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28 February 2005, 04:16 pm
Teams From Australia And New Zealand To Take Part In The Inaugural Event.
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Harken International Women's Match Racing Championship
Sydney, Australia

Following on from the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) will host another major international event, a new ISAF Grade 3 women's match racing regatta.
Eight teams representing New Zealand, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales will be in Sydney Harbour from 11-13 March.

Regatta organizer Jenni BONNITCHA is impressed with the line up and is looking forward to seeing the likes of Nicky SOUTER (AUS) and Katie SPITHILL (AUS), ranked 21 and 24 respectively on the ISAF Women's Match Race Rankings. The Australians will be taking on three teams from New Zealand, a nation renowned for its match racing excellence.

Other entrants include Nina CURTIS (AUS), sailing for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC), who has recently returned from New Zealand where she was part of the winning Women's Match Racing Nationals team for two consecutive years. Also appearing will be Clare BROWN (AUS) with crew Sarah CUBIT (AUS) and Clare CUNNINGHAM (AUS) who are all well known sailors from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

A strong CYCA team will be led by Jacqui BONNITCHA (AUS), who finished second against an all men's team in the Bavaria International Youth Match Racing Championship last year, while crewmember Erin CAMERON (AUS) from Yachting Australia will be primed for more fast and furious 'round the cans' sailing having competed in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.

The Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta 2005 is part of Sailexpo/Sydney Harbour Week which runs from 4-12 March. The Harken International will feed into the Line 7 Australian Women's Open Match Racing Championship, an existing regatta which will be hosted for the first time by the CYCA later in the year.

Lisa Ratcliff (as amended by ISAF)
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