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

2021 dates: 

2021 Events Boats Venue Enter
26-27 June U19 Championships  Elliotts  WPNSA  
10-11 July Summer Match Racing 2 707s Royal Corinthian YC, Burnham-on-Crouch
4-5 Sept Harken Youth Championships Elliotts WPNSA
11-12 Sept Marlow Ropes Women's Championships Elliotts WPNSA
2-3 Oct Summer Match Racing 3 RS21s Poole YC
9-10 Oct Summer Match Racing 4 (Ceilidh Cup) Sonars RN&CYC, Helensburgh
29-31 Oct National Match Racing Grand Finals RS21s QMSC Invite only

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

Notice of Race inc Amendment 3

Includes amendments 1, 2 & 3

Damage Addendum

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

NoR Amendment 1

Change of date for Hyde Sails Under 19 Match Racing Championships. Moving all damage notices to separate addendum (A).

NoR Amendment 2

Universities wishing to enter the Ceilidh Cup (SMR4) will be allocated one space per university until the earlybird deadline. Correction of entry fee for same event.

NoR Amendment 3

change of venue for Summer Match Race 3 to Poole YC; removal of gender rule from Hyde Sails Under 19 championships; confirming that coaches will be on board during

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

Original Notice of Race with no amendments

Schools Match Racing Championships 2021 Notice of Race

Moody Decking Schools Match Racing Championships 2021 Notice of Race

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