The World Cup Series is the one stop guide on where to find to the best-of-the-best in Olympic sailing with clear objectives to showcase and develop Olympic sailing, create sporting heroes and engage sports fans, and excite sponsors and broadcasters.
The Series is an annual circuit of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors, and a key event for fans and media to connect with the sport of sailing and develop support for athletes on their road to Tokyo 2020 and beyond. Over 2,000 of the world’s leading sailors, representing 75 nations have competed in the World Cup Series since its beginnings in 2008.
Kiel, Germany was awarded the 2018 edition of the World Cup Series Final, to be held in parallel with the world famous Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) sailing festival, at World Sailing’s 2016 Annual Conference. However, due to conflicts of Kieler Woche and World Sailing commercial partners, a contract could not be agreed upon.
World Sailing is now in search for a European Host City for the 2018 and 2019 World Cup Series Final with excellent sailing conditions, world class onshore facilities for the world’s leading sailors and spectator areas.
The 2017/2018 World Cup Series will begin in Japan this October followed by the American Round in Miami and the French round in Hyeres in 2018. The Host City chosen by World Sailing will be expected to host the World Cup Final in June / early July.
Japan will host the opening of the 2018/2019 series in October 2018 with the American Round follows on January 2018. The European venue chosen for 2018/2019 will host sailors at the end of April with the Final to follow thereafter.