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UK's Southern Academy Match Cup Takes Shape

4th October 2010
UK's Southern Academy Match Cup Takes Shape
The inaugural Royal Southern Academy Match Cup is attracting the cream of young sailing talent across the UK but nobody from Ireland yet.

The organisers of the inaugural Royal Southern Academy's Match Race Cup are confident of a strong turnout with plenty of sailing talent entering this new competition that kicks off its first round in November.

"we're always keen to have other involvement. So far we do not have any Irish so anyone coming over would be very welcome" the organisers told Afloat.ie.

The Royal Southern Academy confirms that there has already been substantial interest from ISAF Open top 100 rankers and University teams alike to compete in the inaugural Academy Match Cup final being staged in March 2011.

With twelve teams in each round, the first three entries received are from ISAF top 100 Open Match racers including Andy Shaw (#68), new World Student Match Race Champion, and Ali Hall (top ranking #39). ISAF has confirmed the Royal Southern Academy Match Cup as a Grade 4 event.

There are two qualifier rounds being staged on 20/21 November 2010 and 5/6 March 2011, with twelve places available for each qualifier. The top six teams from each round will qualify for a place in the finals to be held on 26/27 March 2011.

David Battye, Chief Umpire, Simon Hand, Chief Race Officer and the Royal Southern race team look forward to some keen competition.

The event will be sailed in standard Laser SB3's supplied by Pelican Racing and entrants are invited to charter the boats at reduced rates for training purposes by applying to Natalie Gray, Sailing Secretary at: [email protected]

The Royal Southern Yacht Club's Academy is for young people aged 18-25. They race Laser SB3s including Match Racing, and IRC, and offer special coaching sessions. The Academy charters SB3s from Pelican Racing for Academy racing events, and place young people as crew on IRC boats. The Sailing Programme, running from September 2010 to July 2011 is aimed and devised for young people who live in the region and also those who go to local universities.

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