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Images above courtesy World Match Racing Tour.

MISSION: To promote the sport of sailing to the public through match racing around the world at all levels of the sport; to support and advance the events and the sailors who compete in them.

The Match Racing Association, Inc. (MRA) is a Bermuda-based corporation with membership comprised of the leading match race sailing events and sailors in the world.

The goal of the MRA is to promote the sport of match race sailing globally by fostering the highest quality competitions and providing access to all sailors. The MRA was established in 1985 in Long Beach, CA. when representatives of five founding member events organized the first match race sailing series in the world. This action was precipitated by interest from America's Cup teams looking for a forum to match race in a annual series of events leading up to the America's Cup. In fact, many of the events are organized around the challenges for the America's Cup in conjunction with their efforts to host the top international competitors in their venue. For example: The Nippon Cup in Japan is organized under the auspices of the Nippon Ocean Racing Club whose Nippon Challenge is one of several syndicates challenging for the America's Cup. The Steinlager Cup, one of the founding member events, is organized by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron whose Team New Zealand won the 1995 America's Cup. The MRA comprise the annual series of events for America's Cup sailors and sailors aspiring to compete in the Cup.