Match Racing

Made popular by the America’s Cup, match racing pits one boat against another around a short two-lap windward/leeward course. This race format emphasizes the need for great boat speed, strong boat handling, teamwork and communication. Match racing will improve all aspects of your sailing, specifically your time-on-distance skills, starting line positioning, understanding of the rules, short course strategy and boat-on-boat tactics. Additionally, the tournament-style format makes it fun by maximizing the number of races per day.

The 2016 Test Rules for Match Racing

  • To read the 2016 Test Rules, the World Sailing briefing documents, and Dave Perry’s study guides, click here
  • To watch Dave Perry’s explanation of the 2016 Test Rules on YouTube, click here


The Dial Up

Click here to receive The Dial Up and to read archived editions. The Dial Up is a FREE e-newsletter covering all things Match Racing in North America. The  e-newsletter features:

  • a master calendar of match racing regattas and clinics for 2016
  • explanations of the 2016 Test Rules for Match Racing
  • promotion of upcoming major events

    photo by Lyn Hines,

  • regatta results
  • coaching tips
  • links to cool videos and websites.

Match Racing News & Rankings

The Dial Up, issue #11

Two U.S. Youth Teams to Compete in 2016 Youth Match Racing World Championship

Nevin Snow and Stephanie Roble Remain Number One U.S. Match Racers

NEW! Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race

The State of Match Racing in North America

Notice of Qualifying Series for 2016 U.S. Match Racing Championship

Notice of Qualifying Series for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship

Dave Perry Becomes Five-Time U.S. Match Racing Champion

Team Breault Wins U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship

Killian, Balboa Yacht Club Capture Second Rose Cup

North U Youth Match Racing Clinics Helping to Grow the Sport

Youth Sailors Brought Into the Huddle by Long Beach Yacht Club

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