For the first time, the Hempel World Cup Series of sailing, the most important international event of the Olympic classes, arrives in Italy. World Sailing, with the Italian and French Sailing Federations, choose Genoa to host, from Sunday 14 to Sunday 21 April, the event dedicated to sailing world. In the "Superba", crews from 59 countries are expected to arrive, while 466 boats and 700 athletes can discover the beauties of Genoa from the touristic point of view. The 5 race courses are located between the Port of Genoa and Quarto: the audience can enjoy the show of the boats competing.
A great sailing event with collateral initiatives and events throughout the city, from commerce to accommodation facilities. Genoa is the only European city that will host one of the three Hempel World Cup stages: the others are Miami and Enoshima in Japan. It starts on Monday, April 15th, in Piazza De Ferrari, with the opening ceremony at 6pm and the parade of all the World Series athletes.
De Ferrari, throughout the week, turns into a true Olympic village dedicated to sailing, with a maxi-screen and an area dedicated to DJ-sets and talks, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7 to 9 pm. Also in Piazza De Ferrari , during the race weekend, it's possible to follow the races live, with technical commentary (or streaming from the Youtube World Sailing channel).
The Qualification System regulates the quota of participants for each class, the procedures and priorities for accessing the stages of the competition, whose mechanisms are the exclusive responsibility of World Sailing and do not involve National Federations. Furthermore, as per the standard procedure for the WCS rounds, the invitations for the Genoa stage were forwarded starting from last February 13th. The order of priority is dictated by the positions of the crews in the World Ranking, referring to February 6th 2019: here the ranking. Finally, here is the Hempel World Cup Series 2019 Call for Tenders / Instructions.
Thursday 18 April at 6pm at the Galata Museo del Mare is scheduled a meeting open to the public with one of the most famous sailors on the globe: Santiago Lange, the Argentine wind engineer, winner of 3 Olympic medals and 6 World Cups. Also on Thursday 18, starting at 6pm, the awaited World Cup Party will begin. The event is repeated next year, when the race is also valid as a European continental qualifying regatta for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. For information visit: https://wcsgenova.com