Weymouth back in favour
Hyères, France and Weymouth, Great Britain have been named as the European venues for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.
Bids to host the two European regattas of the ISAF Sailing World Cup were carefully considered by ISAF with key criteria including a compact venue, first class sailing areas and facilities.
The selection of Hyères and Weymouth adds to the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup line-up which kicks off in Melbourne, Australia in December 2014 before visiting Miami, USA in January 2015. With the best Olympic class sailors competing for a place at the Final in Abu Dhabi in November 2015 the stage is set for intense racing.
Hyères and Weymouth will welcome the best sailors in the world across the ten Olympic events with the possible inclusion of kiteboarding events to be confirmed at a later date.
Scheduled for the last week of April 2015, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères will be the first regatta to adopt the new 40 boat per event format (25 for the Skiff events), reinforcing the status of the ISAF Sailing World Cup as the premiere series for Olympic class sailors. The qualification system will be published in August detailing how those 40 boats will be selected. Qualification regattas in Europe are set to be Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma de Mallorca, Spain – for Hyères – and the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands – for Weymouth.
Returning to the London 2012 Olympic waters, ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth will take place between 8-19 June with the racing conducted over five days.
John Derbyshire, RYA Racing Manager and Performance Director, commented: “It’s great news that Weymouth and Portland has been confirmed as one of two European venues for the ISAF Sailing World Cup series. Not only a great boost for the sport of sailing in the UK, the Weymouth and Portland venue and area, but it is a fantastic opportunity for the country’s race officials, volunteers who have a real passion for the sport of sailing, as well as British Sailing Team members, to be involved in a World Class sailing event on home waters.”
Simon Morton, UK Sport’s Director of Major Events, commented: “UK Sport is really pleased to be supporting the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup as part of the our Gold Event Series. Weymouth proved to be a successful and popular venue during London 2012, and it is testament to the enduring impact of the Games that some of the biggest sailing events are returning to British shores.
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Melbourne – 7-14 December 2014
Miami – 25-31 January 2015
Hyères - April 2015
Weymouth - 8-19 June 2015
Asian Round - TBC
2015 Final Abu Dhabi – November 2015