Hellenic Match Racing Tour

The Hellenic Match Racing Rules are designed to create very close, aggressive competition.

What is Match Racing

Match racing has its own set of rules, which are different from the regular ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing. The Match Racing Rules are designed to create very close, aggressive competition. Collisions are certainly not rare.

Match Racing has on-the-water umpiring, with officials deciding “instant justice” on the water. Match racing is tremendously exciting to participate in, and unlike some other sailing events, match racing is thrilling to watch. Before the start, the two boats vie for control of the start line, circling each other in a one on one match and trying to outwit each other in an elaborate game of cat and mouse.

Off the start line, and racing is by nip and tuck around a windward-leeward course, with a downwind finish. Races typically last 15-20 minutes. Racing a round robin series of qualification and final rounds, the overall winner isn’t usually decided until the the teams cross the finish line of the last race. The match racing course resembles an oval shape with the Start/Finish line close to shore.

The course consists of a starting line, between two marks, laid at right angles to the wind’s direction. The boats begin from the starting line and sail upwind to the first mark, which is rounded to the starboard (right side). They then take off downwind with spinnakers set, gybing as the duel continues to the downwind rounding mark that is located near the starting line. The boats round the marks 2-3 times before the winner crosses the Finish line.

The Hellenic Match Racing Boat, the International Platu 25 Class Association was formed as the owners association, to support the class and promote racing amongst owners around the world.

The Boat

The International Platu 25 Class Association was formed as the owners association, to support the class and promote racing amongst owners around the world. In November 2005, the class was recognised by the International Sailing Federation, which in turn entitled the class to hold an annual World Championship. There are two class builders, Beneteau in France and Extreme Sailing Products near Singapore.

An efficient, no nonsense deck layout has been designed to make the yacht easy to sail for either the novice or regatta veteran. Complete with sail and rig controls, emphasis has been placed on the careful placement of gear.

Configuration of a double swept-spreader, fractional rig with short over-lapping headsail and large mainsail will allow for a high performance rig that is strong and reliable yet allows for effective adjustment of sails for varying wind conditions. The large spinnaker is set on an “over-length” pole.

Hellenic Match Racing Tour - Match racing has its own set of rules, which are different from the regular ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing.

Match Racing Rules

When the wind comes across the boats on opposite sides, the boat with the wind on the left (port) side, must give way to the boat with the wind on the right (starboard) side. When the wind comes across the boats on the same side and they are not overlapped, the boat behind (clear astern) must keep clear of the boat (clear) ahead.

When the wind comes across the boats on the same side and they are overlapped, the boat on the windward (upwind) side must keep clear of the other leeward (downwind) boat.

Umpires follow each race and make instant penalty decisions. A green and white flag means no penalty, but a yellow or blue flag means the boat in the match with the corresponding flag flying on the back of their boat must take a penalty before finishing the race.

A penalty turn when sailing towards the wind means turning the stern of the boat through the wind and when sailing away from the wind a penalty is taken when the boat turns the bow through the wind.

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