#isaf – Following on from Mallorca in under two weeks time, from 19 to 26 April 2014, the town of Hyères on the French south coast will be hosting the much awaited final leg of the ISAF world circuit, the Sailing World Cup Hyères. The only French leg of the Sailing World Cup, organised by the French Sailing Federation (FFV),welcomes more than sixty nations. With more than 600 boats and almost one thousand crew members, the competition will be intense and it promises to be a great show.
Five major legs make up the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit: Qingdao (China), Melbourne (Australia), Miami (United States), Palma (Spain) and Hyères (France). Each of them plays host to all 10 Olympic classes as well as some Paralympic classes. In Hyères, the Finn , 49er , 49erFX , Nacra 17 , RS:X , Laser , Laser radi al, 470, Sonar and 2.4mR will be competing in the different areas offered by its waters.
This year celebrates the second edition of the Sailing World Cup to be held in Hyères and organised by the FFV with the technical, logistical and financial support of the town of Hyères and financial support of the Community of the Toulon Provence Mediterranean Agglomeration.The Hyères race has existed for over 40 years and, in 2013, it obtained the prestigious Sailing World Cup label from the International Federation. This distinction, which allows the points the competitors score to count towards their World Cup rankings, is confirmation of the undeniable prestige of this venue, one of the great venues of international sailing and is also a just reward for the work done by the teams responsible for organisation on land and on the water. Everyone acknowledges the quality of the welcome and the professionalism of the teams that run the Hyères – Toulon Provence Mediterranean leg of the Sailing World Cup. For the participants in this sporting and festive week, the town makes available the very finest facilities and top of the range services.
The islands of The Levant, Port Cros and Porquerolles provide a natural rampart for the sailing area when the sea gets too choppy and offer an exceptional backdrop, making the waters around Hyères some of the most appreciated on the circuit.
Hyères: the meeting place of the world's elite
The Sailing World Cup Hyères – Toulon Provence Mediterranean leg is the most important sailing competition in France in terms of numbers of participants and international competitors. A veritable feast of sailing and an important part of preparing for the Olympics, the Sailing World Cup is a flagship event for the crews, as witnessed by the presence of the best sailors in the world, including a number of Olympic medallists.
The Sailing World Cup Hyères leg in a few figures
10 Olympic classes entered
2 Paralympic classes
60 nations represented
More than 1,000 crew members
350 organisers and volunteers
80 organiser boats
27 international judges
Programme: ISAF Sailing World Cup – Hyères TPM from 19 to 26 April 2014
· 19 – 20 April: Entries – verification of the boats (tonnage)
· 20 April: Compulsory training session 20 April: Opening Ceremony at 5 pm
· 21 – 22 April: Qualifying Rounds
· 23 – 25 April: Finals
· 25 April: Paralympic Award Ceremony at 6 pm
· 26 April: Medal Race
· 26 April: Award Ceremony at 5 pm
Official web site: http://swc.ffvoile.fr/
FFV site: http://www.ffvoile.fr/