Less than two weeks ago Team Gilmour received a wildcard entry to compete in the prestigious ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark. Many champions of the sport have won the Nations Cup including 2007 Americas Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird.
Team Gilmour is excited to be racing against some of the best match racers in the world. Up to 12 countries will be represented at the event; Australia, Singapore, Denmark, Norway, Canada, France, Brazil, Great Britain, Japan, Norway, Sweden and USA.
For the Nations Cup all team members are required to be nationals of the country they represent. For this event Team Gilmour will be made up of core team members; David Gilmour, Pete Nicholas and Luke Payne. We will also be joined by legendary GBR 49er sailor Ed Powys (World ranking 4th in the 49er class) and team legal adviser/Monsoon Cup bowman Alistair Marchesi.
The team has had some intense training on the DS37 and Match 28 yachts in Middelfart over the last two days, and are feeling confident in both type of boats going into the first days racing tomorrow.
The event format will see the 14 teams split into two pools, with one pool sailing the DS37's while the other race in the Match 28's and then swap for the next round robin.
The Groups for the round robins are:
1. Ogeman (SWE)
2. Sehested (DEN)
3. Viltoft (DEN)
4. Herreman (FRA)
5. Soh (SIN)
6. Brun (NOR)
7. Bendon (GBR)
1. Gilmour (AUS)
2. Rooklyn (AUS)
3. Durant (USA)
4. Wickwire (CAN)
5. Sakamoto (JPN)
6. Haddad (BRA
The winner of each group will progress straight through to the semi-finals while the rest will race another repechage round robin for the final two places in the semis. Not only do we need to qualify for the semis, but we also need to be ahead of the other Australian team as only one team per nation are able to progress through.
The event will have excellent media coverage including live video streaming which you can follow over the events website below:
There will also be an exciting exhibition match race on Thursday 8th between local skipper Nicolai Sehested and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (married to Aussie Princess Mary) who has a crew made up of Danish past Olympians.