PHOTOS: SAILING ENERGY / WORLD SAILING
THE 2016 SAILING WORLD CUP FINAL at the St Kilda Sailing Precinct brings the 2015-16 world series season to full circle. Melbourne hosted the opening event last December before a stop in Miami, USA at the end of January. Two stops in Europe in Hyères, France and Weymouth & Portland, Great Britain lead into Sailing World Cup Qingdao in September and then December’s showcase. Art Series Hotel Group will be the official hotel partner of the event.
The regatta in St Kilda Sailing Precinct made out of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS), St Kilda Baths, St Kilda Beach and Catani Gardens, will put the sport front and centre of the public.
“We’re thrilled to be adding another world-renowned event to our first-class calendar of great sporting events. Port Phillip is the perfect setting for the Sailing World Cup Final, and what’s the better place to set up camp and watch the world’s best than the St Kilda Foreshore,” says Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren. “Events like these bring visitors from all over Australia and the world, and that means jobs and growth for Victoria.”
The 2016 Optimist Nations Cup is returning to the Sailing World Cup Melbourne with fleets Open and Intermediate. Competitors in the Open fleet are eligible to enter in the Opti Nations Cup.