Published: Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Vladivostok, Russia will host the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final 2015, an ISAF Grade 1 Match Race event, July 14-19.

Vladivostok Welcomes Nations Cup Grand Final 2015

(2013 Nations Cup Grand Final)

The regatta is the largest event in Russia's 2015 calendar with the Seven Feet Yacht Club playing host.

The ISAF Nations Cup was first introduced to the world in 1991. Open and Women’s contests are run and it is based on a series of regional finals with the top crews meeting at the Grand Final.

Starting July 14, sailors from Great Britain, USA, Australia, France, Brazil, Singapore, Bahrain, Algeria, Japan and Russia will try the waters of Amur Bay for the first training session on Platu 25 type boats.

14 teams are entered into the event. The strongest participants of the Regional Finals 2015 and other invitees will join the race. Among them are the winners and prize-holders of the Asian Regional Final held in Japan - Kohei Ichikawa (JPN) and Ebrahim Abdulla (BRN) in the open division and Jovina Choo (SIN) in the women's.

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(ISAF Nations Cup European Finals 2015) 

Representing the host nation is Vladimir Lypavskiy from Vladivostok. He will sail in the open division and Ekaterina Ananina will represent the nation in the women's division.

Skipper of the Russian National Youth Team, Vlad Abramov, will also be on the start line.

The water area of Amurskiy Bay and the weather conditions in Vladivostok in July are considered to be perfect for any type of sailing including match racing.

Throughout the week, the Nations Cup Grand Final waters will be shared with another 100 young sailors competing in international classes and 400-keelboat fleet racing participants.

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(2013 Nations Cup Grand Final)

An international team of ten umpires from Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Tunisia and Russia will be chaired by Neven Baran from Croatia and will serve the competitors to guarantee the fairness of each match. Anna Deyanova, the Chairman of the Race Official Committee of Russian Yachting Federation, will be the Race Officer and will work with the local race committee team to ensure good races for the competitors.