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The History of the ISAF Sailing World Cup

The ISAF Sailing World Cup was launched by ISAF in 2008 to bring together the major regattas on the Olympic sailing circuit, starting in Australia, before moving to the USA and finishing in Europe. Over 2,000 of the world's leading sailors competed in the first season of the World Cup. By scoring competitors across all regattas included in the season, the ISAF Sailing World Cup offers the definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in the Olympic sailing world.


The original series, that took place between 2008 and 2012 kicked off with Sail Melbourne, Australia, followed by the Rolex Miami OCR in the USA. Five European regattas complete the cirucit, they are; the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain; Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France; the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, The Netherlands; Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain; and Kieler Woche, Germany.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings were calculated based on the position that sailors finished at the regattas. First overall was awarded 20 points down to 1 point for the 20th placed finisher. The winner at the end of the series was named the ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion.

Competition at each World Cup regatta was open to the sailing classes chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions.


The ISAF Sailing World Cup for the new Olympic quadrennium kicked off in Melbourne, Australia in December 2012. A shorter series for 2012-2013 saw athletes travel to Miami, USA, Mallorca, Spain and Hyeres, France.

For the 2013-2014 series, Qingdao, China joins the circuit as the first regatta which takes place in October.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Introduction

The introduction of an ISAF Sailing World Cup Final was made in July 2014. The inaugural edition of the regatta will take place from 26-30 November in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

All ten Olympic events will be contested in Abu Dhabi from 26-30 November, with an open kiteboarding event joining the fray around Lulu Island off the UAE capital's stunning Corniche.

With just 20 boats in each event the competition is set to be fierce. Equipment will be supplied in eight of the ten Olympic events (RS:X sailors shall bring their own equipment) and support will be available for travel expenses and accommodation.

The ten Olympic events will contest an opening series and a Medal Race with the kiteboard fleet using a short track format. Prize money will be in awarded to the top three overall finishers in each of the Olympic events from a total prize purse of US$200,000.

Use the links below to read about the past editions and view the overall ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings.

About Sailing as an Olympic Sport

Sailing was first contested at the 1900 Olympic Games, made its next Olympic appearance in 1908 and has been on every Olympic programme since that year. It is one of the oldest sports on the Olympic programme and its Olympic history is littered with many heroes including some of the sporting world's great figures.

In effect, sailing made its Olympic debut in Sydney, as it became the first Olympic sport to make a name change. The sport had always been called yachting in the past.

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