Sailing at the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final begins today with 20 teams from 15 countries competing for open and women's glory.
Hosted by Sail Sheboygan, USA some of the world's best match racers will compete after qualifying through their regional finals which started in Porto Alegre, Brazil on 24 March 2011.
The Grand Final will be sailed in the Sonar class for the open event and the Elliott 6m for the women's event. World #4 Women's Match Racer and 2009 Women's Grand Final winner Claire Leroy said, 'The ISAF Nations Cup is an important event because it's an event where you have to qualify to come here. It is great to see countries like South Africa who we have never seen before so we will have to learn about them.'
The first attention signal is at 09:00 local time with spectator viewing available from 11:00 to 17:00 on the South Pier and Blue Harbour.
Sailing runs until 18 September.
Wild Card - Mads Ebler (DEN)
Oceania -Laurie Jury (NZL)
Europe II - Przemek Tarnacki (POL)
South America - Henrique Haddad (BRA)
Europe I - Stratis Andreadis (GRE)
Host - Shawn Bennett (USA)
North America - Peter Wickwire (CAN)
Wild Card - Yasar Celal Tumsen (TUR)
Asia - Rauf Zahid (PAK)
Wild Card - Lucy Macgregor (GBR)
Defender - Claire Leroy (FRA)
Host - Genevieve Tulloch (USA)
South America - Juliana Senfft (BRA)
Europe II - Mandy Mulder (DEN)
Wild Card - Rita Gonçalves (POR)
Oceania - Olivia Price (AUS)
Europe I - Katarzyna Pie (POL)
Asia - Ru Wang - (CHN)
Africa - Dominique Provoyeur (RSA)
North America - Sharon Ferris-Choat (CAN)
Following on from earlier editions in 1991, 1993 and 1995, the ISAF Nations Cup was successfully re-launched in 2006. The latst edition took place in 2009 with the Grand Final hosted by Porto Alegre in Brazil. In total 60 teams representing 39 MNAs participated in the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup. Eight Regional Finals decided the line up for the Grand Final at the Veleiros do Sul sailing club in Porto Alegre where France repeated their double victory from 2007 to retain the open title skippered by Damien Iehl and the women's title skippered again by Claire Leroy.
The 2011 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final takes place from 13-18 September and will be hosted by Sheboygan, USA. Sheboygan, situated on the western shoreline of Lake Michigan, 150 mile north of Chicago, is the second US venue to host the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, following on from San Francisco in 1995.