The World Match Racing Tour today announced the remaining four ‘Tour Card’ skippers that will join the 2016 World Championship. Yann Guichard (FRA), Mattias Rahm (SWE), Nicolai Sehested (DEN), and the first ever all-female Tour Card team to be led by Sally Barkow (USA) complete the list of ten appointed Tour Card Skippers for 2016.
Making his first ever appearance on the World Match Racing Tour, former Olympic sailor Yann Guichard from France is well known to the multihull world following multiple campaigns including the Rolex Fastnet Race and Multi One Championship. In 2011, Guichard co-founded Spindrift Racing with partner Donatella Bertarelli and the team are currently attempting to break the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the globe on board the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2.
Double Olympian and former America’s Cup helmsman Mattias Rahm, SWE is no stranger to match racing after winning the Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand in 2007. More recently, he has turned his skill to multihull racing, winning the first M32 Scandinavian Series in 2013, and finishing second in 2014 and 2015.
Danish match racer Nicolai Sehested and his Trefor Match Racing Team returns to the World Match Racing Tour in 2016 following his role on board Team Vestas in the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race. In his brief participation in this years World Match Racing Tour, Sehested and his team won the Energa Sopot Match Race in Poland, and the team are now focused on adapting to the multihulls for 2016.
Completing the skipper line up is US born Sally Barkow. A former Olympic sailor and two-time US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Barkow has earned her racing stripes both inshore and offshore, most recently on board the all-female Team SCA in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race.
The full line up of 10 Tour Card Skippers will kick off the start of the 2016 World Match Racing Tour season in Perth, Australia from second-7thMarch. They will be joined by a further 10 teams at each event on the Tour schedule, those teams gaining entry through a series of ‘World Tour Event’ qualifying regattas. Interested skippers and teams should contact the World Match Racing Tour office for availability at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 World Match Racing Tour Championship Schedule:
• Fremantle, Perth, Australia, March 2nd-7th
• Long Beach, Los Angeles, USA, April 5th-10th
• Undisclosed Venue, April 18th-23rd (TBC)
• Copenhagen, Denmark, May 9th-14th
• Newport, RI, USA, May 31st-June 4th
• World Championship Finals, Marstrand, Sweden, July 4th-9th
2016 Tour Card Skippers:
• Ian Williams, GBR
• Björn Hansen, SWE
• Taylor Canfield, ISV
• Keith Swinton, AUS
• Phil Robertson, NZL
• Eric Monnin, SUI
• Yann Guichard, FRA
• Mattias Rahm, SWE
• Sally Barkow, USA
• Nicolai Sehested, DEN