It's only four weeks until the first event of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup gets underway at Sandringham.
With early entries closing on 1 December, some world class names are already confirmed as Melbourne once again plays host to Sail Melbourne - the first event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup
- which runs from 14-19 December 2009.
Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page
and his new 470 partner Mathew Belcher
(AUS), 49er world champions Nathan Outteridge
and Iain Jensen
(AUS), and Olympic RS:X boardsailor Jessica Crisp
(AUS) are just a sample of the sailing elite taking part on their quest for world glory.
Joining the Australians is a strong team from Singapore in the 470 and Laser classes, along with US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' members, Stuart McNay
and Graham Biehl
in the 470 and Paige Railey
in the Laser Radial, Michael Leigh
from Canada in the Laser and many other international teams and competitors.
Viewing from the newly built Sandringham Yacht Club clubhouse will be spectacular as an array of classes take to the water. Racing in Melbourne will be held in the Olympic 470, 49er, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X classes and the Paralympic SKUD18 and 2.4mR. Also taking part will be competitors in some of the classes used at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - 420, 29er, Hobie 16 and Invited International Classes - Laser 4.7, Moth, Cadets, Optimists, Tasars and OK Dinghy.
World class sailing this year will be complimented with a world class yacht club and world class hospitality. All competitors and their guests are invited to take part in the week's activities including the Official ISAF Sailing World Cup Dinner which will be attended by sailing greats from throughout the years, the Access Dinghy Challenge, the glamorous Ladies Day Lunch which is being held in aid of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and the Australian Sailing Team presentation function. For full details of all events, go to www.sailmelbourne.com.au
and click on Event Info and Entertainment Programme.
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/worldcup