About The ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne

Event Background

Now in its sixth year, the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne is well established as a world-class fixture in Victoria’s summer of sailing.  Showcasing the best of the best on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, is the premier annual event for Olympic class sailing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Held in six cities around the world, Melbourne is the first stop of the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series which then heads to  Miami, USA, Hyeres, France, Weymouth & Portland, Great Britain, Qingdao, China and finishes with the series Grand Final event to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Over 3000 of the world’s leading sailors representing 48 nations have competed at the event in the past five years. The ISAF Sailing World Cup offers a definitive guide to the best in Olympic sailing, scoring competitors across all events throughout the season

At a national level, the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne is Australia’s most important and inclusive Olympic and Youth Class regatta, providing a platform for aspiring young sailors to compete in a world class event alongside their sailing heroes through its Invited Classes.

With the support of the Victorian Government, Melbourne will host the Oceanic arm of the ISAF Sailing World Cup for the next two years as it continues to cement itself as a significant event in Melbourne’s major sporting portfolio, alongside the Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Tennis Open and Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The regatta is the first stop of the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series, the seventh edition of the annual series for sailors who are campaigning for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions.

About ISAF Sailing

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the governing authority for sailing worldwide. ISAF is responsible for the promotion and development of the sport internationally, including managing sailing at the Olympic Games, developing the International Yacht Racing Rules and Regulations as well as the training of judges, umpires and other administrators.

Olympic class sailing is different to the larger yachts that compete in events such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. They are small one or two-person dinghies sailed ‘off the beach‘. All in all, there are 10 classes eligible to compete in the Olympics as well as three Paralympic classes.

A Sailing World Cup event includes a series of races taking place over the course of the week for each of the participating classes. All boats of the same class are known as a ‘fleet’ and compete against each other on the same course at the same time. The race courses incorporate a variety of different sailing angles including upwind, downwind and reaching, and races usually last between 30 and 75 minutes.


 2014-15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas

26-Nov-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi UAE
07-Dec-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Melbourne AUS
24-Jan-2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Miami USA
20-Apr-2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Hyeres FRA
08-Jun-2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland Weymouth & Portland GBR


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