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ISAF Nations Cup 2006

The ISAF Nations Cup is set to pit nation against nation in a series of match racing battles next year to decide the number one match racing nation. The entry deadline of 15 December 2005 is fast approaching for MNAs to submit their invitation request form and nominate their team skipper.
First held in 1991, the ISAF Nations Cup has been contested twice since in 1993 and 1995, with the Grand Finals taking place in Barcelona, Spain, Hoorn, the Netherlands and San Francisco, USA respectively. The inaugural event was won by Ed BAIRD (USA) who has since gone on to win the ISAF Match Racing World Championship three times, took the helm for the America's Cup Defenders Alinghi (SUI) during the most recent Louis Vuitton Acts in Trapani, Italy and currently leads the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.

Two years later the Cup went to the Netherland's Olympic medallist Roy HEINER on his home waters and Sweden's Helena STRANG. Whilst in 1995 in San Francisco, South Africa's Bruce SAVAGE won the open title with the honours in the women's event going to Australia's Susan WALTERS.

Next year the Nations Cup Grand Final will take place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Ireland from 5-9 September 2006. Eight separate venues will host the Regional Finals as detailed in the table below.

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Action from the 1995 Final between
South Africa and Denmark

Entry Procedure

At the Regional Finals, up to ten entries in each division (open and women) will be accepted, on a first come first served basis. MNA's will be allocated to Regional Finals by ISAF on a regional basis as far as possible.

MNA's should request an invitation by 15 December, 2005, nominating their skipper, and ISAF will respond with an invitation to enter. If more than ten entries are received at a Regional Final, the entries may be split and a second Regional Final held for that 'region'. Such a split may be done based on skipper points, in the same manner as splitting skippers into groups for a round robin series.

The closing date for MNA's to apply for a place at a Regional Final and for the current holders of the Nations Cup for men and women and the host nation of the Grand Final, Ireland to confirm their participation at the Grand Final is 15 December 2005. After that date individual skipper entries from Nations whose MNA has not applied for a place will be considered and that entry must be subsequently endorsed by their MNA.

A Cup For All Nations

Contested in supplied equipment, the ISAF Nations Cup represents a test solely of match racing skill with both small and large nations able to compete on a level playing field. Clinics in match racing rules, tactics and strategy, as well as in umpiring techniques and race committee procedures will precede the Regional Finals when appropriate and when requested, meaning the Nations Cup is not just a Championship which highlights match racing excellence, but also acts as an educational tool.

The Notice of Race and Invite Request Form for the Regional Finals and Grand Final is available on the ISAF Nations Cup microsite -

Regional Finals

Group Region Host Nation Host Club Equipment Dates
Group A - Open Europe 1 Helsinki, Finland NJK Match Race Center J/80 15-18 June
Group A - Women Europe 1 Caniçal, Machico, Madeira, Portugal Quinta do Lorde Yacht Club J/22 2-7 May
Group B - Open/Women Europe 2 Izola, Slovenia Jadralno Društvo J/24 J/24 29 June-2 July
Group C - Open/Women Europe 3 London, Great Britain Queen Mary Reservoir J/80 25-29 April
Group D - Open/Women Asia Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai International Marine Club V1-30 2-7 April
Group E - Open/Women South America Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro J/24 9-13 August
Group F - Open/Women North Ameria St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands St. Thomas Yacht Club IC24 8-11 June
Group G - Open/Women Oceania Auckland, New Zealand Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Elliot 6 Metre 19-24 April

For a complete list of all the news from the ISAF Nations Cup 2006 CLICK HERE.

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