Hundreds of world-class sailors have gathered from Tuesday, 13 to participate in the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Nations Cup Grand Final at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the USA which will host races in both open and women’s categories. From 13-18 September, the final will see some tough competition between racers who have fought themselves through regional rounds that started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 24 March.
The best of sailors can be viewed along the Lake Michigan shore where they will try to propel their exact one-design class sailboats to clinch the title of the Nations Cup Grand Final. The organizers are looking forward to attracting hoards of spectators who can easily view the competition from the beaches, parks and Blue Harbor Resort & Spa situated on South Pier.
The US SAILING Center Sheboygan which is the address for the event and the Olympic training centres for sailors is one of the Great Lakes located in North America. It has won the bid to host the ISAF Nations Cup Grand sailing event getting past competition hurled by Busan, Korea; Chicago, USA; and Gdynia, Poland. Though the sailing competition was not so popular earlier, the ISAF event and the debut of the women’s match racing at the 2012 Olympics will garner it enough attention.
The six-day event that began on Tuesday, will have twenty teams participating in open and women’s categories in the grand final. Teams have arrived from all around the world representing countries like Australia, South Africa, France, China, Pakistan, Greece, Turkey and Canada.
This is the first time the US has hosted the Nations Cup final since 1995. Last time the event was held in 2009 at Porto Alegre, Brazil.
For more information on the event, visit the website: http://nationscup2011.org/