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26 November 2003, 03:56 pm
World's Best To Challenge Defending Champion Malin MILLBOURN (SWE)
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BoatUS 2004 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
Easport Yacht Club, Annapolis

Sixteen of the world's best female skippers and crews will battle it out on Chesapeake Bay, USA at next year's BoatUS ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship.
Details have now been released for the event, which is to be held from 5-12 June in Annapolis, Maryland, hosted by Eastport Yacht Club

2003 World Champion, Malin MILLBOURN (SWE), who was nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003, is set to defend the title which she won in her own country this year, against stiff competition on the waters of Chesapeake Bay in 2004. That competition will come from the 14 best placed skippers on the ISAF Women's Match Race Rankings as of 16 January 2004.

As well as the defending champion and the top 14 in the world, there will also be one "wild-card" entry from the host nation, USA.

The event is to be held in J/22's, with 16 being provided for the event by members of Eastport Yacht Club and the Annaopolis J/22 Fleet 19, with each boat being allocated to the competing skippers and crews by means of a daily draw. The format of the event will begin with a standard double round robin in two groups, before the top eight go forward into a further round robin, followed by the semi-finals and final.

Eastport Yacht Club is hosting the BoatUS ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship instead of it's highly popular, ISAF Grade 1 Boat US Santa Maria Cup, and with all the experience of running such an event, the club is sure to host a fantastic match racing spectacle.

Information:

Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) was chartered on October 13, 1980. In November of 1983 the club secured temporary quarters in the Annapolis City Marina in Eastport, and on October 3, 1992 the present clubhouse was opened for use. An additional piece of property adjoining our site was purchased in June 1999. Also in 1999, EYC achieved its membership limit of 500 voting members and maintains a waiting list of approximately 100. In addition to the 500 voting members, EYC also has 21 Junior members and 117 non-resident members.

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