Entries for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012 have officially opened, the annual World Championships for the Finn dinghy sailing class will be based at the Falmouth Watersports Centre taking place from 13 - 18 May 2012.
Following the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, which saw 18 sailors qualify their country to sail the Finn at London 2012, the remaining six Olympic places will be taken in Falmouth.
Joining those hoping to qualify will be Olympic medal hopefuls, using the regatta for crucial tuning ahead of London 2012.
Eleven races will be sailed, with two races per day for five days with the sixth and final day reserved for the Medal Race.
Giles Scott (GBR) is the reigning champion after claiming gold at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Scott took the title in the closing stages by just one point from Pieter Jan Postma (NED) who led the Medal Race from start to finish. 2010 World Champion Ed Wright (GBR) had to settle for the bronze medal.
Scott confirmed his entry, "It was fantastic to win the Finn Gold Cup at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth. The Gold Cup is one of the most renowned competitions in the sailing world, to have my name added to the winners list is a real honour and big personal achievement.
"It's exciting that this year's Gold Cup will be sailed on British waters in May, particularly with such a strong Skandia Team GBR Finn squad, who I'm sure will be pushing me hard in my title defence. I'm very happy to confirm my entry as defending champion and grateful to event hosts 'The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club' for awarding me a free entry. I'm really looking forward to racing, Falmouth will be a great venue, hopefully I can repeat the success of Perth."
The Falmouth Finn Festival will be hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (RCYC), situated in an idyllic waterfront setting in Falmouth; the RCYC was formed in 1871 and is the 15th oldest "Royal" yacht club in England. The first patrons of the Club were Queen Victoria and the Duke of Cornwall, the current patron of the Club is HRH Prince Charles who succeeded his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1977.
The Gold Cup forms part of a wider Falmouth Finn Festival, starting with the British UK Open Finn National Championships from the 4-7 May. Entries for the Finn Nationals are also now open.
To enter either the Finn Gold Cup or the UK Open Finn National Championships and for further information visit www.falmouthfinnfestival.com