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16 May 2006, 08:30 am
Day 7: Challenge Commences for King's Trophy
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ISAF World Sailing Games 2006
Lake Neusiedl, Austria

Awarded to the top overall nation at the ISAF World Sailing Games, the King's Trophy is a perpetual trophy presented by HM King Constantine, ISAF President of Honour. France, the defending nation from the 2004 ISAF World Sailing Games is showing potential, but has strong challenges from several other nations.
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A nation's top four results across the ten events will count towards the King's Trophy. Points accumulated will be based 10 points for a first place result, 9 points for a second place, and so on, as per the table below. Results for the King's Trophy will start to be calculated from the final series, which is scheduled to get underway today.

The defending nation, France, is going to need to a drastic improvement in form to salvage a chance to return home victorious. Based on the qualification series, the main challenger for the King's Trophy is Australia, who not only see the majority of their sailors qualify through to the gold fleet, but finished in first overall across five of the ten events.

France's opportunity is likely to come from the pre-qualified sailors joining the gold fleet, including world number ones in the women's 470 Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX, and Benjamin BONNAUD and Romain BONNAUD (FRA) who hold a world ranking of 4 in the men's 470.

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The King's Trophy
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At the conclusion of the qualification series, France had sailors in the top three across the 9 events which count towards the King's Trophy, so look likely to remain within the upper end of the standings. Also with a significant chance to place fairly high is the USA who fields world number 1 Paige RAILEY in the Laser Radial.

An impressive lead crystal sail sitting on an enamelled blue sea, the King's Trophy was especially commissioned by His Majesty King Constantine and made by the renowned company Aspreys of London, Great Britain

France is the defending holder from 2002, with victory going to Italy in 1994 and 1998.

Points will be awarded as follows:

Final Place
in Regatta
Points towards
King's Trophy
1 10
2 9
3 8
4 7
5 6
6 5
7 4
8 3
9 2
10 1

For all the news on the 2006 ISAF World Sailing Games CLICK HERE.

ISAF. Image, The Kings's Trophy beckons for the top performing nationB:© ISAF
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