Thursday, 7 April 2011

WMRT: Volvo Replaces UBS as one of Main Partners to St Moritz Match Race

Volvo becomes St. Moritz Match Race and Volvo Match Race Cup Main Partner

Volvo Cars Switzerland joins Badrutt's Palace Hotel as main partner of Switzerland's leading professional sailing competition. The Glattbrugg-based company will also support the Volvo Match Race Cup, a national match racing event that culminates with a Swiss Championship in Zug

Misty morning on St Moritzersee. Image copyright Ian Roman/Subzero Images/WMRT.

by Bernard Schopfer

Volvo Cars Switzerland confirms its commitment to match racing in Switzerland and becomes one of the main partners of St. Moritz Match Race, the country's leading professional sailing competition. Volvo has also committed to title sponsorship of the Volvo Match Race Cup, a national circuit that includes a qualifying Stage in Kreuzlingen and a national championship that will allow a Swiss team to qualify directly for St. Moritz Match Race.

“We are very pleased to support St. Moritz Match Race and to become one of the main partners of this event,” comments Anouk Poelmann, President of Volvo Cars Switzerland. “Our support for St. Moritz Match Race is in keeping with the international strategy of the brand which has been involved in competitive sailing at the highest. level for over a decade.”

The next edition of St. Moritz Match Race, scheduled from 30 August until 4 September, will be the seventh event of the nine-stage World Match Racing Tour. The WMRT is the official professional match racing series sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and it awards the official match racing world championship title annually.

“We have been running St. Moritz Match Race for nine years,” says Christian Scherrer, President of the Organising committee. “Volvo's support confirms the quality of our organisation and the leading role it occupies in the discipline's international calendar. Over the years, St. Moritz Match Race has provided an opportunity for the specialists of this sport to discover the beautiful region of Engadin and for the public to learn that we can consistently deliver a sailing competition of the highest international standard in Switzerland. I am happy that Volvo – already very active in sailing sponsorship worldwide – also supports the leading professional match racing competition in Switzerland.”

Volvo has been involved in yacht racing for a decade. The Swedish firm's main involvement is with the Volvo Ocean Race, a fully-crewed round the world competition. Volvo Cars Switzerland has been involved in match racing in Switzerland through St. Moritz Match Race for two years – becoming the event's main partner and associating with the Volvo Match Race Cup now emphasises this commitment.

Eight teams will race for the Volvo Match Race Cup in Kreuzlingen from 29 April until 1 May. The top two teams will gain entry to the Swiss Match Racing Championship in Zug from 2 until 5 June where they will race the top Swiss ISAF ranked teams, among them, Eric Monnin, Jérôme Clerc, Marcel Walser and Roger Stocker.

The Swiss champion will be invited to St. Moritz Match Race to compete against the world's greatest match racers.

Volvo Match Race Cup calendar:
Volvo Match Race Cup Qualifier, Kreuzlingen, 29 April-1 May
Volvo Match Race Cup Final / Swiss Match Racing Championship, Zug, 2-5 June

World Match Racing Tour – Swiss Stage
St. Moritz Match Race: 30 August-4 September

For further information on the St. Moritz Match Race: