Chris Mansfield
Commodore
A very warm welcome to all our visitors for the Royal Southern Match Cup 2015.

This is a very special occasion for us because our Match Cup is the first international event to be held in the brand new Prince Philip Yacht Haven.

It has also become an official event of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), the first one ever in the UK, and our thanks go to James Pleasance and Craig Mitchell of WMRT for making this possible.

This is without doubt one of our most International events - you will see the National Flags of Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Poland  flying throughout the event along with our own Blue Ensign, a privilege granted to Royal Yacht Clubs in the UK.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club was founded in 1837. Our first Patron was HM Queen Victoria and we are very proud that HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh is our Patron now. His Royal Highness will be with us on the 4th June 2015 to commission the Prince Philip Yacht Haven, the only one anywhere. It will be a fine new centre for major sailing events and also adds an important new facility for access by disabled sailors to the water.

HRH Prince Philip checked the plans before work began.
I am very grateful to the large volunteer team that makes an event like this happen. The Umpires, Race Officers and support boat owners and crews on the water, the Members who are Hosts and helpers here ashore, and of course our staff.

We will all do our best to provide you with a competitive and memorable event.
We are also very grateful to Raymarine, Grapefruit Graphics, ICOM, J-Boats, Allspars and the RYA for their support.
Above all, I thank the competitors for coming to the Southern - without you there would be nothing for the rest of us to do!

Best wishes for a successful event.
Chris Mansfield  Commodore
 
World Match Tour Trophy comes to Hamble
The 2015 Royal Southern got away to an auspicious start today, with 10 teams assembling with the trophy they would all dearly like to win from its current holder, Ian Williams.

Commodore Chris Mansfield welcomes the competitors
Ian has been World Match Racing champion a record breaking five times, but this is the first year he has also topped the ISAF Open Match Racing table.

L to R Commodore Chris Mansfield, Ian Williams with trophy, James Pleasance director of WMRT
The trophy had been brought directly from Garrards, where Ian’s name had just been added to list of winners, by WMRT directors James Pleasance and Craig Mitchell.
This is the first time the WMRT has nominated a UK event as part of its series and a strong field of contenders has assembled, promising some top class racing over the next 4 days. Racing starts today, Thursday morning, with live tracking available on our web site.

Ian Williams centre, with the 9 competing skippers.

The Teams
 
Royal Southern Match Cup Day 1: 20 knots, 20 degrees and some great matches.
‘This is great’ said Lucasz Wozinski from Poland. ‘Twenty knots of wind, sun and clear blue skies. Where I come from it’s still 5 degrees, raining and we wonder when Winter will ever end?’
And so, the first day of the Royal Southern Match Cup, the first ever World Match Racing Tour event in the UK, got off to a good start with some of the top guys confirming their status and a few surprises.
RO Simon Hand with guest RO Bartosz Gruska (POL) got nine flights of the first Round Robin in despite some delays for breakdowns and an injury - fortunately not serious.
Ian Williams emerged with five out of five while Matthew Jerwood (AUS) and Redline Racing had a perfect six out of six, even though the skipper and bowman were not on board for the last two races.
Christian Tang (DEN) is going well with four out of five while his compatriot, Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN), currently top of the WMRT Leader board, has some catching up to do.
Annabel Vose (GBR) and her all girl crew had some close matches but generally were under-powered for the boisterous winds until lunchtime but came back with a satisfying win over Philip Bendon (IRL).
Lucasz Wozinski (POL) and Connor Miller (GBR) each have three wins, but there’s a long way to go in the double Round Robin before the knock out stages.
Results
Day 1 results:
1. Matthew Jerwood 6/6
2. Ian Williams 5/5
3. Christian Tang 4/5
4. Lukasz Wosinski 3/5
5. Connor Miller 3/6
6. Philip Bendon 2/5
7. Mark Lees 2/5
8. Joachim Ashenbrenner 1/5
9. Annabel Vose 1/6
10. Matthew Reid 0/6
Day 1 Images
 
