There were more than 300 accomplished sailors from more than 35 countries competing from January 26 to February 2, 2013 at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
For the uninitiated, ISAF is the acronym for the International Sailing Federation, which is the world governing body for the sport of sailing. The Sailing World Cup Miami is a regatta to bring together the best Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the world.
It is considered a cornerstone of the winter season and essential for any sailors hoping to compete in Rio 2016. It was also the only stop in North America.
Six days of Competitive Sailing
The Olympic class events saw the world’s best sailors compete for six days in the beautiful Biscayne Bay waters off the Miami Coast. Each day saw drama on the high seas as the best of the best vied for medals. As always the combination of skill, water conditions and plain luck made for great competition as they battled for rankings.
Check out the official website of the ISAF for their ISAF TV video highlights, with the most popular match day videos from each day of the World Cup Miami available to watch online.
US Sailors Go for Glory
American competitors competed hard to place well in this Olympic pre-qualifier. In the end the USA won 13 medals in all:
Five gold medals
Three silver medals
Three bronze medals
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami was a selection event for the US Sailing Team in all classes except for Nacra 17 and SKUD-18.
Americans Dominated New Event
The mixed multihull was a debut event at this year’s regatta. The USA did well with Americans garnering the top honors and taking gold, silver and bronze placements.
Overall the medal races were exciting with some unexpected results mixed in with favorites taking the winning standings. Watch this race recap video on Youtube for some of the most exciting moments from the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
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