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Match Racing is a type of sailboat racing: two boats race one another at a time. Every boat in a regatta races one another in a round robin series, oftentimes, a double round robin series is run before there is a semi-finals, petit finals and finals. Match Racing uses an adjusted set of racing rules. For example, all marks are rounded to starboard rather than port, like in fleet racing. The rules have been adjusted for tactical purposes primarily. There is a Women's International Match Race circuit as well as a Men's International Match Race Circuit. The Women's circuit is organized through WIMRA, http://www.wimra.org/; the Men's circuit is organized by World Tour, http://www.worldmatchracingtour.com/. There are many different classes of boats used for match racing, some have been designed explicitly for match racing, while most are common and easily accessible. Boats are always provided by the event. There are three 'grades' of match race events. Grade one events are invitation only and are based on world ranking. Other events are by resume and/or by invitation.