Excitement is mounting and tension is building as organizers get ready to kick off the inaugural first leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne, starting today, (Tuesday 16th)
Described, perhaps unfairly as ‘sailing’s equivalent to a motor racing Grand Prix or tennis Grand Slam’, the Melbourne event begins the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup. Seven regattas will be held around the world in Olympic classes, giving professional sailors the ability to compete annually and deliver commercial results for sponsors.
It is only fitting that as Australia tops the national standings in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings yet again, that an event of this magnitude begins in Melbourne.
Australian head coach Victor KOVALENKO is the inaugural Sail Melbourne ambassador and will be wandering the boat park helping out sailors as required.
This event is compulsory for Australian Sailing Team development squad members and is the highlight event on the Victoria Sailing Calendar.
The first event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club from 16-21 December.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 consists of the following events:
- 16-21 Dec 2008 – Sail Melbourne The Asia Pacific Regatta, Melbourne, Australia
- 25-31 Jan 2009 – Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA
- 4-10 April 2009 – Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain
- 18-24 April 2009 – Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France
- 27-31 May 2009 – Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands
- 20-28 June 2009 – Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
- 14-19 Sept 2009 – Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain
Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, including more on the seven events, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.