Royal Southern Match Cup Day 2: Wind 0: Flights 2
After Day 1's 20 knots and sunshine, Day 2 was a frustrating change and nothing like the forecast. Sullen low cloud sat over the Solent and surroundings, no sun could get in and whatever wind had been forecast went somewhere else. We didn't see more than 5 knots all day!
Starting on time in a slight north-easterly, fortune favoured those who could find their way over the glassy sea. Was it a co-incidence that the three winners in the first Flight were Ian Williams, Joachim Aschenbrenner and Mark Lees, the three top ranked sailors?
Then the wind closed down completely. Simon Hand and his colleagues on the Committee Boat watched their flags droop and their reflections shine while the wind had a fitful try from the east, closed down, then from the south, closed down and finally gave some hope from the south west, at least enough to start the second Flight of the day.
The pre-starts continued at close quarters but as the wind gradually faded, the later stages became very long and drawn out, a test of patience and propulsion regulations which the Umpires watched intensely.
Eventually Ian Williams showed that it was quicker to drop the kite, furl the jib and nurse the boat over the line on main alone to win two out of two in the lightest of airs.
Joachim Aschenbrenner won his second of the day looking a lot happier, and in the longest race of the day, Annabel Vose stayed the course for over an hour to take the last race before the wind failed again completely.
After another long wait and with no wind reported for miles around, that was that for the day. The plan is to keep the Round Robins going tomorrow so that everyone gets the maximum racing.
Results
1 Ian Williams - (GBR) - 7/7
2. Matt Jerwood - (AUS) - 6/6
3. Christian Tang - (DEN) - 4/6
4. Connor Miller - (GBR) - 3/6
5. Mark Lees - (GBR) - 3/6
6. Joachim Aschenbrenner - (DEN) - 3/7
7. Lukasz Wocinski - (POL) - 3/7
8. Philip Bendon - (IRL) - 2/6
9. Annabel Vose  - (GBR) - 2/7
10. Matthew Reid - (GBR) - 0/7
Day 2 Images
 
Williams had to fight for pole position on Day 3
Multiple world champion Ian Williams had to work hard to secure pole position going into Sunday's finale of the Royal Southern Match Cup 2015.
The five-time World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) Champion emerged from a demanding round robin stage unbeaten, and will now face fellow Briton Mark Lees in the semi-final of the grade 2 match racing regatta - the first ever WMRT event in the UK.
Though ranked number one in the world, Williams admitted the competition had kept him and his crew honest over three days of very mixed Solent conditions, which culminated on Saturday in a gear-breaking combination of wind and sea state.
'It was right at the top end of racing conditions with quite a steep chop for the J80s, so Saturday was all about managing the set-up of the boat and getting the boat to go fast upwind,' said Williams.
'We didn't do a great job of that in the first race and ended up having a very close one with Matt Jerwood. (AUS) We led quite comfortably off the line but he got past us up the second beat, though we managed to sneak past ahead of him at the top mark and he actually got a penalty there as well. It was a great race.'

Ian Williams (Boat 5) & Matthew Jerwood
The testing conditions resulted in numerous minor breakages which required the expert and rapid attention of the on-the-water repair team of Dick Long and Paul Watkins, before Race Officer Simon Hands called it a day at the completion of the round robin.
'We were happy they ended the racing when they did - it's a natural time to end it and the end of a round robin,' said Williams. 'It was sensible to do that and have everything fixed and ready to go the next day. It's all about the final day in match racing.'
Conditions had also been breezy on the opening day of the Match Cup on Thursday, with progress through the opening races delayed following a head injury to Jerwood which required hospital treatment. In typical Solent fashion this was followed by an almost windless Friday which saw only two flights sailed in glassy conditions.
Intriguing contests ahead tomorrow
Nevertheless, the completed round robin throws up some intriguing contests in the knock-out section on Sunday .

