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2 December 2008, 04:24 pm
Online Registration Is Open for US SAILING's 2009 Rolex Miami OCR
Racing at the 2008 Rolex Miami OCR
It's time to get your entries in for the 2008 Rolex Miami OCR

Rolex Miami OCR 2009
Miami, Florida, USA

Mandatory, online registration for US SAILING's 2009 Rolex Miami OCR, the second event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, opens today at the event website www.RolexMiamiOCR.org.
All competitors and coaches must register online before 19 January 2009, as there will be no on-site registration. Women's match racing teams have an earlier deadline of 16 December 2008. The 2009 event, scheduled for Sunday 25 January through to Saturday 31 January, with racing beginning on Monday, is one of seven events chosen for the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup.

Events to Compete

US SAILING's 2009 Rolex Miami OCR is open to the events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. Racing in the ten Olympic events at the Rolex Miami OCR will be in the following fleets:

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Men's One Person Dinghy Heavy - Finn
Men's Windsurfer - RS:X
Women's Windsurfer - RS:X Women
Men's Two Person Dinghy High Performance - 49er
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Men's Keelboat - Star
Women's Keelboat Match Racing - SB3 Laser Standard with asymmetrical spinnaker

The equipment used in Miami is the same as will be used at the 2012 Olympic Games except for the equipment used for women's match racing. The Women's Keelboat Match Racing event will make its debut at London 2012 with the Elliott 6m with a crew of three women the equipment for the event at the Games. Because that boat is not available in time for US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the regatta will use the SB3 Laser Standard with an asymmetrical spinnaker.

The three Paralympic fleets competing in Miami are:

One-Person Keelboat - 2.4mR
Two-Person Keelboat - SKUD18
Three-Person Keelboat - Sonar

US SAILING's 2009 Rolex Miami OCR will also be the only ranking regatta for American athletes who aspire to make the 2009 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and US Disabled Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. Based solely on the results at this regatta, US SAILING will recognize the top three boats in each class for both teams.

Special Registration for Women's Match Racing

All women's match racing teams or Member National Authorities (MNAs) must indicate their interest by registering before 16 December 2008. After assessing the number of entries for women's match racing, the organizing committee will announce the accepted teams on 18 December 2008. They will also include any additional competition instructions for women's match racing teams.

For all other classes, registration closes on 19 January 2009. Please visit www.RolexMiamiOCR.org for the amended Notice of Race.

ISAF Sailing World Cup

The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 consists of the following events:

16-21 Dec 2008 - Sail Melbourne The Asia Pacific Regatta, Melbourne, Australia
25-31 Jan 2009 - Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA
4-10 April 2009 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain
18-24 April 2009 - Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France
27-31 May 2009 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands
20-29 June 2009 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
14-19 Sept 2009 - Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain

Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, including more on the seven events, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.

Barby MacGowan
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