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

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

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 11-13 also in RS21 for up to 10 teams. The WMRT academy will be led by six-time match racing world champion Ian Williams. The cost for teams of 4-5 sailors is £700 per team.

Match Racing Sailors are invited to express their interest in the Grade 2 International Event and/or WMRT Academy before 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, Head of Development at RYA Keelboat, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to host a Tier 2 match racing event in the UK and I would urge teams to show their interest as soon as possible to avoid We are also delighted to welcome the first-ever WMRT Academy with RS Sailing, which, for those looking to up their game, will offer world-class coaching led by multiple match racing world champion Ian Williams.

Ian Williams (GBR)

“If you’re looking for great match racing, this is truly an exceptional event and training academy not to be missed, and for teams from the United States or mainland Europe, it’s very accessible. London Heathrow Airport is only 15 minutes from the club and for competitors who are double hit there is no UK quarantine requirement.

Tony Bishop, Club Secretary and Executive Director of Queen Mary Reservoir Sailing Club, said: “We are delighted and delighted to be hosting the World Match Racing Tour and with superb facilities, 704 acres of water, excellent transport and Heathrow on the doorstep. we are ideally placed to welcome national and foreign competitors. This will be the first time WMRT has been here in many years and we look forward to welcoming competitors from around the world.

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

Queen Mary Sailing Club, London

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RS 21 keelboat racing


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