From 20-26 April 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères returns to the French Riviera, bringing together the world’s top Olympic and Paralympic class competitors. ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères is the penultimate regatta included in the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup, the seventh edition of the annual series for Olympic sailing.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres is a qualification regatta for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final scheduled for 29 October to 1 November 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Hyeres gold medallists in each Olympic event will qualify for the World Cup Final. So Tom Burton AUS and Alison Young GBR (Melbourne), and Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Dongshuang Zhang CHN (Miami) are already classified for the final event.
ISAF SWC 2015 Notices of Race
The Notice of Race for the remaining regattas on the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series has been published.
The Notice of Race covers Hyères, Weymouth and Portland and Qingdao as well as the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final set to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 27 October to 1 November.
Only competitors invited by the Organizing Authority will be eligible to enter each event with invitations issued in accordance with the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qualification System.
At each Sailing World Cup regatta sailors will compete in an opening series from Wednesday to Saturday with Medal Races concluding the regatta on the Sunday. At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final an opening series will be sailed from Thursday to Saturday with Medals Races on Sunday.
Documents governing the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup are available here – www.sailing.org/world_cup_documents.php
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned.
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Melbourne – 7-14 December 2014
Miami – 25-31 January 2015
Hyères – 20-26 April 2015
Weymouth and Portland – 8-14 June 2015
Qingdao – 14-20 September 2015
2015 Final Abu Dhabi – 27 October to 1 November 2015
Hyères and Saling : 47 years of history
The ISAF Sailing World Cup – Hyères TPM, last leg of the World Cup, is the only French meeting on the circuit. Historically, the town used to host the SOF or French Olympic Week. In 2013, the ISAF awarded it the prestigious Sailing World Cup label, thereby confirming its status as an integral part of the circuit.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup – Hyères TPM brings together the very best international competitors over a 10 day period and, as such, it is the biggest sailing event in France in terms of participants and international representation. A veritable feast of sailing and a vital part of preparation for the Olympics, the Sailing World Cup is a flagship event attended by all the greatest athletes.
SWC in figures:
- 10 Olympic series entered
- 2 Paralympic series
- 60 nations represented
- 350 organisers and volunteers
- 80 organiser boats
- 27 international judges
- 6 racing days
It was in 1968 that Abel Bellaguet had the idea of organising an international event in Hyères. The Olympic spirit was at the forefront from the very beginning and yet no one would have bet on the 150 boat regatta still being around 46 years on. It was only much later that the FFV started to provide support, knowhow, expertise and resources to enable the Hyères competition to achieve critical mass.
Initiated by a sailor for other sailors, the French Olympic Week, or SOF (as it was known), was an immediate success due to the excellent organisation and the quality of the venue. From the very beginnings in 1968, the Olympic spirit reigned and the triangular courses marked out in the harbour were equalled only by those set out by the organisers of the Olympic Games in Mexico, Munich or Montreal. Following the successes enjoyed in the early years, the FFV decided to increase the number of circuits, or the available surface area, to enable 240 boats from 16 nations to compete as of the early 70s. “It was then that we embarked on the path to Olympic status” declares Abel Bellaguet, “at the time it was a surprise. And this expansion was only the first in a long series, driven by a certain globalisation of Olympic sailing.
Another milestone was reached in 1991 when the FFV took on direct responsibility for organising the event, working closely with the municipal services of the town of Hyères-Les Palmiers. Since then, the SOF has never stopped growing and has become a leader in this type of event. In 2001, it did what only very few international regattas dare to attempt, or indeed any other sports, and welcomed disabled competitors. In reality, the Sailing World Cup has never been so young and its heritage as precious. It is even proud of its wrinkles, because it is the wind that has etched them into its waters.