Photography: Jeff Crow- Sport the Library
Invited and Youth class sailors planning to take part in the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final can enter online today via www.sailingworldcupmelbourne.com.
Online entry and Notice of Race for the Invited Classes went live today, Thursday 1st July 2016, for the final stop of the 2016 Sailing World Cup Series that will run from December 4 – 11 at the St Kilda Sailing Precinct. This will be the second year the event will be held here but the first time in history the final has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.
Racing for the 14 classes begin on Thursday 8th December, except for the 2.4mR non- classified class who will begin on Tuesday 6th. This year, event organisers have catered for sailors who would usually compete in the Laser Standard, Laser Radial and 49er FX Olympic Classes but were unable to make a top 20 position. These sailors will have an opportunity to be part of the Sailing World Cup scene and compete in close proximity to the highest rated sailors in their class. Lesley Fasala, Australian Sailing manager for regattas and events, said they needed an option for local sailors who wanted to be a part of the action:
“We have an incredible opportunity at our doorstep and wanted to make sure our local sailors and anyone outside the top 20 could have an opportunity to be a part of this event. Although these sailors won’t share the same start line with the Olympic Classes they will have the opportunity to race in a high profile, prestigious regatta.”