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18 February 2005, 10:10 am
Six Top 50 ISAF Match Racers to Compete at Sixth Challenge
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JPMorgan Fleming Winter Challenge
Sunbury, Great Britain

The sixth JPMorgan Fleming Winter Challenge weekend on 19/20 February will see an amazing six top-50 ISAF Ranked match racers as well as three of the five weekend winners; Simon SHAW, Mark CAMPBELL-JAMES and Ian WILLIAMS; go head-to-head in the last weekend of the series to involve male skippers, before the women-only weekend on 26/27 February, and the Final in March.
Williams, who won the fourth weekend challenge, is the highest ranked skipper competing this weekend. Ranked number seven in the world he is the pre-event favourite, although as the event has proved before, it doesn't necessarily go the way of the highest ranked sailors. Mark CAMPBELL-JAMES (28) and Simon SHAW (99) will be challenging Williams hard and will use the weekend as their third and final weekend of practice before the all-important Final. Other British teams are Christian HAMILTON (47) and Ian BUDGEN (322) who will be hoping to win their place in the Final following previous weekend attempts. Fellow Brit Ali HALL (110) will be competing in his first weekend challenge and will be racing to try and book his ticket for the Final.

The three international teams that will be hoping to give the Brits a run for their money are Staffan LINDBERG representing Finland who is ranked number 12 in the world rankings, Stefan MEISTER (23) and Carsten KEMMLING (41), both representing Germany.

The JPMorgan Fleming Winter Challenge, in conjunction with the RYA, began on the 27 November 2004 with the first weekend's victory going to Simon SHAW and his crew who beat tough competition from eight other teams including crews from Denmark, Italy and Russia. The second weekend's victory went to Mark CAMPBELL-JAMES and his crew who fought off further competition from British, Swiss, Russian and American teams. Eric MONNIN from Switzerland, who successfully overcame the challenge from Ian WILLIAMS, became the first European finalist by winning the third weekend. The fourth weekend was won by world number seven Ian WILLIAMS who defeated fellow top ten match racer Lars NORDBJERG in what was billed as one of the most exciting line-ups yet. The 2004 Olympic Yngling bronze medallist Dorte JENSEN (DEN) fought off Simon SHAW to become the very first female helm to go through to the Final.

More than 250 sailors from across Europe are expected to compete in at least one of the seven race weekends in the run-up to the Final on 4 - 6 March 2005. The weekends are aimed at giving sailing enthusiasts the opportunity to receive coaching and training during the winter period as well as providing world-class competition on home soil.

The line up for the weekend is as follows: Name/Nationality/ISAF Ranking

Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) 12
Stefan MEISTER (GER) 23
Carsten KEMMLING (GER) 41
Christian HAMILTON (GBR) 47
Simon SHAW (GBR) 99
Ali HALL (GBR) 110
Ian BUDGEN (GBR) 322

The next JPMorgan Fleming Winter Challenge is the women-only weekend on 26/27 February 2005 at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Sunbury.

JP Morgan Fleming (As Amended by ISAF)
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