More changes to the World Match Racing Tour as the new owners try to make the series live up to it’s full potential as a genuine sailing World Championship. The Portugal Match Cup, will move from Tróia, where is has been held for the last three years to Portimão.
The seventh edition of The Portugal Match Cupwill be held at the Marina of Portimão from June 22 – 27, 2010.
Following the new venue announcement, Justino de Sá Machado, President of Sun Sailing Team (rights owner to run the Portugal Match Cup) said,
“Back in 2004, we decided to place Portugal in the world sailing circuit, bringing to our waters one of the world’s most media worthy competitions – the ISAF World Match Racing Tour Portimão Portugal Match Cup. We are certain this event will help to enrich our biggest unique surrounding – the sea. This initiative demonstrates to the world the great potential of Portugal to meet the standard for sailing events through marine based events”.
Portimão has a growing reputation for hosting international yachting regattas such as the Audi Med Cup and will provide world class facilities for the world class profsessional sailors of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour to enjoy. The infrastructure that supports the sailors will be backed up by on-shore activities for fans at Portimão Marina. Racing conditions are also expected to be good.
The Algarve will be buzzing with intense match racing action throughout the 2010 summer season. In conjunction with the professional Portimão Portugal Match Cup there will be the Portimão Portugal Junior Cup, bringing 30 youths belonging to Portuguese national sailing clubs to Portimão. The world’s top female match racers will also be flocking to the venue to take part in the Portimão Portugal Women’s Cup.