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18 March 2005, 05:09 pm
First Qualifier This Weekend
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RYA National Match Racing Championships 2005
Sunbury, West London, Great Britain

This weekend, 19-20 March, sees the start of the National Match Racing Championships with the first qualifier being held at Queen Mary Sailing Club using the RYA's fleet of J80's.
Ten teams have entered including brothers Nick and Alex CHERRY, Josie GIBSON fresh from her success at the JP Morgan Winter Challenge, and 49er sailors Chris DRAPER and Malav SHROFF (IND) both having competed in the Athens Olympics in the 49er class.

The other teams entered for this weekend include Marcus VIVIAN (ESP), Archie MASSEY, Rob GRIEG-GRAN, Guy BREAREY and Ian SOUTHWORTH.

The National Match Racing Series includes the Clubs and Classes event in April and two further qualifiers in September. With the winners of these events and the Ladies Nationals, also in September, the Winners of the Volvo Youth Match Racing in August and the winners of the BUSA Match Racing going to the finals in October to be held at WPSA.

This year sees a change in format with the top three British Teams on the ISAF World Match Racing ranking list issued in July getting a by into the finals and a playoff event in September for those finishing second and third in the qualifiers to qualify for the final.

Dates of events:

19-20 March 2005
National Qualifier 1
QMSC

15-17 April 2005
BUSA Match Racing Championships
Rutland

14-15 May 2005
Clubs & Classes Championships
Rutland

13-14 August 2005
Volvo RYA Youth Match Racing Qualifier 1
WPSA

20-21 August 2005
Volvo RYA Youth Match Racing Qualifier 2
WPSA

27-29 August 2005
Volvo RYA Youth MR Championships
WPSA

11-12 September 2005
National Qualifier 2 & Women's Nationals
WPSA

24-25 September 2005
National Qualifier 3
WPSA

1-2 October 2005
Match Race Series Playoffs
WPSA

7-9 October 2005
National Match Racing Finals
WPSA

Jess Mapplebeck. Image:© Event Media
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