49’er Gold Medallists Take On The Tour

49’er Gold Medallists Take On The Tour

  Danish Beijing Olympic Gold Medal Winners – Warrer and Kirketerp- take up Match Racing at World Match Racing Tour in Århus, Denmark


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Jonas Warrer (L) and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen of Denmark take to the sea at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

London, UK (16 July) – Denmark’s Olympic sailing gold medalists Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp are exchanging their 49´er dinghy for some serious Match Racing. After a wearing selection process and the ensuing drama in the medal race in China (which happily secured them and Denmark gold) they have decided to switch their attention to Match Racing. They have obtained one of the two wildcards to the Danish round of the World Match Racing Tour.The Danish Open will be sailed on the waters off Århus/Marselisborg from the 9th-13th September 2009.


Danish Open 2009 has issued one of its wild-card entries to two local ‘debutantes’ in recognition of their acheivements at the Beijing Olympics. Olympic gold medal winners Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp have been invited to ‘jump in at the deep end’ and compete at the oldest event in the professional World Match Racing Tour.


 « We needed to find a new motivation, a spark if you will, and Match Racing with its format is known for quick, intense competiveness -crew versus crew – where the ability to think quickly and react agressively earns results » explains Jonas Warrer. Warrer continues « There are many challenges and we will need to learn quickly – particularly to get a crew of 5 to work together. Luckily Denmark has a very well developed Match Racing environment and so we have all the conditions required to get the job done. »


Martin Kirketerp adds with a wry smile « We are going to have to get up very early to prepare ourselves to compete with the professionals but we know what we have to do and we will be fighting to the last – and in the time from now until September we will train, train and train up here in Århus. It is fantastic that the World Match Racing Tour -in the form of the Danish Open- is coming to Århus, it is going to bring a lot of extra focus on sail sport in the region. »


This Danish Open is organised by the Royal Danish Yacht Club in partnership with Sailing Aarhus and local government agency Sport Aarhus Events and is a part of the professional World Match Racing Tour – sailed at 10 venues across the World.


« It is fantastic that we have the sailing elite coming to Århus and even more fantastic that we can ourselves contribute with our own world class sailing stars. I am quite sure that we are going to witness a sporting event that is quite out of the ordinary on the bay here at Århus » explained councilor Jacob Bundsgaard Johansen.


The winner of the World Match Racing Tour is also crowned as ISAF´s official Match Racing World Champion. There will be 12 crews competing in Århus of these 8 are from the World ranking list for Match Racing, 2 crews qualify by winning nominated Tour Qualifier Series events and the event organisers have 2 wild card invitaions at their disposal.


Thomas Capitani Nielsen, a director of Sailing Aarhus: « It is fantastic that we can present World class Match Racing here in Århus. Our strategy in Sailing Aarhus is absolutely to attract large international sailing events to the city, and with the Danish Open comes the World’s elite. Add to that the offering of one of the sought after wild cards to our local heroes -Jonas and Martin – and we are sure that our local spectators are going to enjoy drama and excitement with a sprinkling of Olympic gold. With the establishment of the new Match Racing Aarhus in Århus Marina our local guys will have the best traiing facilities available to them, which given the competition, they may have some use for! »



For further information please contact:

Councilor for Culture and Citizen Service Jacob Bundsgaard Johansen, +45 8940 2381

Thomas Capitani Nielsen, Sailing Aarhus, +45 20 40 84 42

Finn Lyck, Sport Aarhus Events, +45 29 20 90 47

Morten Lorenzen, Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub, +45 20 26 01 38



The Danish Open is a part of the World Match Racing Tour, the Tour is sailed throughout the course of a year at 10 venues across the World: France, Germany, South Korea, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Brasil, Switzerland, Bermuda and Malaysia. As well as competing for the large prize purses the Tour also provides the official ISAF Match Racing World Champion. In 2008 the Danish round of the tour was sailed at Frederikshavn, and the winner there was the English sailor Ian Williams and his Bahrain Team Pindar who went on to be crowned World Champion for 2008. Read more on the Tour at www.worldmatchracingtour.com and on the Danish Open at www.danishopen.dk


Tour Standings
(After 5 of 10 events)


Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team

68 Points


Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch        

61 Points


Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing              

56 Points


Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team         

54 Points


Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar                   

49 Points


Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team

44 Points


Ben Ainslie, (GBR) Team Origin                 

40 Points


Sebastien Col (FRA) French Team/K-Challenge

33 Points


About the World Match Racing Tour:

  • The World Match Racing Tour is the leading professional sailing series featuring 10 World Championship events across the globe
  • The World Tour is sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with « Special Event » status
  • The World Tour awards over US$1.5million in prize money
  • Points are awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the ‘ISAF Match Racing World Champion’
  • Events utilize the same « match race » format used in the America’s Cup with racing taking place in identically supplied racing yachts which places a focuses on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore for the general public to follow the races as virtual on-the-water stadiums.
  • Media and television highlights coverage reaches over 600 million households in excess of 90 countries around the world.
  • World Match Racing Tour sponsors include Line 7, Pindar, Custom House, Travel Places, Wedgwood and Sail.TV








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Match Race Germany

Langenargen, Germany


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Korea Match Cup

Gyeonggi, Korea


June 16 – 21

Portugal Match Cup

Troia, Portugal


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Match Cup Sweden

Marstrand, Sweden


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St Moritz Match Race

St Moritz, Switzerland


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King Edward VII Gold Cup

Hamilton, Bermuda


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