Testing conditions
The two top-ranked British match-racers - Williams and Lees (ranked 23 in the world) - meet in one semi-final, while a fully recovered Jerwood (ranked 32), the current Australian match racing champion, takes on Connor Miller (76), the British Universities Match Race Champion.

Connor Miller
Though not in direct competition, either Lees or Miller will win a place at the Warren Jones Invitational in Perth based on their Match Cup results as the best placed British sailor under 24.

Joachim Aschenbrenner dropped off the pace
After struggling on the Thursday, current WMRT leader Joachim Aschenbrenner (9) has had to settle for an all-Danish sail-off for fifth and sixth place with Christian Tang (48).
'Before we came here we didn't think we would be in fifth place after the round robin stage, but we had four wins and only one loss on the first day so we changed our expectations,' said Christian, who ended up tied on five points with Miller and Lees.

Dane Christian Tang is enjoying his Solent baptism
'We are the last boat in the tie so that's not so good - if we'd won one more race we'd have been number three,' he added.
More used to sailing from Aarhus, Denmark's second city, the Match Cup marks Christian and his crew's first ever visit to the Solent.
'The conditions over the three days so far have been in the extremes but we have enjoyed it,' he said. 'It's been fantastic and we have had such a warm welcome from everybody - it's a beautiful place to sail.'

Matthew Lees & Philip Bendon in choppy waters.
The Royal Southern's Annabel Vose, GBR (82) just missed out on a sail-off spot, finishing seventh ahead of Lucasz Wozinski POL (86), Philip Bendon IRL (30), and Matthew Reid GBR (366).

Annabel Vose
The former Splasher said: 'It was really fun last year to see the start of it and it's great that it's a World Match Racing Tour event this year - it's been really good to get match racing at this level back in the UK'.
In organising the Match Cup 2015 The Royal Southern Yacht Club is grateful for the generous support of Village Pre-Schools, Ullman Sails, Raymarine, Icom, the RYA and Allspars.

Great to see the Club's new Quarter Deck enjoying so much activity
Report: Phil Riley
Images: Paul Wyeth/pwpictures

Results
 
Royal Southern Match Cup Day 4: Ian Williams confirms his top slot in the final
Ian Williams emerged as a worthy winner of the first ever World Match Racing Tour event to be held in the UK, the Royal Southern Match Cup 2015.  But this ISAF Grade 2 event posed a real scare for Ian from the Club's own Academy member Mark Lees in the semi-finals.
Five-time World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) champion and the current world number one, Williams had kept a 100 per cent win record until he ran into Lees in the first of the knock-out series.
Lees took the first race and an early lead in the best-of-five, before Williams hit back taking the next two. In a declining and shifty Solent breeze, and despite a coming together at the top mark, Lees kept the tie alive with a win to level the scores.

Williams team in action
However, Williams then showed why he is ISAF's top-ranked match racer by taking the decider by the scruff of the neck and dominating the race to reach the final. There, in the increasingly fickle wind, he beat Australian match racing champion Matt Jerwood 2-0 in a shortened series to take the title.
"You never expect it to be easy" said a victorious Williams. "It's a strong field and what you find with these regattas is people improve as it goes on. So you can feel that you are winning in the round robin quite comfortably, but once you get into the final stages it always ramps up and people hit their stride."
"And that's the way it was, with a very close semi-final, especially, against Mark Lees. The final was particularly tricky, and it was a case of keeping your head out of the boat and all the guys were looking around for where the best pressure was, and protecting the side we thought the best pressure was going to come from, while taking the small shifts when we could to keep our nose in front."

