All eyes will be on Sandringham Yacht Club for the first leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, Australia from 6-12 November as the best of the best descend on Port Phillip Bay.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is an exciting addition to the city's summer events calendar and will showcase a marine driven carnival and the very best of Olympic class sailing in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games.
Bruce Griffiths, Chairman of Sail Melbourne said, "The event was a phenomenal success in 2010 with 456 athletes from 42 countries competing and more spectators than ever before. Growing anticipation for the upcoming Olympics will ensure 2011 is the best competition so far."
Australian Sailing Team champions including ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby
, Malcolm Page
, Mathew Belcher
and Krystal Weir
have all confirmed their attendance at this year's event and are keen to set sail.
"Sail Melbourne is the perfect opportunity for us to compete against the best of the best as we move closer to the Games,"
said Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page who currently holds the title of world number one crew in the 470 class with his skipper Mat Belcher.
"I always look forward to coming home to compete in Australia. Sail Melbourne offers a great experience with fantastic sailing conditions on Port Phillip Bay and top facilities."
With world class sailing out on the water and a marine driven carnival filled with engaging lifestyle events, Sail Melbourne promises something for everyone.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said, "This year's Sail Melbourne promises to excite Victorians as the high calibre event continues to grow into a signature sporting platform. The Victorian Government is a proud sponsor of the event and I encourage everyone to get down to Port Phillip Bay to view the action and embrace the sailing lifestyle."
This year's marine carnival will once again host engaging lifestyle events including the Official Dinner, The Sail Experience Luncheon, Lifestyle Party and Family Day.
Kate Allen, Sail Melbourne Event Development Manager said, "We are thrilled with how our vision for the Sailing World Cup is coming together and value the continued support from our generous sponsors who share our future goals and understand the event's potential.
"We are delighted to once again have on board a number of corporate sponsors including Minter Ellison, Deloitte, Bayside City Council, Parks Victoria, Club Marine, San Pellegrino, Audi Centre Brighton and DB Schenker, among others.
"This year we would also like to welcome Mexican luxury fashion label Pineda Covalin which will add a richness of colour and a cosmopolitan style to our lifestyle events. High performance marine clothing label Gill Australia will also join us as our Official Clothing Supplier."
Sail Melbourne will also hold the tenth International Sailing Summit (ISS), an event which will see the sport and industry join forces to drive positive change and to take the sport of sailing to new realms.
ISS Patron and 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby said, "I am very proud to have been asked to be a part of this year's Summit. It is vital to future success that the industry and sport come together to drive change through challenging times.
"The current business environment has been tough on everyone and the Summit will address the issues and actions to assist the sailing community to fire up again and get people sailing."
Parks Victoria will once again encourage everyone to get involved with this year's Sailing World Cup Carnival and take full advantage of the excellent conditions on Port Phillip Bay.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup features seven regattas globally, of which Sail Melbourne is the first. Following Melbourne, teams will compete in Miami, USA; Palma, Spain; Hyeres, France; Medemblik, The Netherlands and 2012 Olympic venue Weymouth, England before finishing in Kiel, Germany.
Sail Melbourne is an advocate of youth development and through invitation provides the opportunity for amateurs to compete in a world class event alongside their sailing heroes. The event also offers all three Paralympic classes.
For more information please visit www.sailmelbourne.com.au