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7 January 2009, 10:42 am
ISAF Invites Applications From Member Nations For Women's Match Racing Olympic Equipment
The Elliott 6m in action at the 2008 BSPORT ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Auckland
The Elliott 6m in action at the 2008 BSPORT ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship

ISAF is inviting Member National Authorities (MNAs) to place orders for the Elliott 6m, the boat chosen as equipment for the Women's Match Racing event at the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
ISAF is pleased to announce that the ISAF Secretariat will be controlling distribution of the Elliott 6m for the first 80 boats or until 1 January 2010. Elliott Marine Ltd. will not be taking orders directly before this time.

ISAF is inviting applications for orders for the Elliott 6m before 1 March 2009. ISAF will consider orders from MNAs or individuals or organisations authorized by MNAs.

Jason SMITHWICK, Head of the ISAF Technical and Offshore Department, said, "Whilst ISAF is keen to stress that match racing as a discipline is not equipment-driven, we understand the desire of our member nations to begin racing and training in the boat that will be used at the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. By controlling the initial distribution of the Elliott 6m, ISAF can hope to ensure all nations have an equal opportunity to purchase the new women's match racing equipment. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase a new area of our sport at the Olympic Games and a fantastic boat in which to do it."

Placing An Order

To place an order for the Elliott 6m then please contact the ISAF Secretariat. Orders will be expected to be authorized by the MNA. Orders should be on the MNA letterhead and shall be signed by the President, Chairman, or Secretary of that Member.

More detailed information will be available from Elliott Marine Ltd. regarding the purchase contract, delivery and also advice on shipping etc. upon receipt of application.

The Elliott 6m is designed to fit four boats in a 40 foot container for shipping.

Match racing is not an equipment-driven part of our sport and ISAF encourage MNAs to identify similar suitable equipment for athlete training and development purposes until such a time they have access to the Elliott 6m

Details of the Distribution and Order protocol can be seen below.

Elliott 6m Distribution and Order Protocol

1. Distribution

a. ISAF will control the distribution of the first 80 boats and spars until 1 January 2010. Elliott Marine Ltd. will not take orders directly until this time.

b. ISAF will invite orders from MNAs by the deadline of 1 March 2009.

c. Orders only from MNAs or ratified by MNAs will be considered.

d. Orders that specifically agree to allow other MNAs access to the boats will be advantageous.

e. After the initial order deadline 1 March 2009, The ISAF Secretariat, in its sole discretion, will then allocate distribution based on the orders received. Distribution will be prioritised with the intention of placing as many boats with a worldwide distribution in the shortest space of time and with the maximum access of boats to MNAs.

f. Orders received after 1 March 2009 deadline will be allocated at the end of the original list and will be prioritised in the same manner as above.

2. Order and Payment Protocol

a. The base cost of the complete boat is US$27,700 ex Factory China ex sails.

b. ISAF allocates hull numbers from number three onwards and groups them in lots of four, if possible, for distribution.

c. Elliott Marine Ltd invoices each ISAF nominated MNA customer 15% of base purchase cost US$4,155.00 to secure the building slot. The slot is not considered taken unless deposit is paid.

d. On receipt of the deposit Elliott Marine Ltd orders the ISAF plaque and pays the fee to ISAF.

e. One month prior to start of construction, 50% of base purchase price is invoiced by Elliott Marine Ltd to the customer.

f. Ten days prior to dispatch final payment is due to Elliott Marine Ltd. i.e. 35% of base purchase cost plus extras and shipping if applicable. The container is despatched on receipt of final payment.

g. If at any point payment is not received Elliott Marine Ltd. will inform ISAF and they will allocate that slot promptly to the next in the list.

For further details please contact the ISAF Technical and Offshore Department at

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