Seventy-one percent of the athletes who have registered will travel from abroad, proving the event's significance as one of the world's top competitions for sailors training for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Racing will be held from 22-27 January on the waters of Biscayne Bay.
For the first time at the event, America's Cup Hall of Fame inductee, author and sailing broadcaster Gary JOBSON (USA) will provide a front row seat for spectators around the world with exclusive daily video reports. NBC will stream the reports as daily web casts on www.nbcsports.com, which will be linked from www.rolexocrmiami.org. JOBSON's production will culminate with a wrap up special on the last day of the regatta.
An elite sailor himself, JOBSON won the America's Cup in 1977 as a tactician for media mogul Ted TURNER (USA) and holds countless one-design and big boat championship titles. He has been a sailing commentator for ESPN for over two decades, and in 1988 won an Emmy Award for his coverage of yachting at the Olympic Games in South Korea.
'This is an exciting opportunity for us to host the biggest names in sailing from around the world - and be watched around the world, thanks to Gary JOBSON's reports,' said Katie KELLY, who is US SAILING's Olympic Director and co-chair of the event along with US SAILING's Head Coach Gary BODIE.
'The huge number of sailors - especially from overseas - coming this year proves this event is more important than ever. We will see intense competition,' said BODIE.
Competitors can still register online, but they will be subject to late fees. Online registration is available at www.rolexmiamiocr.org. Onsite registration will not be available this year.
Established in 1990 by US SAILING, the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR annually draws elite sailors, Olympic and Paralympic medallists and hopefuls from around the world. The regatta is especially important as a ranking regatta for sailors hoping to qualify for the US Sailing Team and the US Disabled Sailing Team, which annually distinguish the top three sailors in each Olympic or Paralympic class.
Regatta Headquarters for US SAILING's 2007 Rolex Miami OCR are at the US Sailing Centre, with classes hosted by other area sailing organizations and parks, which include: Coral Reef Yacht Club, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Miami Yacht Club, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Shake-A-Leg Miami, and Crandon Park Marina. The City of Miami and the Miami Dade Sports Commission also support the event.
In addition to title sponsor Rolex Watch U.S.A., the 2007 Rolex Miami OCR is also sponsored by all the partners that support the US Sailing Team: Nautica, Vanguard Sailboats, Zodiac, Gill, Harken, Sperry Top-Sider, Nikon, New England Ropes, Extrasport, and McLube. Rolex is also a sponsor of the US Sailing Team.
The Rolex Miami OCR will be included in the first running of the ISAF World Cup© series for the Olympic Classes. For more on the ISAF World Cup© CLICK HERE.For a complete list of all the news about the Rolex Miami OCR 2007 CLICK HERE.