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Less is More in new Sailing World Cup series plan

World Sailing reveals a new plan for the future of top level dinghy sailing that sees the Sailing World Cup reduced to three events in 2017 - WPNSA must bid for a place.

The 2015/16 Sailing World Cup comprises six events plus a final.

Melbourne and Qingdao have struggled to attract full fleets for the ten Olympic events and they are dropped.

The British Weymouth & Portland venue is also dropped, but can bid for the European Final venue spot (2017, 18, 19).

This would seem to be an essential move for the Weymouth & Portland venue, which has not proved popular without an SWC event.

Miami is guaranteed as a venue for the next four years. Hyeres is the one guaranteed European venue for 2017 and 2018.

Japan is a venue for 2017 thru 20 plus it is the venue for the SWC Final in 2020 just before the Olympics.

To ensure participation sailors must commit to a full series to qualify for the Final event.

World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt commented,

"We now aim to develop a sustainable, long term, annual elite series that supports an Olympic campaign, drives our commercial and sponsorship activities and takes the sport to thriving venues with world famous sailing conditions."

World Sailing will annouce the resullt of the SWC Final bid process on 26 October 2016.

They have also to announce Qualification regattas for the 2017/18 season.

The 2017-2020 Sailing World Cup series of events:

2017: Miami (Jan), Hyeres (April) + European Final (late June/ early July)

2017/18: Japan (Oct 2017), Miami (Jan 2018), Hyeres (May 2018) + European Final

2018/19: Japan (Oct 2018), Miami (Jan 2019), Europe Round (May-June) + European Final

2019/20: Japan (Oct 2019), Miami, (Jan 2020) Europe Round (May-June) + Japan Final (July 2020).

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