Ian Williams with his team of Richard Sydenham, James French, Ricky McGarvie with the Boysterous Trophy
Racing at the Royal Southern Match Cup for the second successive year - this time as part of the first ever WMRT event in the UK - Williams said he was delighted to have taken part.
"It's great seeing some of the younger British crews coming through, like Mark Lees and Connor Miller, and Mark pushed us all the way in the semi and it could have gone either way."
"I've really enjoyed being here for the Royal Southern Match Cup, and I've got Ricky McGarvie here from my World Match Racing Tour crew, James French, a young British guy we've been training with, and my old friend Richard Sydenham, so that's been great as well."

Williams and Lees fighting it out
His fellow finalist Jerwood, meanwhile, echoed the sentiment despite having to visit A&E after suffering a head injury on the first day.
"It was a really tricky regatta for us with a lot of things thrown at us that we don't get much practice at, a lot of current, asymmetric spinnakers, the little incident with my head, quite a lot of challenges, but I think we rose to the occasion when we had to,' said the Australian."

Jerwood and Miller in the semi's
As for the boom-related injury he admitted: "I was feeling a little weird for a couple of days after that, but I tried not to let on to everyone. I was quite tired but it's not too bad."
He and his crew though, feel they made Williams work for the title, after beating Connor Miller 3-0 in their semi-final.
"We didn't quite pull it off in the final but we are happy with our efforts. Ian's so experienced so we needed some variation or something to give us a chance, so we felt the light winds and shifty conditions, the lighter boats, were more to our advantage. We had a really good semi-final so were feeling quite confident, but we didn't just quite put it together. We were leading the first race and missed a couple of shifts and just let him get away, but we're pretty happy. Ian sailed really well so all credit to him."
Jerwood went on to finish second overall, winning the Billy Foulkes Alladin Cave trophy for the best under 25 helm of the event and and he added: "It's been awesome and I'm definitely coming back next year."

Jerwood and Miller
Miller and his new Rascal Racing team went on to win the shortened single-race petit final, beating fellow Brit Lees into third and earning a place at the Warren Jones Invitational in Perth as the best place British sailor under 25.
"The Rascal Racing team is really pleased as a group with what we've been able to do this weekend" said Miller. "We came with the goal of reaching the semi-finals and finished third overall. We were beaten three-nil in the semi but every race was a tight one."

Miller in some tight action
"The racing here has been brilliant and I'd like to put a special mention in for Colin Hall who has been absolutely amazing in getting us here. It wouldn't have been possible to have been here without him."
"We've got a lot of training to do before Warren Jones and the biggest thing for us will be the funding, so we will be looking for a sponsor for that."
As event director Colin Hall said: "It's been great to see the talent rising to the top, and to have in the petit final two young British guys fighting it out for the chance to go to Australia for the Warren Jones Invitational - Connor Miller will have a fabulous time out there, Mark Lees knows that because he's already been.
There has been intense competition out on the water and great camaraderie among the teams once they are ashore."
At the well-attended clubhouse prize-giving special thanks was given to all the club volunteers who had helped and accommodated the visiting sailors, as well as the race committee headed by Simon Hand and the team of international and national umpires led by Neven Baran.
In organising the Match Cup 2015 The Royal Southern Yacht Club is grateful for the generous support and sponsorship of Raymarine, Village Pre-Schools Ltd, Ullman Sails, Icom, the RYA, Allspars and Grapefruit Graphics.
Report: Phil Riley   Images: Paul Wyeth/pwpictures

Final Results
1st Ian Williams
2nd Mathew Jerwood
3rd Connor Miller
4th Mark Lees
5th Joachim Aschenbrenner
6th Christian Tang
7th Annabel Vose
8th Lukasz Wosinski
9th Philip Bendon
10th Mathew Reid
 
Just a year ago, Ian Williams lay second in the ISAF Open rankings. Now he is World Champion both as No.1 in the rankings and the five times winner of the World Match Racing Tour.
Ian is top ranked at the Royal Southern Match Cup to be held from 10 to 14 June at Hamble, the first ever World Match Racing Tour event in the UK, and he will be taking on some of the fastest rising stars on the match racing circuit, racing in a fleet of J/80s.

