World Match Racing
World Match Racing

The world’s top match racing sailors from the U.S. and nine additional countries have traveled to Newport to participate in the World Match Racing Tour, a high-speed stadium racing event within yards of the shoreline of Fort Adams State Park. 

Spectators will enjoy watching the sheer power of the M32 catamarans as they skip over the water with their helmeted crews hiking out on “racks” mounted outboard of the hulls.

The event also features live play-by-play commentary as well as music, food, family lawn games, a hospitality tent, and an M32 for kids to experience what it’s like onboard. The event is open to the public, with no admission fee and free parking.

Full Schedule of Events

(All racing times subject to weather)

MONDAY, MAY 30

  • 9:30 a.m. Boats leave dock
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fleet Racing – 16 Races Planned (4 races per group of 5 teams)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Try Sailing-Free to public – all ages
  • 6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony – open to public

TUESDAY, MAY 31 

  • 9:30 a.m. Boats leave dock
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Fleet Racing -16 Races planned (4 races per group of 5 teams)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Try Sailing-Free to public – all ages

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

  • 9:30 a.m. Boats leave dock
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Match racing “sail-off” between bottom 8 teams from Fleet Racing (8 races) – bottom 4 go home. Start of “Super 16” match racing knockout (up to 15 races)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Try Sailing-Free to public – all ages

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

  • 9:30 a.m. Boats leave dock
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. – RACING MATCH RACING (up to 15 races)
  • Pro-Am Racing in afternoon (2 to 4 races)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Try Sailing-Free to public – all ages

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

  • 9:30 a.m. Boats leave dock
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. – RACING Quarter-finals (20 races)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Try Sailing-Free to public – all ages

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

  • 9:30 a.m. Boats leave dock
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon – Try Sailing-Free to public – all ages
  • 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. – RACING
  • Match Racing Semi-Finals (8 to 10 races)
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Match Racing Finals, Television Coverage
  • After Racing: Awards Ceremony, open to the public

For more information and updates, visit www.wmrt.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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