ROYAL SOUTHERN ACADEMY MATCH CUP - PREVIEW NEWS AND A CALL TO ARMS!

ROYAL SOUTHERN ACADEMY MATCH CUP - PREVIEW NEWS AND A CALL TO ARMS!

Monday October 4 2010 Author: PRPETA Location: United Kingdom

The inaugural Royal Southern Academy Match Cup is attracting the cream of young sailing talent

With the Notice of Race and Entry Form now available for download from the Royal Southern Yacht Club's website http://www.royal-southern.co.uk/Academy, 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.

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: sailing@royal-southern.co.uk.

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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Media Enquiries: Peta Stuart-Hunt | Press Officer Royal Southern Yacht Club T: +44 (0) 1590 679 621 M: +44 (0) 7711 477 707 E: peta@prworksuk.com

Notes to Editors

Royal Southern Academy Programme 2010 - 2011

9 October: Coaching by Stuart Childerley. SB3 and IRC

10 October: Hamble Winter series: SB3 and IRC

16 - 17 October: SB3 Autumn Championship

17/24/31 October, 14/21/28 November and 5 December: more Winter Series Racing

23 October: RSrnYC SB3 Invitational. Try an SB3 with top RSrnYC helms

20/21 November: Academy Match Cup Heat 1: SB3

5/6 March 2011: Academy Match Cup Heat 2: SB3

26/27 March: Academy Match Cup Finals: SB3

March - April: Warsash Spring Series: SB3 and IRC

May, June, July & September: Royal Southern YC Monthly Regattas: SB3 and IRC

July: Royal Southern Academy Week: a mix of match and fleet racing

For further details about the Academy, related sponsorship enquiries etc, please contact: Colin Hall T: +44 (0)1883 723 987 | M: +44 (0)7802 156 602 E:colin.hall43@btinternet.com http://www.royal-southern.co.uk/Academy

The Royal Southern Yacht Club

Formed in 1837, the Royal Southern Yacht Club will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2012. The Club, whose Patron is HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has grown, improved and nurtured its membership which now numbers an impressive 1800 men, women and children comprising sail and power enthusiasts. Situated on the bank of the beautiful River Hamble, the Club House and surrounding facilities have been expanded and modernised and the Club provides superb catering and hospitality all year round. The Club also lays on a wide range of well organised on-water events and activities throughout the year and there is something for everyone to enjoy. There is a varied social calendar of events to suit younger as well as the more mature members. http://www.royal-southern.co.uk

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