P R E S S R E L E A S E
Lelystad, 5 April 2013 – Team Heiner is proud to be the organizer of the regional finals for Northern Europe of the ISAF Nations Cup. This event will be combined with the Batavia Stad NK Match Racing, which takes place from 3 to 5 May 2013 in Lelystad.
The ISAF Nations Cup is the world championship match racing for national teams. Match racing teams – both men and women teams – from around the world compete in six regional finals against each other. The regional finals will take place between January and June 2013. The winning skippers from each division in the regional finals will qualify for the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in August in Copenhagen, where they will be joined by defending champions France (Women's) and New Zealand (Open) as well as host nation Denmark to battle for the 2013 ISAF Nations Cup trophies. The series is sailed every two years. ISAF Competitions Manager Antonio Gonzalez de la Madrid said: "Spread across six continents the ISAF Nations Cup is a fully inclusive event and gives wonderful opportunities for all nations and sailors a chance to test themselves against some of the best match racers in the world."
Northern European teams to Lelystad
Team Heiner is chosen by the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) to organize this year’s regional finals for Northern Europe. During this event, teams from eight countries compete against each other: Denmark, Germany, England, Finland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and The Netherlands. The competition format consists of a full round robin, followed by semi finals and finals. The teams will be sailing on B/Ones, which are equipped with main sail, jib and genaker. Jansma Jacht Almere BV supplies the boats in cooperation with B/One Class Assocation. Here with this new boat deserves its place on the Dutch competition water.
A lot of match racing at 3, 4 and 5 May
The event coincides with the Batavia Stad NK Match Racing, which is kept in May again for the second time. The place where sailors both fight for the Dutch Open Championships as the so-called Europe II qualification in the ISAF Nations Cup is the Markermeer west of the breakwater next to the Houtribsluizen in Lelystad.
Roy Heiner: “I have won the second edition of the ISAF Nations Cup in 1993. We have continued with ten editions now and the event has just become bigger and stronger. The fact that we may organize the regional finals is a great opportunity to expand match racing in The Netherlands. With three full days of action on the water and a shore program with facilities and activities for the audience, it promises from 3 to 5 May to be an amazing spectacle, which is great for the visitors coming to Lelystad”.
Note to editors:
For further questions about the regional finals of the ISAF Nations Cup or the Batavia Stad NK Match Racing please contact Helga Oosterkamp of Team Heiner, phone +31 320 269 480 / +31 6 41 56 16 73 or by mail: Helga at teamheiner dot com.
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