Nest year the Nations Cup Grand Final will take place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Ireland from 5-9 September 2006. Eight separate venues will host the Regional Finals as detailed in the table below.
At the Regional Finals, up to ten entries in each division (open and women) will be accepted, on a first come first served basis. MNA's will be allocated to Regional Finals by ISAF on a regional basis as far as possible.
MNA's should request an invitation by 15 December, 2005, nominating their skipper, and ISAF will respond with an invitation to enter. If more than ten entries are received at a Regional Final, the entries may be split and a second Regional Final held for that 'region'. Such a split may be done based on skipper points, in the same manner as splitting skippers into groups for a round robin series.
The closing date for MNA's to apply for a place at a Regional final or to secure their place 'by right' under paragraph (d) in the Notice of Race is 15 December, 2005. After that date individual skipper entries from Nations whose MNA has not applied for a place will be considered and that entry must be subsequently endorsed by their MNA.
A Cup For All Nations
Contested in supplied equipment, the ISAF Nations Cup represents a test solely of match racing skill with both small and large nations able to compete on a level playing field. Clinics in match racing rules, tactics and strategy, as well as in umpiring techniques and race committee procedures will precede the Regional Finals when appropriate and when requested, meaning the Nations Cup is not just a Championship which highlights match racing excellence, but also acts as an educational tool.
The Notice of Race and Invite Request Form for the Regional Finals and Grand Final is available on the ISAF Nations Cup microsite - www.sailing.org/nationscup.
|Group||Region||Host Nation||Host Club||Equipment||Dates|
|Group A - Open||Europe 1||Helsinki, Finland||NJK Match Race Center||J/80||15-18 June|
|Group A - Women||Europe 1||Caniçal, Machico, Madeira, Portugal||Quinta do Lorde Yacht Club||J/22||2-7 May|
|Group B - Open/Women||Europe 2||Izola, Slovenia||Jadralno Društvo J/24||J/24||29 June-2 July|
|Group C - Open/Women||Europe 3||London, Great Britain||Queen Mary Reservoir||J/80||To Be Confirmed|
|Group D - Open/Women||Asia||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Dubai International Marine Club||V1-30||2-7 April|
|Group E - Open/Women||South America||Salinas, Ecuador||Salinas Yacht Club||J/24||To be Confirmed|
|Group F - Open/Women||North Ameria||St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands||St. Thomas Yacht Club||IC24||8-11 June|
|Group G - Open/Women||Oceania||Auckland, New Zealand||Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron||Elliot 6 Metre||19-24 April|
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