Chicago to stage World Match Racing Tour’s US leg

Illinois-based city returns to host sailing tour stopover for first time since 2014.

Chicago to stage World Match Racing Tour’s US leg

Chicago has been revealed as the host city for the US stopover of the 2017 World Match Racing Tour annual sailing competition.

The city’s Navy Pier will stage the fifth championship-level stop, which is scheduled to take place between 26th September and 1st October. 

The Chicago Match Race Centre and Chicago Yacht Club will co-host the event, having previously organised successful tour stops in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  

The World Match Racing Tour holds ‘special event’ status from the World Sailing, the sport’s governing body, and is widely viewed as a stepping stone for the next generation of America’s Cup competitors. Chicago recently staged the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in 2016.

Tod Reynolds, executive director of the Chicago Match Race Centre, said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to host the World Match Racing Tour again in the heart of America with the next generation of top sailors competing.”

Robert Magnusson, chief executive of the World Match Racing Tour, added: “The Chicago Match Race Centre, and its founder Don Wilson, are strong supporters of the competitive M32 class catamaran we use on the tour and so to host a local event in partnership with the World Match Racing Tour is a natural progression for the centre.

“The people of Chicago embraced the tour back in the monohull era, and their support of the Americas Cup World Series shows that they also embrace modern catamaran racing. With Chicago Match Race Centre also hosting the 2017 M32 North American Championship and the 2018 M32 World Championship, there is clearly appetite in Chicago for this high-performance type of racing.”