Rolex Middle Sea Race
21 Oct 14
After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race.
This year 14 skippers and their teams will battle for the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Trophy. A round robin followed by a repechage will narrow the line up for the knockout stages down to eight, with quarter- and semi-finals followed by the grand finale, the final of the 2008 BSPORT ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, scheduled for Sunday 6 April.
The tenth edition of the ISAF Women's World Championship will also be the first held in the Southern Hemisphere, with the world's top women match racers set to go head to head in Auckland, New Zealand from 1-6 April.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, winner of the 1995 and 2000 America's Cup, will host the 2008 Worlds. Racing on Waitemata Harbour will take place in ten Elliott 6m boats owned by the Squadron and used for the New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championship over the last few years.
On 1 April 2008 the Opening Ceremony at the RNZYS will get the Worlds underway, with the final, to decide the 2008 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion, scheduled for 6 April.
John CRAWFORD, RNZYS Commodore, is looking forward to host the Worlds, "We have the world class resources to run this event!" he said. "Ten fully equalized boats, experienced Race and Boat Management teams, a great umpire team, including America's Cup Umpires - we are really looking forward to hosting this world class competition."
Sara ROBERTS, RNZYS Sailing Manager and a former match racer, added, "It is a great opportunity to see the world's best girls here in Auckland. We are sure that we will have a real World Championship on a very high level!"
|2008 ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds Notice of Race||Notice of Race for the 2008 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship|
Zoe Hawkins, Media Liaison
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Sara Roberts, Sailing Manager, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
tel: +64 9 360 6809
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