National Ranking - part 2

Takes place this weekend at Hayling Island Sailing Club

Friday May 9th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
The second round of the Holt RYA National Ranking Series gets underway this weekend at the newly built Hayling Island Sailing Club. The event is and open event and this weekend will see the Tornado, Europe, 470, Finn and 49er classes competing.

The pressure is on for the competitors this weekend as it forms, for the majority of classes, the final part of qualifying to gain a place to attend the limited entry ISAF World Sailing Championships, which take place in Cadiz this September and also forms part of the 2004 Olympic Selection Process.

The ranking series is an open event and therefore anybody who sails an Olympic class boat can enter. It provides the perfect platform for those looking to make the transition into the Olympic classes and hopefully get on the funding ladder and also for the more experienced sailors to have good racing in home waters. There are not many opportunities in sport where you get to line up against the best in the country let alone the best in the world, and this weekend Olympic gold medallist and Finn world champion Ben Ainslie, 49er world silver medallists Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks and 49er world bronze medallists Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith will all be out in force.

Registration takes place from 10 00 on the Saturday with the first race starting at midday with a maximum of six races scheduled over the weekend. After each event a Holt RYA National Ranking list will be compiled which is used to distribute grants and allocate entry places at International regattas.

RYA Development Squad Manager Barrie Edgington commented, "this weekend should provide some exciting racing for the sailors. The competition will be tough as they will be trying to gain selection for the limited entry ISAF World Sailing Championships 2003 and the results have been extremely close so far."

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