Following demand from sailors, ISAF Member National Authorities and the media the International Sailing Federation launched the ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2008 to bring the existing major regattas on the Olympic sailing circuit together.
Over 2,000 of the world's leading sailors representing 75 nations competed in the fifth season of the ISAF Sailing World Cup as the best sailing talent gathered.
The 2013-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup starts in China, before moving to Australia, USA and finishing in Europe. The 2013-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup sees the introduction of a new venue, Qingdao, China, the host venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas are the highest graded events in that they are worth 200-points for sailors in the ISAF World Ranking System. With the stakes high at ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas the top sailors will feature prominently on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.