Best sailors to show wares at ISAF Sailing World Cup
Portsmouth, RI, United States (4E Sports) – The best Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the world take centerstage when the second leg of the four-part 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup unfurls at Biscayne Bay.
The world class five-day regatta sails off on Monday, January 28 and concludes Saturday, February 2 with over 300 sailors representing 35 countries expected to participate.
“We are proud to play host to the ISAF Sailing World Cup event here on Biscayne Bay,” said event chairman Gary Bodie. “We appreciate the participation by these talented sailors from around the world.”
The event provides Olympic and Paralympic sailors an opportunity to jumpstart their campaign for the 2016 Games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro.
Established in 1990 by US Sailing, the ISAF Sailing World Cup is open to boats competing in events chosen for the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
The 10 Olympic classes for 2016 are Laser Radial (women), Laser (men), Finn (men), Men’s RS:X, Women’s RS:X, 49er (men), Men’s 470, Women’s 470, Nacra 17 (mixed) and 49er FX (women).
The event also has three Paralympic classes, including the 2.4mR (open), SKUD (mixed) and Sonar (mixed). The 2.4mR and Sonar classes will be competing in Miami.
There will be two additions to the Olympic Class Sailing Competition — the Catamaran (Nacra 17) and Women’s Skiff (49er FX). The two event will be featured in Rio 2016.
The top 10 finishers in the opening series of each class will advance to the medal race while competitors in the Paralympic classes will have five days of fleet racing and no medal race.
Medals will be awarded to the top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class on Saturday, February 2.