Olympic sailing reborn

In three week's time Sail Melbourne will see the advent of ISAF's new Sailing World Cup
Olympic sailing is to go through a major transformation in three weeks time with the advent of the first regatta in the ISAF's new Sailing World Cup: Sail Melbourne. The idea that has been mooted for several years now, is finally set to go live with the aim of elevating media interest in Olympic sailing during non-Olympic years (in much the same way as the 32rd America’s Cup did with their ‘Acts’). ISAF’s Event Manager Alastair Fox explains: “Hopefully by introducing the Sailing World Cup, the media will find it easier to pick up stories on the top sailors and there should be more information getting out there and it should have a good knock on effect to sailors and their sponsors and generally improve recognition of sailing.” For its inaugural year the Sailing Cup World will comprise: Sailing Melbourne (16-21 December 2008) Rolex Miami OCR (25-31 January 2009) Trefo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma (4-10 April) Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres (18-24 April) Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik (27-31 May) Kieler Woche (19-24 June) Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth (14-19 September) The World Cup will be for all the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic classes and as the intention is for it to focus on the elite within Olympic sailing, it has been decided that it only the top 20 from each class within each regatta who score points. Instead of the usual minimum points scoring system, it will be ‘maximum points’ (ie 20 points for 1st, 19 for 2nd, etc with the leaderboard totted up after each event. Significantly at the end of the year there will be a winner in each class. In addition to this there will be ‘national standings’. For those familiar with the World Match Racing Tour, the concept of the Sailing World Cup is easy to understand - and this is