Miami, Fla. (November 15, 2006) – From January 21 to 27, 2007, the world’s top Olympic and Paralympic class sailors will be sailing on the waters of Biscayne Bay at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR. For Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, the 18th annual event is one of the world’s top competitions that will help the sailors prepare for the competition in China in 2008. The event is ranked by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as a Grade 1 event and features competition in all 14 Olympic and Paralympic classes. In 2006, more than 610 sailors representing 40 countries competed. Online registration and the Notice of Race for the world-class event are now available at www.RolexMiamiOCR.org.
One Additional Race Day
The 2007 US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR marks five days of fleet racing and one day of medal racing, which is one extra day compared to previous years. Saturday’s medal races follow the new Olympic and Paralympic format lining up the top 10 teams in each class on the starting line on the final day of racing.
The competition will be raced in all events selected for the next Olympic Games: 49er, 470 (Men & Women), Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Neil Pryde RS:X (Men & Women), Star, Tornado, and Yngling. In addition, racing will be held for all the classes selected for the 2008 Paralympic Games: 2.4mR, SKUD-18, and Sonar.
On-line registration is now open for competitors. Early registration is recommended and encouraged by discounted fees for entries received by January 15, 2007. Registrations received after January 15, 2007 will be subject to late fees. Online registration and regatta information, including the Notice of Race, can be found at www.RolexMiamiOCR.org.
Expanded Winter Circuit
After last year’s success of a new winter circuit, US SAILING has teamed up once again with several U.S. and North American Class Associations to organize a winter circuit for Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the Biscayne Bay area. Thus far, 20 regattas and training camps in various classes complementing US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR have been scheduled, with more to come. An overview of all the winter circuit events currently scheduled is available at www.RolexMiamiOCR.org.
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