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The ISAF Team Racing World Championship is a team racing event – fostered by the activities of the Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society.now held every two years by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The first Team Racing World Championships were held in West Kirby, Great Britain in 1995. Great Britain won and so became the first nation to record its name on the ISAF Team Racing World Trophy, donated to ISAF by the West Kirby Sailing Club. A youth Championship (under 21) began running in parallel with the main event since 2005. Summary information on the first three events is tabled below - full information will be found on the Team Racing Championships results page of the ISAF website. The appearance of West Kirby as the first championship host club reflects the Club's pivotal role in promoting team racing
Team racing, also known as team sailing, is a popular form of dinghy racing and yacht racing. Just 2 teams compete in a race, each team sailing 2, 3, or 4 boats of the same class. The winning team is decided by combining the results of each team's boats. This differs from an inter-club fleet race where boats from 3 or more clubs compete. Then the results of each club's boats are combined to give their club's overall position.
West Kirby is a town on the north-west corner of the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside, England, at the mouth of the River Dee. To the north-east lies Hoylake, to the east Grange and Newton, and to the south-east Caldy. At the 2001 Census, the population was 7,680. The town is on the opposite side of the River Dee to Mostyn in North Wales.
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|Year||Location||Winning Nation||Youth Winners||Class Used|
|1995||West Kirby, Great Britain||Great Britain||N/A||Firefly|
|1998||Miami, United States||United States||N/A|
|1999||Dun Laoghaire, Ireland||New Zealand|
|2001||Lake Brno, CZE||New Zealand|
|2003||Auckland, NZL||USA 2|
|2005||Newport, Rhode Island, USA||USA 1|
|2007||Gandia, Spain||USA 1|
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