There are only a few days left to register for the second event of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup: US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, taking place from 25-30 January.
More than 500 sailors from 44 countries have registered to date, proving its prominence as a must-sail event for Olympic and Paralympic sailors. The entry list, which has already surpassed last year's numbers, has quickly become a who's who of Olympic and Paralympic medallists and World Champions.
Competitors must register and submit entry fees online at the event website, http://rmocr.ussailing.org
, prior to this Friday 8 January. There will be no on-site registration for this event.
As the second event in the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup series, this popular event promises elite, international competition on the waters of Biscayne Bay from 25 Januar-30 January, in the classes selected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sailors' results at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR will count towards their 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup Standing. Gold medals score 20 points, silver is 19 points, and so on down to 1 point for a 20th place finish. At the conclusion of the season, the sailors top of the World Cup Standings in each event will be crowned ISAF Sailing World Cup winners.
At this year's Rolex Miami OCR, Great Britain's Lucy MacGregor and her Women's Match Racing team will set out to defend their 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup title, as will fellow Brit Nick Thompson, who won the last year's Laser World Cup title.
"OCR is the first event of 2010 for the majority of people, so it's the first chance to see how the winter training has gone, and it's a good gauge for the year ahead," said Thompson. "The competition is always tough."
"In Miami, you get a good mix of racing conditions; it can throw anything at you, like we saw last year," he added. "It's a really tough event, which makes it stand out from some of the others."
Rolex Miami OCR is also important to US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members such as Stu McNay and Graham Biehl, who recently finished second in the Men's 470 at Sail Melbourne for the second year in a row. "We want to perform well at the Rolex Miami OCR because it's the only [ISAF] Sailing World Cup on our home turf and we want to back up our silver medal at Sail Melbourne," said Biehl. Sail Melbourne was the first event of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup, and McNay and Biehl scored 19 points towards their overall ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings. The team finished second in the ISAF Sailing World Cup standings in 2008-2009.
"I think OCR is going to be a great opening event for me," said USSTAG teammate Paige Railey, who won a silver medal in the Laser Radial at last year's Rolex Miami OCR, as well as gold medals at two other 2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup events, Kieler Woche in Germany, and the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE in Palma, Spain. "I'm going to work on some new techniques, and I am interested to see how they will pan out."
Aside from its importance on the world stage, US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR is crucial for American sailors in that it's the last qualifying event for the 2010 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, which will select the top sailors in each Olympic and Paralympic class.
Register now at http://rmocr.ussailing.org.