Rolex Miami OCR 2004 gets underway today with racing starting tomorrow 27 January.
Established in 1990, this annual event organised by the Olympic Sailing Committee of US SAILING, is sailed on Biscayne Bay and features elite-level competition in the classes selected for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As the only International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade-One ranking event in the U.S. for Olympic classes, the Rolex Miami OCR has a track record for high attendance by foreign teams. In 2003 there were 526 athletes from 34 nations. Due to the size of this event, different yacht clubs in the area host the various fleets. For 2004, the Coral Reef Yacht Club will host the Star, Key Biscayne Yacht Club the 49er and the Yngling, Miami Yacht Club the Tornado, Shake-a-Leg Miami the 2.4mR and the Sonar, the Coconut Grove Sailing Club will host the Europe and Mistral fleets and the US Sailing Center will host the Finn, 470 and Laser fleets.
For American sailors, the event is especially important as a ranking regatta for sailors hoping to make the US Sailing Team. The US Sailing Team annually distinguishes the top-five ranked sailors in each Olympic class and, this year, the all important Athens 2004 selection trials for the Europe, Finn, 49er, Tornado and Yngling classes will follow the Rolex Miami OCR, taking place from 12 - 22 February.
For more information and details of past winners at Rolex Miami OCR visit the website via the link below.