With the Star Worlds scheduled for Miami in April, the fleet at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR is sprinkled with World Champions, national champions and Olympic medalists. (photo by Walter Cooper/US SAILING).
Miami, Fla. (January 30, 2008) – After three days of fleet racing at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, the cream is rising to the top for the 369 sailors competing from 34 countries. The regatta, which is hosting fewer classes than normal due to conflicting world championships overseas, has shown no shortage of intensity or talent in the four Olympic classes (Laser, Laser Radial, Star, Yngling) and three Paralympic classes (SKUD-18, Sonar, 2.4mR) competing here on Biscayne Bay. On the subject of attracting top sailors, perhaps more pertinent than the regatta counting toward world rankings has been the plays that athletes must still make in this Olympic/Paralympic year. Not only must some still gain a nod of selection to their national teams but also several countries themselves must qualify for berths in China. With the Yngling Worlds following this event here next week and the Star Worlds scheduled for here as well in April, these two classes have proven to be the deepest in talent.