Ian Williams in action at the 2014 Royal Southern Match Cup. Credit: Mike Austen
21 year old Joachim Aschenbrenner from Denmark currently leads the World Match Race tour rankings and is 9th in the ISAF rankings. Last year he won the ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championships and in May of this year he was 6th in the Congressional Cup.
Matthew Jerwood (AUS) has shot up the leaderboard going from 150th place to 32nd in the space of 12 months and he is now the reigning Australian champion.
Christian Tang (DEN) has also risen more than 100 places in the last year and comes from the Match Cup Qualifier in Ploen, Germany, with a near perfect score.
Royal Southern Academy Member Annabel Vose (GBR) may be the only girl on the entry list, but she too has risen more than 100 places in the last year and has taken many male scalps to be crowned the RYA Match Racing Youth Champion.
Mark Lees, Connor Miller and Matt Reid, all GBR, and Philip Bendon (IRL) have also all moved substantially up the rankings while Lucasz Wozinski from Poland has climbed nearly 200 places to 86th.
Karen Henderson-Williams, Vice Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, and former Royal Southern Academy Chairman commented:
"This year's entry list more than fulfils our objective - to bring some of the World's best to Hamble so that our own young sailors can compete against them at home.
"We also have a truly cosmopolitan complement of International Umpires from Croatia, Australia, Italy and UK as we become an official event of the World Match Racing Tour for the first time."
The final line-up of skippers taking part in the 2015 Royal Southern Match Cup are:
Skippers ISAF Rating
Name / Country 2015 2014
Ian Williams / GBR
Joachim Aschenbrenner / DEN
Mark Lees / GBR
Philip Bendon / IRL
Matthew Jerwood / AUS
Christian Tang / DEN
Connor Miller / GBR
Annabel Vose / GBR
Lucasz Wozinski / POL
Matthew Reid / GBR
1
9
23
30
32
48
76
82
86
366
2
6
30
46
150
153
246
185
282
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The Race Schedule
In the first stage, all Teams race each other in a Round Robin. Two Round Robins are scheduled.
Teams then go forward into play-offs, semis and the Finals according to the following schedule.

The Programme
Wednesday 10th June 2015
0900 - 1700 Registration, damage deposits, crew weigh-in, billets allocated and
competitors to check in with Hosts
River Room
1000 - 1800 Practice with boats, two hour slots as allocated Club pontoon
1400 - 1800 Umpires check in to nominated accommodation River Room
1600 - 1700 Umpires visit race area with Race Officer Club pontoon
1900 Welcome Reception, complimentary for competitors, umpires,
race officers, Hosts and Club guests
Upper Bar
2000 Fish Pie Supper - tickets required Dining Room

Thursday 11th June 2015
0700 - 0830 Breakfast buffet South Dining Room
0830 Skippers first briefing followed by Umpire briefing North Dining Room
1030 Start of first race in Round Robin Race area
1700 Day results, Umpire debrief and press conference Upper Bar
1930 Club BBQ - tickets required Upper Bar Balcony

Friday 12th June
0700 - 0830 Breakfast buffet South Dining Room
0830 Skippers daily briefing North Dining Room
1000 Start of first race Race area
1700 Bar will be open Upper Bar
1830 Day results, Umpire debrief and press conference Upper Bar
1930 Curry evening with a pint - tickets required Dining Room

Saturday 13th June
0700 - 0830 Breakfast buffet South Dining Room
0830 Skippers daily briefing North Dining Room
1000 Start of first race Race area
1400 Bar will be open Upper Bar
18:30 Day Results, Umpire debrief and press conference Upper Bar
19:00 Crew party, sit down meal and live music Dining Room

