Thursday, 26 February 2009

Sébastien Col Will Start 2009 World Match Racing Tour Season in Marseille

Sébastien Col. Image copyright

by Stephanie Nadin

Back from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland, New Zealand, where Sébastien Col led K-Challenge's team against the best America's Cup skippers to launch the 2009 season, he will race again with most of them this year on the World Match Racing Tour. Sébastien will have the goal to reach what he missed last year for a few points only: the Match Racing World Champion title.

So this season looks very promising in terms of sailing show and duels, as most of these “top skippers” will already start the tour at the Marseille International Match Race in order to put all the chances on their side, and to get points, as the MIMR becomes this year the first official event of “sailing's ATP tour”, which is the World Match Racing Tour.

The competition will take place from 9 to 14 March on Marseille's fabulous race course, and will be organized with the support of YCPR (Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge), which is Sébastien Col's yacht club.

Six teams are already qualified thanks to the new World Tour cards for all the World Tour's events:

Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar – 2 x defending ISAF Match Racing World Champion.
Sébastien Col (FRA) French Team/K-Challenge – America’s Cup helmsman and ISAF ranked number one match racer
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Team/Team French Spirit
Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Shosholoza
Adam Minoprio (NZL) Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch Racing
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team

Other top teams are also planning to compete in this year's World Match Racing Tour, such as Ben Ainslie (Team Origin) or Magnus Holmberg (Victory Challenge).

Sébastien Col's team in Marseille will be formed of Christophe Andre, Gilles Favennec and Pascal Rambeau.

Sébastien Col: "I´m very happy for my club, YCPR, and all the club members who helped this event to grow year by year with the support of the French Sailing Federation. It is a great asset for us to have a World Match Racing Tour's event here. We start this season leading the world ranking, and we will prepare the event with a training with the French team in Marseille with our sparring partners. I´m looking forward to sailing again with Pascal Rambeau, as we did a very good test together last year: we won a grade 1 event in Berlin. Everybody in our team was happy to sail with Pascal. With Christophe André and Gilles Favennec, we have a very good team. It is up to us to be good and to work properly!”

Sébastien Col and his crew will take part this year to the ten events in the World Match Racing Tour's programme, and they will also sail the Congressional Cup (Long Beach, California, 23-28 March).

Sébastien Col

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