US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR is preparing for its 2009 debut as the second stop on the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 circuit, with the Notice of Race now available online.
Already a long-time ISAF Grade 1 world ranking event as well as a US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics qualifier and preferred winter training regatta for the world's elite Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, the Rolex Miami OCR also will celebrate its 20th Anniversary when it returns to Coconut Grove, Floria, from 25-31 January 2009. The Notice of Race is now available online at the newly-launched event website http://www.rolexmiamiocr.org/
US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR is open to the events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. The equipment used for each event will be chosen at the 2008 ISAF Annual Conference
in Madrid, Spain from 6-16 November 2008. Starting 1 December 2008, competitors and coaches will be required to register online for the Rolex Miami OCR. The deadline for registration is 19 January 2009, and on-site registration will not be available.
(USA), who won an Olympic gold medal in the Laser Radial class at the Beijing Games, a silver medal at last year's 2008 Rolex Miami OCR and is currently ranked #1 in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings
, is excited to return to Miami to compete in this competitive event. "I'm looking forward to getting back in the boat,"
said TUNNICLIFFE, after a September victory in Sonars at US SAILING's US Women's Match Racing Championship, followed by a second-place finish at the Snipe Women's Worlds. "I haven't been in the Laser Radial since the Olympics."
While the Rolex Miami OCR has typically seen some downturn in participation after an Olympic/Paralympic year, TUNNICLIFFE believes 2009 will show an impressive turnout. "This [the ISAF Sailing World Cup) is a good incentive to get people to continue on [with their Olympic and Paralympic campaigns] straight away,"
she said, adding that the World Cup schedule would be the foundation for her regatta training as she pursues a repeat berth at the 2012 Olympic Games.
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
In line with ISAF's philosophy for the World Cup, the Rolex Miami OCR strives to create the best competition for Olympic and Paralympic sailors, with reviews of the event each year to ensure it exceeds the expectations of all who participate.
"We are excited to be a part of the World Cup,"
said US SAILING Olympic Director Katie KELLY. "And with our long-time support from Rolex and other US SAILING sponsors, we know that we can bring something special to ISAF's plate as well."
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