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Online Registration And Notice of Race Now Available
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Rolex Miami OCR 2007
Miami, Florida, USA

From 21-27 January 2007, the world's top Olympic and Paralympic class sailors will be sailing on the waters of Biscayne Bay at US SAILING's ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR. For Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, the 18th annual event is one of the world's top competitions that will help the sailors prepare for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition in Qingdao, China.
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The event features competition in all 14 Olympic and Paralympic events. In 2006, more than 610 sailors representing 40 countries competed. Online registration and the Notice of Race for the world class event are now available at www.rolexmiamiocr.org.

One Additional Race Day

The 2007 US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR marks five days of fleet racing and one day for the Medal Races, which is one extra day compared to previous years. Saturday's Medal Races follow the new Olympic format lining up the top ten teams in each event on the starting line on the final day of racing.

The competition will be raced in all events selected for the next Olympic Games: 49er, 470 (Men and Women), Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X (Men and Women), Star, Tornado, and Yngling. In addition, racing will be held for all the classes selected for the 2008 Paralympic Games: 2.4 Metre, SKUD18, and Sonar.

On-line registration is now open for competitors. Early registration is recommended and encouraged by discounted fees for entries received by 15 January 2007. Registrations received after 15 January 2007 will be subject to late fees. Online registration and regatta information, including the Notice of Race, can be found at www.rolexmiamiocr.org.

Expanded Winter Circuit

After last year's success of a new winter circuit, US SAILING has teamed up once again with several US and North American Classes to organize a winter circuit for Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the Biscayne Bay area. Thus far, 20 regattas and training camps in various classes complementing US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR have been scheduled, with more to come. An overview of all the winter circuit events currently scheduled is available at www.rolexmiamiocr.org.

Established in 1990 by US SAILING, the 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 Miami Dade Sports Commission is also supporting 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.
Marlieke Eaton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Anna TUNNICLIFFE on her way to victory in Miami this year:© Dan Nerney/Rolex
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