Miami, Florida – US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR is preparing for its 2009 debut as the second stop on the inaugural International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 circuit. Already a long-time ISAF Grade 1 world ranking event as well as a US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics qualifier and preferred winter training regatta for the world’s elite Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, the Rolex Miami OCR also will celebrate its 20th Anniversary when it returns to Coconut Grove, Fla., from January 25-31, 2009. The Notice of Race is now available online at the newly-launched event web site, www.RolexMiamiOCR.org.US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR is open to the events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. The equipment used for each event will be chosen at the 2008 ISAF Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain from November 6-16, 2008. Starting December 1, 2008, competitors and coaches will be required to register online for the Rolex Miami OCR. The deadline for registration is January 19, 2009, and on-site registration will not be available.Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), who won an Olympic Gold Medal in the Laser Radial class, a silver medal at last year’s 2008 Rolex Miami OCR and is currently ranked number one in the ISAF World Rankings, is excited to return to Miami to compete in this competitive event. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the boat,” said Tunnicliffe, after a September victory in Sonars at US SAILING’s U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, followed by a second-place finish at the Snipe Women’s Worlds. “I haven’t been in the Laser Radial since the Olympics.”While the Rolex Miami OCR has typically seen some downturn in participation after an Olympic/Paralympic year, Tunnicliffe believes 2009 will show an impressive turnout. “This (ISAF circuit) is a good incentive to get people to continue on (with their Olympic and Paralympic campaigns) straight away,” she said, adding that the World Cup schedule would be the foundation for her regatta training as she pursues a repeat berth at the 2012 Olympics.The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 consists of the following events:16-21 Dec 2008 – Sail Melbourne Regatta, Melbourne, Australia25-31 Jan 2009 – Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA04-10 April 2009 – Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain18-24 April 2009 – Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France27-31 May 2009 – Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands21-29 June 2009 – Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany14-19 Sept 2009 – Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great BritainIn line with ISAF’s philosophy for the World Cup, the Rolex Miami OCR strives to create the best competition for Olympic and Paralympic sailors, with reviews of the event each year to ensure it exceeds the expectations of all who participate.
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