San Diego match race centre

New training ground in California

Friday February 14th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
The USMRA (United States Match Racing Association) was created for sailing enthusiast seeking further education, knowledge and advancement into the world class sport of match racing. The USMRA promotes match racing, monitors results, and educates using match racing events
throughout the USA. The USMRA is a non profit association, supported through membership, donations, international sponsorship and fund raising.

Match Racing Background:

Match racing is a world recognized team sailing sport. In match racing competitors slog it out, one-on-one, to be the best of the best. Just like in the America¹s Cup races...but there¹s a catch! In organised match racing under the USMRA, each team must use identical boats, eliminating variations in design. Even the sails are identical, leaving only the variables of crew, boat handling, wind shifts, currents, strategy, and tactics.

USMRA Charter:

It is envisioned that the USMRA will become the established feeder system to the major worldwide match racing events that are mostly reserved for professionals.

Who¹s behind the USMRA:

The USMRA is headed by Director at large, James Herrera, a local San Diegian and sailing enthusiast, a transplant from the San Francisco bay area. James says: The need and the idea for the USMRA came after years of frustration racing in one-design fleets, under various handicap
rules, and in PHRF club races. Without proper certification, measurements and a monitoring system, people will look for loopholes. With this in mind, James determined what was needed, was a truly level playing field; a venue where the only variable is skill.

The Playing Field:

Starting this spring on the west coast, the USMRA will be promoting an exciting match race series deemed the 'Pacific Challenge Cup' Match Race Series. The USMRA with the combined efforts of local Yacht Clubs will in some events, through sponsorship offer an undisclosed purse to the
winner, bringing a new level of excitement to the venue. Cash prizes are made possible through private donations, fund raising from the events, membership, International sponsorship and local business owners.

Team advancement:

Match racing teams compete against each other for the coveted right to be the 'best of the best' on a local level, then compete for the rights of the regional finals through a formal challenge to rival Yacht Clubs in that region. After winning at the regional level, winners then advance to the national and then the international level. The winner of the international event may then advance to the worlds and maybe even further.

The Boats:

Everything is provided by the USMRA except the skipper and crew. The boats for USMRA events are none other than the world class TOM 28 Match Race from Italian designer Giovanni Ceccerelli of America¹s Cup fame. The TOM 28 is unique, as it was designed specifically for match racing by many of the professionals that make their living sailing in international touring events and racing circuits like the Swedish Match Tour and America¹s Cup. Every TOM 28 is identical in every respect. The boats are maintained by the local chapter for the USMRA and are available to USMRA members only. The TOM 28s are made available to each team prior each event for practice sessions. They can be purchased for private ownership and enjoyment and leased back for the events or purchased for donation to the USMRA for tax relief purposes. More about the TOM 28 can be found on the web at:

USMRA Membership:

Since it¹s inception just two months ago, The USMRA is supported by over 34 members in Southern California. The USMRA is actively seeking new members nationwide not only for racing events, but for chapter leadership positions within the organisation.

For more information about the USMRA, interested parties should contact:
James Herrera, Director at large @ 858.395.2288
or visit their new web site at:

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