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27 August 2008, 04:18 am
Danish Open Heads To Frederikshavn For Next World Tour Stop
Mathieu RICHARD keeps a close eye on his competition at Match Cup Sweden
World #1 Mathieu RICHARD is included in the line up for Denmark

Danish Open 2008
Frederikshavn, Denmark

Frederikshavn becomes the host city of one of Denmark's biggest yachting events of the year, as the World Match Racing Tour comes to town for stage 5 of the 2008 season, the Danish Open.
Frederikshavn Municipality constitutes the peak of the European continent and thanks to its geographical location at the top of the Jutlandic peninsula; the area has become famous as the land of light and as the place where two oceans meet. Frederikshavn is one of the biggest ferry ports of Europe - a few hours by sea from Oslo in Norway and Gothenburg in Sweden.

Twelve teams including six of the top eight from the current Tour leaderboard are entered to compete in Frederikshavn for the 2008 Danish Open title. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), the current World Tour leader, will be represented as will the the current ISAF #1 ranked skipper Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) and four teams representing America's Cup syndicates.

Entry List

Sébastien COL (FRA), French Match Racing Team/K Challenge
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), French Match Racing Team/Team French Spirit
Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), Victory Challenge
Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), Alandia Sailing Team
Peter WIBROE (DEN), Team Wibroe
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Team Pindar
Johnie BERNTSSON (SWE)
Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team
Jesper RADICH (DEN), Radich Racing Team
Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch Racing
Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS)
Mads EBLER (DEN), Team AWL Grip

Choosing Frederikshavn as the venue of Danish Open 2008 is part of a well-defined strategy to make Frederikshavn Municipality the natural location for major cultural and sporting events, and not least the obvious choice as the city hosting international yachting events. Frederikshavn has what it takes to host the event and will ensure that the Danish Open will be a unique experience to be remembered with joy by participants and spectators alike for years to come.

Frederikshavn is a municipality that has always lived from and with the sea having more than 60 miles (100km) of glorious coastline. For generations the proximity of the sea has influenced the development in which Frederikshavn takes an active part. The two other major coastal cities, Sæby to the south and Skagen to the north, take pride in their past traditions of fishing, shipyards and other related maritime occupations.

Some of Denmark's finest beaches combine the potential for developing tourism and the events economy with a strong business community constantly renewing itself in line with time.

The water, the wind and a strong will are all elements which play a part in characterising Frederikshavn - the City of Energy. Four large, sea-based windmills are only the first step in a strategy that in 2015 will turn Frederikshavn into a city depending 100 per cent on renewable energies within power, heat and transport.

The City of Frederikshavn will become a full-scale science centre designed to show the world how to aim for a sustainable future without compromising progress and economic growth. At the same time, the City of Energy will help emphasise the fact that in our more globalised world - nobody can make a difference by themselves

Frederikshavn has something to show the world and the World Tour is proud to be part of the exciting advances Denmark is contributing to a greener environment for future generations. We would like to thank the municipality of Frederikshavn for welcoming the World Tour and wish them every success with their event and future developments.

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Yvonne Reid
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