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23 January 2009, 09:37 am
British Charge In Miami Led By 49er Pair Aiming For World Cup Double
Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES and Mark ASQUITH at Sail Melbourne
49er team Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES and Mark ASQUITH will lead the British charge at the Rolex Miami OCR

Rolex Miami OCR 2009
Miami, Florida, USA

Great Britain's Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES and Mark ASQUITH will be gunning to get their 2009 off to a flying start by claiming back-to-back ISAF Sailing World Cup wins when the Rolex Miami OCR gets underway on Monday 26 January.
The Skandia Team GBR 49er pair triumphed in emphatic style at the first round of the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup series at Sail Melbourne last month, wrapping up victory by a massive 21 points, and they will be looking for a repeat of that form over the six days of racing in Biscayne Bay.

All 10 Olympic and three Paralympic events being contested at London 2012 will be competing in Miami, including a debut at a multi-class Olympic event for the new Women's Match Racing discipline.

Great Britain will have three crews taking part in the match racing, skippers Lucy MACGREGOR, Mary ROOK and Charlotte LAWRENCE, leading their three-person teams in Laser SB3s, standing in for the Elliott 6m - the chosen boat for London 2012 - in this first regatta. MACGREGOR will actually go head-to-head against her younger sister Nicky MACGREGOR in Miami, Nicky sailing with ROOK.

World Championship bronze medallist Andrea BREWSTER (GBR), another podium finisher in Melbourne, goes in the Laser Radial class as does Bejing 2008 470 women's helm Christina BASSADONE, who swaps the double-hander for the single-hander for this event.

Heading the Laser Radial fleet will be newly-crowned Olympic champion Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA).

Nick THOMPSON (GBR) leads the Skandia Team GBR representation in the Laser while John GIMSON (GBR) and Ed GREIG (GBR) will enjoy their first ISAF Grade 1 regatta outing since teaming up in the Star.

Beijing Paralympians Alex RICKHAM and Niki BIRRELL (GBR) compete in the SKUD18 and John ROBERTSON and Hannah STODEL (GBR) hook up with guest crew Alex WANG-HANSEN (NOR) in the Sonar class as Stephen THOMAS (GBR) recovers from shoulder surgery.

The Rolex Miami OCR regatta runs until Saturday 31 January. The seven-round ISAF World series reaches its climax at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta host by the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition venue at Weymouth and Portland next September.

View the full entry list here

ISAF Sailing World Cup

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
20-29 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 latest World Cup Standings, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.

Karenza Morton (As Amended By ISAF)
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