Sunday 14th June
0700 - 0830 Breakfast buffet South Dining Room
0830 Skippers daily briefing North Dining Room
1000 Start of first race Race area
1400 Bar will be open Club pier
1500 - 1600 Prize Giving and hog roast - complimentary for competitors, umpires and race team
 
Match Racing Cup Files
Are available below
Entrants Resumes
Ian Williams
Country / ISAF rank: Great Britain / No. 1  World Match Racing Tour Champion
Ian is the World Champion by both measures. He heads the ISAF Open Match Racing table and is also the World Match Racing Tour Champion for a record breaking fifth time.
Ian finished as runner-up in last year's Royal Southern Match Cup, something he intends to put right this year!
Joachim Aschenbrenner
Country / ISAF rank: Denmark  / 9
21 year old Joachim representing the Royal Danish Yacht Club is currently heading the World Match Racing Tour 2015 Leader board and is No 9 in the ISAF rankings.
Mark Lees
Country / ISAF rank:  Great Britain / 23
Mark is the second highest ranked Brit in the ISAF rankings and was highest placed U25 competitor in last year's Match Cup.
As a result, he won free entry to the Warren Jones Invitational in Perth. Mark, a member of the Royal Southern Academy, is a former RYA Youth National Champion and is targeting a place in the ISAF Top Twenty.
Philip Bendon
Country / ISAF rank: Ireland / 30
Philip is also a member of the Royal Southern Academy and has sailed regularly with the Club since being at Southampton Solent University.
Philip has been BUSA Match Racing Champion, EUROSAF Youth Match Racing Champion and last year won his first wild card entry into a World Match Racing Tour event.
Matthew Jerwood
Country / ISAF rank: Australia / 32
Matthew is the current Australian match racing champion.
He campaigned in Europe last year with several notable results including firsts in Krefeld and Riga. Also a participant in the Warren Jones Invitational, this is his first event in the UK.
Christian Tang
Country / ISAF rank: Denmark / 48
Christian helms one of several up and coming young Danish teams and won his entry to the Match Cup by winning the ISAF Grade 3 Qualifier at Ploen in northern Germany with a near perfect score.
This is the team's first event in the UK.
Connor Miller / Rascal Racing
Country / ISAF rank: Great Britain / 76
Rascal Racing is a new team on the block who only started Match Racing little over a year ago. The team consists of British Universities best Match Racers and Team Racers from all over the UK. They are the current British Universities Match Race Champions and Connor is the Captain for the BUSA / ICSA Tour.
Annabel Vose
Country / ISAF rank: Great Britain / 82
Annabel is no stranger to the Royal Southern having started in the Splash Club when she was 5 years old. She was World Women's 420 Champion aged just 16 and is the current RYA Youth Match Racing Champion. Royal Southern Academy member Annabel has represented Southampton University at World Student Championships - and won.
Lucasz Wozinski
Country / ISAF rank: Poland / 86
Another new young team, Lucasz's 86th place in the rankings is with just 6 out of 8 qualifying events - equivalent to more like 40th if with the full 8 events.  He has already won an event this year and should feel at home on his first UK event as we have both a guest Umpire and a guest Race Officer from Poland.
Matthew Reid
Country / ISAF rank: Great Britain / 366
Another deceptive ranking as it is based on just 2 scoring events. Matthew won our own qualifying event in April and earned his place in the Match Cup by storming through from last to first in the final. One to watch!
 
The Officials
Each individual race will be umpired by two Umpires of which at least one must be a qualified international umpire.
International Umpires
Neven Baran - CRO Chief David Lees - GBR Piero Occhetto - ITA
Phil Mostyn - AUS Craig Mitchell - GBR  
National Umpires    
Erica Kirby - AUS Chris Simon - GBR Andy Wibroe - GBR
Boguslaw Moczorodynski - POL  
Race Officers
Race Officer Simon Hand
Time Keeper Karen Henderson-Williams
AROs David Aspinall, Georgie Hand, Judith Greenhalgh, Chris Mansfield
Committee Boat Andy Norton, Robert Vose
Event Committee
Colin Hall Chairman
Simon Hand Race Officer
Karen Henderson-Williams Vice Commodore
Dick Long Boats
Chris Mansfield Commodore
Graham Nixon Rear Commodore Sailing
Lisa Rochford Billets
Peta Stuart-Hunt Press Officer
Jan Wright Shore side
John Rutherford Chairman of Sailing
Kim Adams Sailing Assistant
 
