The Notice of Race for US SAILING's 2008 Rolex Miami OCR has been posted at www.rolexmiamiocr.org and online registration has begun.
Competitors must register before 21 January 2008 to receive discounted entry fees. Scheduled for its 19th edition over 27 January to 2 February, the popular US SAILING event is an ISAF Grade 1 regatta and will host world-class racing for Olympic hopefuls in four of 11 classes (Laser, Laser Radial, Star, and Yngling) and Paralympic hopefuls in all three of their classes (2.4mR, SKUD-18, and Sonar) chosen for the 2008 Games in Qingdao, China. Because of Olympic-year conflicts with World Championships held overseas, racing at the Rolex Miami OCR has been eliminated for seven of the Olympic Classes.
"We are especially excited about participation in the Yngling and Star classes since the Yngling Worlds immediately follow the Rolex Miami OCR and the Star Worlds are in Miami in April,"
said US SAILING's High Performance Director Gary BODIE. "So for these two classes as well as the others, it will be business as usual, with the top players from across the globe coming here to train and participate in the best regattas possible."
BODIE added that several international teams will be using the 2008 Rolex Miami OCR as qualifications for their Olympic and Paralympic teams - another reason to expect the same tough competition that has contributed to the steady growth of this event.
The Rolex Miami OCR consists of five days of fleet racing from Monday 28 January through Friday 1 February, and one day of top-ten Medal Racing (for Olympic classes only) on Saturday 2 February, replicating the new Olympic format that will debut in Qingdao.
In addition to title sponsor Rolex Watch U.S.A., the 2008 Rolex Miami OCR is also sponsored by all the partners that support the US Sailing Team: Nautica, Vanguard Sailboats, Gill, Sperry Top-Sider, Ribcraft, Harken, New England Ropes, Extrasport, Nikon, and Team McLube. Rolex is also a sponsor of the US Sailing Team.
Rolex Miami OCR - www.rolexmiamiocr.org