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22 September 2005, 10:02 am
Championship Gets Underway Today
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Line 7 Australian Women's Match Racing Championship 2005
Sydney, Australia

Racing gets underway at the ISAF Grade 3 Line 7 2005 Australian Women's Match Racing Championship today on Sydney Harbour. Nine teams from four states are contesting the event, conducted in Elliott 6s by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA).
Four days of racing are scheduled, with finals to take place on Sunday afternoon. Yesterday the teams were out on the water for the official practice day and event opening.

Yachting Australia Chief Executive Phil JONES welcomed the competitors to the regatta and said, 'The Australian Women's Match Racing Championship continues to attract some of the best women skippers and will now take on a new significance.'

He announced that the results will be considered in the selection of the Australian representatives to contest the 2006 ISAF Nations Cup. He also confirmed that, through Yachting Australia, funding will be available for the international event.

CYCA Commodore Geoff LAVIS expressed the club's support of the national championship and thanked Line 7 for their sponsorship of the event. He predicted fast and furious racing and expects that as Sunday's finals coincide with the club's season opening, the spectator fleet will be significant.

Defending Champion and number ten in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings Nicky SOUTER will compete, as will World number 15 Katie SPITHILL. Australia's top two women match racers are both from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and are sure to engage in some exciting duals.

Australian Olympians, in the 470 and Yngling, Nicky BETHWAITE and Karyn GOJNICH will compete together.

Amongst the fleet are three former ISAF Youth Worlds representatives, 420 Champions Sarah ROBERTS-THOMSON and Rayshele MARTIN and Laser Radial skipper Sam BOYD.

Line 7 Australian Women's Match Racing Championship Entrants
(Club - ISAF World Match Race Ranking)

  • Nicky SOUTER, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) - 10
  • Katie SPITHILL, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) - 15
  • Adele FREAN, South of Perth Yacht Club (WA) - 77
  • Nina CURTIS, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) - 83
  • Nicky BETHWAITE, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (NSW) - 113
  • Sam BOYD, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (NSW) - 161
  • Natalie DEWING, Adelaide Sailing Club (SA) - Not Ranked
  • Megan RIDGWAY, Sandringham Yacht Club (VIC) - Not Ranked
  • Jeanne-Claude STRONG, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (NSW) - Not Ranked
Jo Dikkenberg (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Arthur Spithill
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