Sailors invited to Sailing World Cup Qingdao and
The world's top
ranked sailors have been invited to attend the penultimate and final events
of the Sailing World Cup series in Qingdao, China and Melbourne, Australia.
The top 30 sailors in World Sailing's Fleet Racing Rankings on Monday 13 June
have been invited to attend Sailing World Cup Qingdao with the top 20 racers
receiving invitations to the Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne.
Qingdao, China, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will
host the fifth regatta of the 2016 Sailing World Cup series for the fourth
consecutive year with 150,000 EUR in prize money for up grabs. In its
history, Qingdao has welcomed sailors from more than 40 nations, seen sailors
qualify for the Olympic Games and delivered some exciting competition for the
finest athletes in the world.
Racing across the ten Olympic fleets will commence on Wednesday 21 September
with the Medal Races drawing the event to a close on Sunday 25 September.
After that, attention turns to Melbourne and the climax of the Sailing World
Cup from 4-11 December.
The Sailing World Cup Final will be held in the aftermath of the Rio 2016
Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sailors will race out of St Kilda's Sailing
Precinct on Port Phillip in the ten Olympic fleets, Open Kiteboarding and the
2.4 Norlin One Design, a Paralympic event, in a bid to be crowned 2016
Sailing World Cup Champion.
Held in Australia's sporting capital, Melbourne, each Olympic and 2.4 Norlin
OD Paralympic medallist at the Rio 2016 Games will receive a travel grant to
attend as well as logistical support provided by World Sailing. The $200,000
AUD prize fund will be shared across the events, adding an extra spice to
what already is set to be a highly charged competition.
The 2016 Sailing World Cup Final will be the climax of a yearlong series. The
first event took place in Melbourne before a stop in Miami, USA at the end of
January and Hyères, France in April. Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland
followed at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing venue before the penultimate
event, Sailing World Cup Qingdao.
By Daniel Smith - World
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