New Zealand. Australia takes on Oceania in the Nations Cup Qualifier Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 April 2006
Lisa Ratcliff:


The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's winning combination of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell will this week take on the best match racers from Oceania in the Nations Cup Regional Qualifier. Jarvin, who moved to 28 in the latest ISAF Open rankings and third highest ranked Australian, and his team will pit themselves against teams from New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Japan and the Cook Islands. Simon Dickey, representing the host Club, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, is expected to pose the greatest challenge for selection to the Nations Cup.

“The Nations Cup invitation came following our 2nd place in the Australian Match Racing Championships last year when the winning team was unable to take up the offer,” said Jarvin before they left for Auckland yesterday.

“Racing in Elliot 6s we think will be an advantage as we have always been a strong combination in this class and our team work and understanding is good. We seem to know exactly what to expect from each other,” he added.

Well known Star sailor Andrew Palfrey has accompanied the team to Auckland as coach for the four day regatta from 20-23 April.

“What these boys can do with an Elliott is very impressive but their greatest challenge is that this is an open event so there will be teams of all level of age, skills and experience. They will have to stay switched on, even when they are racing the lesser known teams," said Palfrey.

"Auckland weather at this time of year could also make things tough. They can expect either sunny days with no wind or really windy and cold days, plus the tides are a big factor, it’s like sailing in a river,” Palfrey added.

Not unlike the World Cup soccer qualification format, the Nations Cup, which was first introduced to the world in 1990, is based on a series of Regional Finals with the top crews meeting at a Grand Final. Held three times previously, the Nations Cup triggers a pyramid of events, with nations holding club and then national championships to select their teams to attend the Regional Qualifiers, which in turn lead to the Grand Final.

The winners from each of the seven Open and Women’s Regional Finals will progress through to the Grand Final which will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Ireland from 5-9 September 2006.

To follow the CYCA team’s progress go to www.rnzys.org.nz and follow the link to ISAF Nations Cup.

www.cyca.com.au
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