RYA tweak match racing format
In addition to the BUSA and Youth Championships, the series will consist of three qualifiers that will each accept a maximum of eighteen entries. The top two teams from each of the qualifiers will win a place in the finals, which will take place at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy on 20-22 September 2002.
As a part of the RYA's new initiative, training weekends will take place prior to the qualifiers to encourage less experienced teams (none of whom must have reached the quarter-final stage of a previous National Match Racing Champion) to receive top-level coaching from a professional RYA coach. This will enable teams to become more familiar with the First Class Eights, and they can brush up on their match racing skills prior to the all-important qualifier. The top eight teams from the Sunday’s racing at the training weekend will receive a subsidised entry to the subsequent qualifier.
The following calendar of dates and criteria has been set for the 2002 RYA Match Racing Championships:
6/7 April - BUSA National Match Racing Championships, Rutland Water Sailing Club
20/21 April - Training Event 1, Rutland Water Sailing Club
27/28 April - Qualifier 1, Rutland Water Sailing Club
13/14 July - Training Event 2, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy
20/21 July - Qualifier 2, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy
16/17/18 August - RYA Youth Match Racing Championships, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy
31 August/1 Sept - Training Event 3, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy
7/8 Sept - Qualifier 3, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy
20/21/22 Sept - National Final, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy
As each qualifier can only take a maximum of eighteen entries, we recommend that you get your entry forms in early. The training weekends are an ideal opportunity to bring your Match Racing and boat handling skills up a level, so don’t delay and get your entries in now.
For further information or to apply for an entry form please contact Suzie Creak at the RYA on 023 8062 7437, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or look at the Match Racing section on the RYA website, www.rya.org.uk.