The ISAF Nations Cup is 'a global competition to find the world's top match racing nation and develop match racing infrastructure around the world'. The 2009 Grand Final will be sailed next week in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Around the world, trials have been held to select representatives from each region (N America, Sth America, Oceania, Asia, Europe x2)
The New Zealand trials - held in Elliot 6’s at the RNZYS in September 2008 – were won by Adrian Short with his crew of Scott and Peter Burling (winning the final against Phil Robertson 2-1), while Jessica Smyth’s team won the Women’s trials.
The regional final for Oceania was held a few weeks later with the Kiwis holding out the top Australians (Evan Walker, Will Ryan and Ed Hackney) to win the men’s division 7-4; while the Australians won the women’s 7-2.
The Grand final in Brazil is being raced in four man J/24 boats, so a 4th sailor- William Tiller - has been recruited to join the NZ team (representing RNZYS).
With all four sailors aged 18-20, the NZ team are likely to be the youngest crew and are looking forward to the competition. Adrian, Scott and Will are all skippering boats on the RNZYS youth training program, while Peter has recently changed classes from the 470 he sailed at the 2008 Olympics, to the 49er with a focus towards 2012. The team has been lucky to be able to practice in the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club J/24’s. Adrian’s most recent success has been winning the Hardy Cup in Sydney.
The NZ team left for Brazil on Friday night - Adrian, Scott and Peter are taking a week off from their Engineering studies at Auckland University. Open Entries
(Nation – Skipper – ISAF World Match Race Ranking)
Host Nation, Brazil – Henrique HADDAD – 80
Defending Nation, France – Damien IEHL – 7
Denmark – Mads EBLER – 11
Spain – Manuel WEILLER VIDAL – 23
Portugal – Alvaro MARINHO – 30
India – Mahesh RAMCHANDRAN – 35
Finland – Jon ERIKSSON – 36
USA – Dave PERRY – 37
Argentina – Juan FIGUEROA – 52
New Zealand – Adrian SHORT – 67
ISAF Nations cup websites http://www.sailing.org/nations-cup.php http://www.nationscup2009.com/
Adrian Short , Scott and Peter Burling and Will Tiller would like to thank RNZYS and their parents for their support.