Six teams will gather tomorrow at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for their practice session for the ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania, sailing in the Elliott 6.0m boats. Racing commences on Thursday 12 May and concludes on Saturday 14 May
Three teams representing Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia will compete in the Open division, with three teams from Australia, New Zealand and Japan competing in the Women's division.
(NZL) and his crew of Logan Fraser
and Michael Edmonds
are the highest ISAF ranked open team at #29 in the world. Jury recently finished fourth in the Korea Match Cup qualifier earlier this month and placed first in the New Zealand qualifier in March this year. He has also competed in several European regattas last year.
(AUS) is the highest ranked Australian and second highest ranked for this event (43). Walker qualified for this event after winning the Australian Match Racing Championship in November last year with a mixed crew that included Olivia Price
, Amanda Scrivenor
and Jack Hubbard
Walker stamped himself as one of the nation's outstanding young match racing helmsmen after that win. He then went on to win the Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta and Warren Jones International Youth Regatta
that provide him entry into some of the most high profile international match racing events throughout this year; including the Korea Match Cup where Walker finished third and the Open de Espana where he placed seventh.
Representing New Caledonia, Tugdual Piriou
and his team of Remy Desbordes, Josselin Dupont and Alexandre Plantey are the only non ranked team competing in the Open division.
(AUS) is the highest ranked women's skipper at #61, and will sail with Nina Curtis
, Hayley Outteridge
and Rayshele Martin
for this event. Price is a member of the Australian Women's Match Racing team in training for the 2012 Olympics, and won the CYCA's Marinassess Women's Match Racing regatta
with fellow AWMRT team members Nicky Souter
, Curtis and Olympian Karyn Gojnich
in February this year. Price qualified for this event after finishing second in the Australian Women's Match Racing Championship to New Zealand's Stephanie Hazard
Maiko Sata and her crew of Makiko Matsuishi
, Chie Takeuchi
and Satsuki Ogawa
will represent Japan in the women's division. An Olympian in 2000 and 2004, Sata is also an accomplished Laser sailor and has been competing recently in open match racing events in Japan.
Olivia Powrie and her crew of Miranda Powrie, Jo Aleh and Merran Walbridge will represent New Zealand after qualifying first in the New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championship in March this year. Powrie is also an accomplished 470 sailor placing second in the 470 world championships last year.
The ISAF Nations Cup is a global competition to find the world's top match racing nations in both open and women's events and to develop match racing infrastructure around the world. The Nations Cup encompasses a series of eight Regional Finals from March to July 2011, from which the top team will qualify for the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, which will take place in Sheboygan, USA from 13-18 September 2011.
Nations Cup Microsite.