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Notice of Race For ISAF Nations Cup
Celebrations at the 2006 ISAF Nations Cup
Claire LEROY, Mathieu RICHARD and their French teams celebrate victory at the 2006 ISAF Nations Cup

ISAF Nations Cup 2009

The Notice of Race for the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup has been published on the ISAF website.
Charleston, USA The ISAF Nations Cup is a global competition to find the world's top match racing nations in both open and women's events and to develop match racing infrastructure around the world. The Nations Cup encompasses a series of eight Regional Finals from September-December 2008, from which the top team will qualify for the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, which will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil from 23-28 March 2009. The Notice of Race outlines the key details of the event, including the dates and venues, equipment and format of the Regional Finals and Grand Final.

Click here to view the Notice of Race.

The Notice of Race also includes the ISAF Member National Authority (MNA) allocations for the Regional Finals, ie which nations can compete in which Regional Final. MNAs wishing to compete should apply for entry using the form in the Notice of Race by 1 June 2008.

Sally BURNETT (GBR), chair of the ISAF Nations Cup Working Party, said, ?Following on from the success of the 2006 event, we are aiming on making the fifth edition of the ISAF Nations Cup the biggest and best ever. This is a fantastic opportunities for nations to get involved in match racing and benefit from competing at the very highest level. We have some fantastic venues, mixing some of the match racing world's most established names with newer up-and-coming hosts.?

Regional Finals will be held in Argentina, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and the USA. The racing on the water will be preceded by an ISAF Match Racing Clinic, aimed to help develop match racing skills and officiating in that region. The winners of the Regional Finals will progress through to the Grand Final, where they will be joined by representatives from the defending champions France, and the host nation, Brazil, to battle for the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup trophies in the open and women's events.

Following on from earlier editions in 1991, 1993 and 1995, the ISAF Nations Cup was successfully re-launched in 2006 with over 50 nations competing. Eight Regional Finals decided the line up for the Grand Final at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, where France completed a double triumph in the open and women's events with teams led by skippers Mathieu Richard and Claire Leroy. Along with the racing, each Regional Final was preceded by an ISAF Match Racing Clinic, giving both the sailors and officials a chance to learn from some of the world's leading Race Officials and coaches.

Venues and Dates

Grand Final
Grand Final (Open & Women) Porto Alegre, Brazil 23-28 March 2009


Regional Finals
Asia (Open & Women) Mumbai, India 14-19 October 2008
Europe I (Open) Brindisi, Italy 18-21 September 2008
Europe II (Open) Kinsale, Ireland 22-25 October 2008
Europe I & II (Women) Antibes, France 7-11 October 2008
North America & Caribbean (Open & Women) Charleston, USA 6-9 November 2008
Oceania (Open & Women) Auckland, New Zealand 18-21 September 2008

ISAF Nations Cup microsite - www.sailing.org/nationscup
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