Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
20 Dec 14
Jim Gale, RSHYR media
The ISAF Nations Cup, which was first introduced to the world in 1991, is based on a series of Regional Finals with the top crews meeting at a Grand Final. The aim of the event is to broaden the availability of match racing and provide international competition for national authorities and sailors at reasonable cost, whilst acting as an incentive for national match racing programmes.
Held six times previously, the ISAF Nations Cup triggers a pyramid of events, with nations holding club and then national championships to select their teams to attend the Regional Finals, which in turn lead to the Grand Final, where nations are pitted against each other, creating a sound, viable and appealing series of events. It is about Nations and not skippers to determine the Open and Women's World Champion Nation in match racing.
Each Regional Final, which will have an Open and Women's division, with entries limited to one entry from each of the nations within that region eligible to participate, thus promoting a continental event and ensuring that all nations have the opportunity to participate.
Regional Finals will be held over a maximum of four days, with one or more crews going through to the 2013 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final. As in the past, the Regional Finals will offer the opportunity for ISAF Match Racing Clinics prior to the event.
The ISAF Nations Cup 2011 was a successful event with competitors from more than 40 Nations all around the globe. The Regional Finals were organised in Cape Town (RSA), Doha (QAT), Gmunden (AUT), Gdynia (POL), Fort Worth Texas (USA), Sydney (AUS), Porto Alegre (BRA) whilst Sheboygan, Wisconsin played the host of the Grand Final.
Sheboygan on the waters of Lake Michigan saw some of the world's best match racers representing their home country in the battle for the Nations Cup trophies in the ISAF Grade 1 Grand Final. Claire Leroy (FRA), ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2007 and recent World Champion and the up and coming Laurie Jury (NZL) battled strong winds and big waves to take home the ISAF Nations Cup 2011 for France and New Zealand.
ISAF is now seeking bids from organisers around the world to host Regional Finals during 2012-13 and the Grand Final in 2013. The event organisers must have the full endorsement from their national federation (MNA).
For further information please read the attached document or contact Antonio González de la Madrid at the ISAF Secretariat or Michael O'Connor, Chair of the ISAF Nations Cup Working Party. Bid deadline is 26 March 2012.
ISAF Nations Cup
A primary objective is to attract new countries and new teams to this exciting discipline - in 1991 Ed Baird (USA) won the first ISAF Nation's Cup.
Many great match racers today in the Americas Cup, the World Match Racing Tour and the 2012 Olympics have come up through this event. Examples would be Mathieu Richard (FRA), Bertrand Pace (FRA), Claire Leroy (FRA), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Lucy Macgregor (GBR), Peter Holmberg (ISV), Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS), Jesper Bank (DEN), Murray Jones (NZL), Damien Iehl (FRA), Nicky Souter (AUS)
Past locations to host the Regional and Grand Finals have been in recent times:
|Grand Final||Regional Finals|
|2006||Cork, Ireland||FIN, POR, SLO, GBR, ISV, BRA, UAE, NZL|
|2009||Porto Alegre, Brazil||FRA, NZL, ITA, ARG, USA, IRL, IND|
|2011||Sheboygan, USA||RSA, QAT, AUT, POL, USA, AUS, BRA|