Assessing the Changes of the World Match Racing Tour:
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
The 2016 World Match Racing Tour season was launched in Australia on March 2-7, marking the beginning of the tour’s switch from monohulls to the M32 catamaran.
The switch to catamarans came as a result of Swedish company Aston Harald AB buying the tour in July 2015 to use it as a platform to promote the M32 which they also own.
Twenty teams competed in World Match Racing Tour Fremantle, with most of the match racing specialists eventually cast aside by the two multihull specialists – Yann Guichard and Hans Wallén – advancing to the …
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Ian Williams Wins World Match Racing Tour Fremantle:
Fremantle, WA (March 7, 2016) – Reigning World Champion Ian Williams swept aside Hans Wallén 3-0 to win the final of the World Match Racing Tour Fremantle, the opening event of the 2016 World Match Racing Tour season.
Even though the GAC Pindar skipper has won a record six world titles on the Tour, the level of his domination in high-speed M32 catamarans now being used took even the British skipper by surprise.
“There’s always a lot of focus on the skipper, but this really is a team sport,” said Williams. “It’s pretty obvious which way to point a fast boat like an M32 so my job is relatively easy, it’s what the guys do in front of me that really co…
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