMRT Academy by the extended deadline of Monday, September 13 at the following links;

World Match Racing Tour Academy October 11-13

RYA International Grade 2 Event October 15-17

Jack Fenwick, RYA Keelboat Development Manager, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to host a UK Level 2 match racing event and I urge teams to show interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. . We are also delighted to host the very first WMRT Academy with RS Sailing, which will offer those looking to upgrade their level with world-class coaching led by multiple world match racing champion Ian Williams.

Ian Williams (GBR)

“If you are looking for great match racing, this is really going to be an exceptional event and a training academy that you don’t want to miss, and for teams from the United States or Continental Europe, it’s very accessible. London Heathrow Airport is only 15 minutes from the club and for double-stitched competitors there is no UK quarantine requirement. “

Tony Bishop, Club Secretary and Executive Director of the Queen Mary Reservoir Sailing Club, said: We are ideally placed to accommodate domestic and foreign competitors. This will be the first time WMRT has been here in many years and we look forward to welcoming competitors from all over the world.

James Pleasance, Executive Director of the World Match Racing Tour, added: “We are delighted to be working with RYA and RS Sailing to support this first WMRT Academy and Grade 2 event in the UK. This is a fantastic opportunity for sailors to try their hand at match racing in ideal boats on a beautiful site, as well as to learn from the best in the sport.

Queen Mary Sailing Club, London

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RS 21 keelboat race

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