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25 July 2001, 03:59 pm
Seven Boats Will Compete At Weymouth
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United Airlines RYA Match Racing Open

Seven America's Cup syndicates have confirmed they will be taking part in the United Airlines RYA Match Racing Open Championship, from 16 - 20 September in Great Britain.
The regatta, Britain's new and only grade one match racing event, is to be held during 16 - 20 September at the Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy. The entries include:

Skipper America's Cup Syndicate Country
Ian Walker GBR Challenge UK
Andy Green GBR Challenge UK
Chris Main GBR Challenge UK
Ben Ainslie One World USA
John Cutler Oracle USA
Gavin Brady Prada Italy
Paolo Cian Onorato Challenge Italy
Morten Henriksen Illbruck Challenge Germany
Sebastian Destremeau Le Defi France

John Derbyshire, the Racing Manager for the Royal Yachting Association, commented: "I'm delighted to see that seven America's Cup syndicates will be racing in the United Airlines RYA Match Racing Open Championship. Its wonderful that Britain will be hosting a grade one match racing event and I am looking forward to seeing crews of such calibre competing."

The United Airlines RYA Match Race Open Championships will be sailed in the RYA fleet of First Class 8's, which will be modified for this event. In addition to having new sails for the regatta, the boats will be fitted with runners, ballasts and helm restrictions which will make them more difficult to sail. Crews will consist of 5 sailors with a weight limit of 437.5 kg.

The top four boats in the United Airlines RYA British Finals will qualify for the United Airlines RYA Open event and given the chance to compete against some of the best sailors in the world. So far, Mark Campbell-James has qualified for the United Airlines RYA British Match Racing Championship by winning both the BUSA and Qualifier One events earlier in the year along with Simon Shaw and John Greenland.

Melissa Tamres, United Airlines Sponsorship Manager, said "As a long term supporter of sailing in the UK we are very pleased to have such an outstanding group of sailors participating in this regatta. We hope that the event will provide an opportunity for young British sailors to compete against the best in the world and for the British public to see top level International match racing on their doorstep."

The schedule for the United Airlines RYA Match Racing Open is as follows:

Date Race
16th September Practice
17th September 18th September Round Robin
19th September Quarter Finals
20th September Semi Finals and Finals

Karen Parker/News Editor
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