Team Denmark helmed by Mads Elber has claimed their place at the Nations Cup Grand Final - image David Branigan
Team Denmark helmed by Mads Elber has claimed their place at the Nations Cup Grand Final to be held in Porto Alegre Brazil, 23 to 28 March 2009. It was the weather that won out again Saturdayy, strong winds preventing any racing on the final day.
After initially postponing until 12:00hrs, as the morning progressed it was clear the there would be no break in the weather as winds increased to storm force at times. As no race could be sailed after 16:00hrs the event organizers only decision was to cancel racing.
The clear winner was Mads Elber from Denmark taking the ISAF NAtions Cup 2009 Regional Final Europe (Open) II.
Mads who has had an excellent season this year, displayed top class skill at the event dominating from the very beginning. However second place came down to the wire between Finland and Slovenia. It was Finland’s Jon Eriksson who took second as a count back was applied to the last race between the two teams in which Finland won.
Slovenia’s Orel Jure was placed in third. It was Irelands John Sheehy, an unranked match sailor, who displayed great potential in the match racing circuit with a fourth, beating Holland’s Jelle Roos ranked 35th and Germany’s Max Gurgel ranked 55th in the world.
Nations Cup - Final Overall Positions
1 DEN - 12 pts
2 FIN - 9 pts
3 SLO - 9 pts
4 IRL - 8 pts
5 POL - 7 pts
6 EST - 7 pts
7 GER - 5 pts
8 NED - 4 pts
9 GBR - 3 pts
The Nations Cup Regional Final is a pre-qualifier to the Nations Cup Grand Final to be held in Porto Alegre Brazil, March 23-28th 2009. The ISAF Nations Cup is a global competition to find the world's top match racing nation and to develop match racing infrastructure around the world.