- by Andrea Maslovar
The European Match Race Tour will feature another 7 qualifying events and a Grand Final for its third edition. After great experience hosting last year’s qualifying regatta and then also the Grand Final, PMYC will be a host of the second event this year from 22 to 24 March. The 2019 tour consists of the proven and well-known format as in the previous two editions. Europe’s best skippers will be able to earn points at seven qualifying events to qualify themselves for the Grand Final with double points. In addition, there will be a separate U23 ranking and U23 European Tour champion as well as a woman only ranking list. These two ranking lists and titles shall highlight the diversity of match racing in Europe and be a stepping stone for young and up-and-coming teams into the match racing circuit. The opening event will be traditionally at Sibenik on the Dalmatian coast, where skippers have the chance to try out the conditions for the season finale. The next stage will take place a bit further south the Adriatic coastline at Tivat’s Porto Montenegro followed by the stop-over on Austria’s Lake Neusiedl before heading south again to Romania for the first visit of the pitorsk fishermen town of Limanu. Two events on the Baltic will follow – Gothenburg in Sweden and Swinoujscie in Poland – before the last event of round one in Italy’s match race Eldorado at Ledro. The tour will finish with the Grand Final 2019 at Sibenik in Mid-October.
“We are very excited about the 2019 calendar and we look forward to defending our title,” explained Piotr Harasimowicz, the winner of the 2018 European Match Race Tour, “We believe the format is great and again many of Europe’s best match race skippers will take part in it!