 
What is Match Racing?
The America's Cup is match racing, these days with its own foiling catamarans and rules, but most match racing is contested in keel boats supplied by the event organisers.
The competing skippers are ranked by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) according to their success in past events that are themselves graded according to the strength of the field. ISAF stipulates the minimum rankings necessary for an event Grade, the number of overseas competitors and the number and qualifications of the Umpires.
The top match race series is the World Match Racing Tour - this year with six international events, eight skippers as card holders and others by invitation. Next ranked are ISAF Grade 1 events - the equivalent of a World Championship, and then Grade 2 - equivalent to a European Championship. The 2014 Royal Southern Match Cup is a Grade 2 event and the quality of its entries is well over the minimum necessary to justify its grading - 90 ISAF ranking points compared with the minimum requirement of 50.
We have five International and four National Umpires. We are racing in un-modified J/80 Class keelboats kindly lent by their owners for the event. International competitors and Umpires are being accommodated by our kind Hosts, local Club Members.
The Racing
Each team races every other team in an initial Round Robin. This means 66 races in quick succession in Flights of three. Then we go onto play-offs, semis- and Finals.
Racing for the Royal Southern Match cup take place on a course set up off Hook shore in the vicinity of 'William' buoy. The general rule of thumb for spectators is to 'KEEP CLEAR' of racing. The diagram indicates the areas to keep clear and the best areas for spectators to drop anchor.
 
A Layman's Guide to Match Racing - Courtesy of ISAF
Match race sailing is easy to follow. A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other. With effective boat handling and prudent use of wind and currents, a trailing boat can escape the grasp of the leader and pass. The leader uses blocking techniques to hold the other boat back. This one-on-one duel is a game of strategy and tactics. There is only one winner.
THE COURSE
The boats sail upwind to mark W (the 'windward mark') where they round and set their spinnakers for mark L, which is placed in close proximity to the starting line. The yachts will sail back upwind to mark W, round, and begin the run to the finish line (start line) downwind. Legs 3 and 4 are a repeat of the first two legs. The four-leg course will take approximately 15 - 20 minutes to sail.
THE START
The race begins with a warning shot fired by the Race Committee Boat (flying a blue RC flag) seven minutes prior to the official start of the race. Another shot is fired at five minutes prior. The two boats (each flying either a blue or yellow flag) enter the start area from opposite ends of the starting line four minutes prior to the actual start. During the next four minutes, the boats will engage in a furious pre-start battle, in which each will try to gain an advantage over the other. The goal is to make the other boat cross the starting line early, which is a penalty, or to start legally ahead of the other boat.
LEG ONE:
The yacht which crosses the starting line first has a decided advantage because it can hinder the other boat by 'covering' it (blocking its wind). The trailing yacht will counter by tacking (altering course from one tack to the other) to gain clear wind. This usually results in a 'tacking duel' between the contestants. If the boats were even at the start, each uses speed and wind shifts to try to pull ahead.
After sailing to the first mark upwind, the boats will round the mark to starboard (clockwise), then set colourful spinnakers and race downwind, in what is called 'the run' to the second or 'leeward' mark.
LEG TWO
In this leg, the trailing boat has the advantage because it is in a position to 'cover' the leader and slow it down by blocking the wind from the leader's sails. The leader must then work to keep its air clear while positioning itself between the trailing boat and the next mark.
UMPIRING
Each race is officiated by two umpires in a small power boat who follow each pair of boats and make on-course penalty decisions. When a foul is allegedly committed, the umpire boat will fly one of the following flags: blue - the blue boat is penalized, yellow - the yellow boat is penalized, or green and white - there is no penalty. When a boat is penalized, it must complete a 270º penalty turn. The penalized boat may complete its penalty turn at any time during the race prior to the finish line. If penalties are offsetting, penalty turns need not be completed. Cumulative penalties are indicated by blue and yellow flags displayed on the umpires' boat. If one boat receives three penalties, it is disqualified and the race is over.
RULES
There are two basic right-of-way rules. The boat with the wind coming across its right, or starboard, side has the right of way and the other boat must stay clear. Within two boat lengths of a mark, the inside boat has the right to pass inside and ahead. The races are typically very close. Often, the winner is determined within several boat lengths of the finish line as the competitors take any outstanding penalty turns.
 
