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16 March 2007, 09:00 am
2007 Team Worlds Back For September
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ISAF Team Racing World Championship 2007
Gandia, Spain

The 2007 ISAF Team Racing World Championship is back on the sailing calendar, following a late bid by the Real Club Nautico Gandia to host the Championship in late September. In its seventh edition, the ISAF Team Racing Worlds is heading for the Mediterranean, with Gandia, Spain, 70 km south of Valencia, set to play host to a feast of short races, small course and supreme boat handling skills.
The Real Club Nautico Gandia
will host the 2007 Worlds
? Real Club Nautico Gandia

Overlooked by the Real Club Nautico Gandia clubhouse, Gandia's port, the breakwater and marina will form an amphitheatre, providing spectators with a spectacular view of this spectacular sailing discipline.

With short courses, races-a-plenty and frenetic action guaranteed, team racing is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Gandia should provide conditions similar to those facing the America's Cup teams a little further south along the Mediterranean coast at Valencia. A 6-8 knot northeasterly sea breeze starts around 11:00, moving round to a southwesterly and building up to 16 knots through the day. With weather conditions between 22-26?C and sunny blue skies, the late September date will provide the ideal bridge between the end of the European team racing season and the start of racing down under.

With the racing area sheltered by the breakwater and marina, the courses have little waves or swell ? ideal conditions for team racing.

Bumper Anniversary Year

As well as 2007 being ISAF's Centenary year, it also marks the 50th anniversary of the Real Club Nautico Gandia, with the ISAF Team Racing World Championship providing a centrepiece to their celebrations.

The 2005 Team Worlds took place
out of the New York Yacht Club
? Matthew Cohen

Racing will take place in 20 supplied 420s, with a weight limit of 130 kg per crew per boat. For the first time, the Worlds will be joined by an Under 21 competition (as approved by the ISAF Council in November 2006). ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) may enter up to three teams but not more than two per competition.

For more details visit the ISAF Team Racing World Championship microsite - www.sailing.org/teamworlds.

To view the Notice of Race CLICK HERE.

Chris ATKINS (GBR), Chairman of the ISAF Team Racing Sub-Committee, was excited when visiting the venue last week, 'We know that six months notice is not ideal, but it will be a fantastic sailing event! Perfect venue, excellent club and organizers with a lot of experience! It can't be better!'

Rafa GONZALEZ, Competition Director of the Real Federaci?n Espa?ola de Vela, 'We are very proud that the ISAF Team Racing Worlds will take place in Spain in ISAF's Centenary year. The waters of the Bay of Valencia will be a the focus for sailors from all around the World from April with the last Louis Vuitton Act, the America's Cup and will end the Team Racing event in Gandia.'

ISAF. The ISAF Team Racing World Trophy:© Tomas Turo
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