The event is mandatory for the 2006 US Sailing Teams as well as the Canadian Team; a country qualifier event for the 2007 Pan American Games; and one of the first ISAF Grade 1 events for the new Neil Pryde RS:X board. Competitors will also enjoy exciting racing, improved facilities, and new race formats with on-the-water judging in the finals.
The competition will be raced in all equipment selected for the eleven events at the next Olympic Games:
- Women's Windsurfer - Neil Pryde RS:X
- Men's Windsurfer - Neil Pryde RS:X
- Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
- Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
- Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
- Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
- Women's Keelboat - Yngling
- Men's Keelboat - Star
- Multihull - Tornado
- Skiff - 49er
- Heavyweight Dinghy - Finn
Racing will also be held for the 2.4mR and Sonar, two of the three equipment selected for the 2008 Paralympic Games. IFDS recently announced that the UD-18 will be the third and new Paralympic class, but because of currently availability, it will not be used in the 2006 Rolex Miami OCR.
Online registration is now open for competitors and coaches at www.ussailing.org/Olympics/RolexMiamiOCR. Early registration is recommended and encouraged by discounted fees for entries received by 16 January 2006. Registrations received after 16 January 2006 will be subject to late fees.
New Winter Circuit
To ensure sailors can maximize their time in Florida training, US SAILING has teamed up with several U.S. and North American Class Associations to create a new Winter Circuit for Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the Biscayne Bay area. Thus far, more than 20 regattas and training camps in various classes complementing the Rolex Miami OCR have been scheduled to date, with more to come. Visit the US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR website for details on each event - www.ussailing.org/Olympics/RolexMiamiOCR.
In addition to title sponsor Rolex Watch U.S.A., the 2006 Rolex Miami OCR also receives sponsorship from the partners that support the US Sailing Teams: Nautica, Extrasport, Gill, Harken, McLube, New England Ropes, Sperry Top-Sider, Vanguard Sailboats, Vineyard Vines, and Zodiac. Rolex is also a sponsor of the US Sailing Teams.For a complete list of all the news about the Rolex Miami OCR 2006 CLICK HERE.