The event started in 2010 as the Royal Southern Academy Match Cup from joining together two basic ideas.
The first came from a request to the Academy by Solent University sailors to hold an Inter-University match race event, the first match racing at the Southern for many years.
The second came from a visit to the Warren Jones Youth Invitational held in Perth, Western Australia. This is such a great event that it raised the question, 'Why is no-one doing this in the UK?' We reached an understanding with Skip Lissiman, the organiser, that one day, we would run an event at which the Warren Jones winner would receive free entry and our winner would receive a free entry into the Warren Jones. It's taken us seven years, but welcome David Gilmour and team - the winners of the 2014 Warren Jones Invitational.
After our initial inter-University event, the Academy Committee thought - why not do more of this? And so on a steep learning curve the Academy Match Cup was set up, initially as a Grade 4 event and then also as a Qualifier for the RYA's National Match Racing Final. The Bill Foulkes Aladdin's Cave Trophy, very suitably a Genie's Magic Lamp, became the Prize and was won first by Sam Pearson, then Andy Shaw, and last year by Arthur Herreman from France, competing here again this year.
In 2013 the event, still run by the Academy team, became the Royal Southern Match Cup and an ISAF Grade 3 event but despite its name, still had no Cup.

In 2014 when the event was elevated to ISAF Grade 2, European Cup standard, and Keith Swinton from Perth won the 'Boysterous Cup'.

So in just four years, the event grew into a serious European contender, able to attract overseas Top 50 teams and provide a route for our talented young sailors to compete amongst the world's best.
In its fifth edition, it has joined the World Match Racing Tour.

Past Winners
2011: 1st - Sam Pearson, 2nd - Andy Shaw. 3rd - Ali Hall
2012: 1st - Andy Shaw, 2nd - Peter Nicholson (AUS), 3rd - Ali Hall
2013: 1st - Arthur Herreman (FRA), 2nd - Andy Shaw, 3rd - Philip Bendon
2014: 1st - Keith Swinton (AUS), 2nd - Ian Williams (GBR), 3rd - Reuben Corbett (NZL)
 

Match Racing Cup Files

 Open FileUpdatedSize 
Rule Amendments11/06/2015879.08 KBDownload
Pairing List11/06/201546.50 KBDownload
SI's V 311/06/2015324.82 KBDownload
RSrnYC Match Cup SIs11/06/2015290.76 KBDownload
CALL WMRT 0508/06/2015336.51 KBDownload
CALL WMRT 0408/06/2015355.92 KBDownload
CALL WMRT 0108/06/2015301.18 KBDownload
WMRT QA 108/06/2015402.45 KBDownload
NOR - WMRT Rule Amendments01/06/2015175.76 KBDownload
2015 NOR v301/06/2015263.72 KBDownload

Match Cup 2015 Supporting Partners


Member Club
International Council
of Yacht Clubs

Founder Member
Solent Cruising
Racing Association

RYA Training Centre
Accredited Club
RYA Champion Club
Recognising clubs
with a commitment
to youth sailing
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