Barnett said, "Everyone here from Asia will be trying to peak for this event so the level will be real high with a real high intensity and it will be really good for our racing."
Merton added, "It gives us a chance to sit back and watch that a bit, focus on our own racing and hopefully have a good one."
Barnett and Merton are aiming to make the most of the opportunity and fly the flag for New Zealand in Qingdao.
"We're most looking forward to comparing ourselves against the really good people in the fleet and see if the stuff we have learnt since the Europeans in June, see if we can put it in to practice well," said Barnett.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao will see the Asian nations fighting it out for Men's 470 Olympic qualification places, but it also presents an opportunity for the young guns of New Zealand to test themselves against a strong field.Posted by World Sailing on Tuesday, 15 September 2015
HOW TO FOLLOW ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP QINGDAO
RESULTS / ENTRIES
Entries for ISAF Sailing World Cup are available to view on the World Cup website here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/entrylist.php and results will be available throughout when racing commences on 16 September here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
Live Tracking via the Sailviewer-3D Tablet App will be available for devices with 7" or greater screens.
Click here to download the iOS Application - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sailviewer-3d/id912801278
Click here to download the Android Application - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stsportservice.sailviewer
The Competition Status Screen feeds in straight from the Race Committee boats with the teams inputting data such as race times, course type, the status of each race and the plan moving forward. The competition status screen will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
The International Sailing Federation will be releasing international press releases after racing throughout the duration of ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. All the latest news and reports will be available to read here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/news/index.php
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ISAF Sailing World Cup
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Melbourne - 7-14 December 2014
Miami - 25-31 January 2015
Hyères - 20-26 April 2015
Weymouth and Portland - 8-14 June 2015
Qingdao - 14-20 September 2015
2015 Final Abu Dhabi - 27 October to 1 November 2015