Match Racing

In many ways the simplest form of racing.

One on one competition in any one design boat.

The reality is an extremely challenging dual that test, tactics, strategy, rules knowledge and application, boathandling and teamwork.


RYA Match Racing is a sailors first step towards elite match racing events such as the the Women's or Youth match racing worlds, the Nations Cup and World Match Racing Tour.

The leading World and British match racers, Lucy MacGregor, Ian Williams, Ben Ainslie, Paul Campbell-James, David Carr, and Nick Hutton, began their sailing careers by competing in the National Match Racing Championship.

Find out about the starting procedure, the course, penalties and other aspects of Match Racing

We use to produce real time updates to results for our events. Click here to see the full results for all RYA Match Racing events since 2018


The RYA provides support for teams looking to develop their skills on the international stage. Find out the criteria, and how to apply here

RYA National Match Racing Championship

2022 dates: 






2-3 July

Summer Match Racing 1 (G4)


Royal Corinthian YC, Burnham-on-Crouch


9-10 July

U19 Championships


Queen Mary SC


3-4 Sept

Harken Youth Championships (G3) (Youth = U23)


Cardiff Bay YC


10-11 Sept

Marlow Ropes Women’s Championships



24-25 Sept

Summer Match Racing 2 (G4)




8-9 Oct

Summer Match Racing 3 – Ceilidh Cup (G4)


Royal Northern & Clyde YC


21-23 Oct

RYA National Match Racing Championship Grand Final


Royal Southern YC

Invitation Only

 26-27 Nov Schools Match Racing Championships RS21  Royal Southern YC  


Online entry ONLY. Each event will require a new login (this can be the same one), as the entry system does not share information between events.  Crews are also required to enter online once the skipper has had their entry accepted.

Any sailors under the age of 18 are required to ask their parent/guardian to complete the consent form below

The Championship Grand Final is for British teams by invitation only.  Wildcards - see NOR for details for how to apply.

Damage Addendum

Information on how any damage will be assessed and charged for in lieu of a physical damage deposit

Parental Consent form

All sailors under the age of 18 must have this form completed before attending the event by their parent or guardian

World Sailing Sailor ID

All skippers must have a World Sailing Sailor ID to enter a match racing event. click the link to fill in the form

Notice of Race 2022

Notice of Race 2022

2022 NOR Amendment 1

Amendment 1 - 24th May 2022

International events

World Sailing have a calendar listing all graded events. Find out where your next Match Racing event might be here.

World Rankings

The World Sailing Women's and Open Match Race Rankings are updated every month. Find out who is the best and where you are.

Past event winners

Individual event winners since 2009