Please select your home edition
Edition
Sunsail 2017 July Windwards
BACARDI CUP
Bacardi Cup 2017
ABOUT
From the initiative of some of the world's best sailors, the Star Sailors League (SSL), launched an international circuit of regattas in January 2013. This new league has been built on the existing circuit of over 220 International Star regattas around the world, using a unified world ranking, created based on the ATP World TourTM, established by tennis players in 1972. Drawing on this inspiration from tennis, the SSL also awards substantial prize money to the best-ranked sailors.
Find out more on the Star Sailors League website here
UPCOMING
RANKING
1 - Diego Negri
Diego Negri
2 - Xavier Rohart
Xavier Rohart
3 - George Szabo
George Szabo
GAME
Star Sailors League - Virtual Regatta

Sailing stars go Bahamas Sloop racing... and sink!

by Rachele Vitello on 4 Dec 2016 4 December 2016
SSL Finals 2016 stars go sloop racing © SSL / Martinez Studio

A perfect day in Nassau, Bahamas, off the beautiful Montagu Bay, where the Best of the Best Regatta took place today with traditional sloops racing and Bahamian junior sailing running their 2016 finals.

A great occasion for our Star Sailors to jump on one boat, Crazy Partner, and challenge the locals on their specialities. "In nomen omen" and the boat proved to be one crazy partner with sailors unable to manage her. Going downwind the international crew thought it was a good idea to gybe, when the local tactician onboard didn't agree they didn't think it was because Bahamian Sloops cannot gybe. During the manoeuvre the boat went slightly under water and in 5 seconds was literally sinking. Watch the video below, with a very funny interview to the SSL Swim Team!

Joking aside, last night the Gala Dinner with Prize Giving Ceremony was held at Nassau Yacht Club, with the 25 teams, all of the SSL Staff, Dennis Conner, the Race Committee and all those people from the Club that helped during the week. It was a very enjoyable night with sailing legends such as Torben Grael, Robert Scheidt and Paul Cayard were sharing good memories and stories with the new kids from the block, like 22 years old Facundo Olezza and kiwi Sam Meech.

The Star Sailors League took a chance for a preview of the plans for next year. The SSL Finals 2017 will come back to Nassau, Bahamas from 3rd to 10th December. And if this is not big enough, the Bacardi Cup, in Miami from 5th to 11th March, will be worth 3,000 point for the SSL Rankings. It will be the first time this prestigious and historic event, running for the Star since the 1920s, will receive as many points as a SSL Grand Slam. Full Media Coverage will be granted in Star Sailors League style and some of the world's best sailors will be racing as VIPs.

It will be a great opportunity for Star Sailors League to test the format of the SSL Sea Grand Slam, the one that follows sailing tradition. The format will see long routes and races, not more than 2 per day, lasting up to two hours. It takes inspiration by the historical format of Star Class world championships and not by the SSL two-phase format with a qualification and elimination rounds like the other three Grand Slam.

This traditional format allows legendary regattas to enter in the SSL Circuit without undermining their original rules. SSL Sea Grand Slam celebrates the champions that are the inshore regatta legends: Paul Elvstrom (DEN), Lowell North (USA), Dennis Conner (USA), John Bertrand (AUS), Jochen Shümann (GER), and many others. The ideal champion for the SSL Sea Grand Slam is a great strategist, able to run his race while controlling the other competitors, anticipating the water’s evolution, taking advantage from them. It’s endurance sailing at its finest, the best will maintain physical and mental potential for up to 8 hours a day and will race with winds ranging from 10 to 18 knots.

For more photos, video and information visit finals.starsailors.com

Related Articles

International Moth Worlds top contenders guide
Standby for the most competitive Moth Worlds ever The largest and most competitive Moth World Championship begins this week at one of the most glamorous racing locations in world sailing, Lake Garda. A record 240 Moths are entered from 25 countries from all over the globe. Posted on 24 Jul
Paul Goodison interview at Lake Garda
The Moth Worlds versus the America's Cup Jonny Fullerton interviews Paul Goodison, current Moth World Champion, ahead of the 2017 Worlds: talking about breakages, Moth versus America's Cup sailing, and what he has been missing these past two years. Posted on 24 Jul
WASZP International Games preview
Standby for take off at Campione, Lake Garda The most popular one design foiler in the world is hosting its inaugural International Championship only 1 year since production commenced on this product. The WASZP is taking grass roots sailing to new levels around the world. Posted on 23 Jul
Moth Worlds at Lake Garda preview part 2
So who's going to win then? We left this conversation yesterday at the critical point. It's the usual conversation that the armchair pundits like to start talking about in the run up to a big sailing event. Posted on 22 Jul
Ian Walker Interview
Musto ambassador, Volvo Ocean Race winner, Olympic medallist We speak to Musto ambassador Ian Walker about his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup, his new desk job, sailing for fun, and 20 years of the John Merricks Sailing Trust. Posted on 21 Jul
Moth Worlds at Lake Garda preview part 1
It's a wonderful time; it's a horrible time! It's a wonderful time; it's a horrible time. We're less than a week away from the start of the 2017 Moth Worlds and it really is a time of mixed feelings for Mothies. It's getting the heart pumping just putting these thoughts down. Posted on 21 Jul
Sailing history for sale
We are about to lose a major part of UK dinghy heritage The UK dinghy scene is unique in its richness and diversity. Sadly, it looks as though we may be about to lose a major part of this important heritage. Posted on 12 Jul
Knots are great, but beware of limitations
Paul Dyer tests the effects of knots and splices on rope strength Paul Dyer, technical manager at Marlow Ropes, tests the effects of knots and splices on rope strength. Posted on 11 Jul
Interview with David Chandler
VX One Champion, 37 years after PoW Cup win David Chandler recently won the VX One National Championship at Sunderland YC, 37 years after winning the Prince of Wales Cup, the one-race nationals for the International 14 class. We spoke to him about how he's 're-living his youth' in the VX One. Posted on 6 Jul
SuperFoilers are go!
Welcome to the flying boat era on Sydney Harbour SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets in the great scheme of things, they come together in the one form as harmoniously as a Rolls Royce. Posted on 2 Jul