Melbourne wins bid to host the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013 – 2016

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Yachting Victoria’s major event arm Sail Melbourne, in conjunction with the State Government of Victoria, announced today their successful bid to host the Oceanic Leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne for the next four years.

The Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Hugh Delahunty and Minister for Tourism and Major Events the Hon. Louise Asher announced the win, alongside Sail Melbourne Chairman Bruce Griffiths and Olympic gold medallist Mark Turnbull OAM at the world class Sandringham Yacht Club.

The event will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club later in the year, kick starting the Oceanic leg of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup series and is yet another major sporting coup for Victoria.

The successful bid reaffirms Melbourne’s position as one of the world’s key sporting capitals and event destinations, along with Port Phillip Bay’s reputation as having some of the most ideal conditions for competitive sailing.”

The ISAF Sailing World Cup is one of Australia’s premier sailing events and delivers a sports entertainment platform centred around world class Olympic sailing. The event which forms a six-part series around the world brings together the best Olympic sailors to our shores offering a unique opportunity for Australia’s sailing community to compete on a global platform.

As host of the event for the past three years, Sail Melbourne has supported Victoria’s goal to stage international events with the aim to drive economic investment and showcase Melbourne as a professional hub for sailing and development throughout the world.

Australia has enjoyed a long and successful history in competitive sailing and currently holds numerous World Titles across a number of Olympic Classes, with expectations high for further Olympic success in London later this year.

The Oceanic Leg of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne will run December 2 – 8, 2012 at the Sandringham Yacht Club with the series next heading to Miami before moving on to Europe.

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