Racing will start on December 2nd for the Star Sailors League Finals in Nassau, Bahamas. For the third year in a row, some of the best sailors in the world will compete for the 2015 title and prize money of 200,000$ in the clear blue waters in front of Nassau Yacht Club.
As always the quality of athletes competing is astounding, ten of the teams are here as top ranked Star sailors, based on the Star Class regattas held in 2015 around the world, and the remaining ten are VIPs from the world of sailing.
Nine Olympic Medallists
GER Jochen Schümann (three gold and one silver)
POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz (one gold and one bronze)
BRA Bruno Prada (one silver and one bronze)
CYP Pavlos Kontides (one silver)
USA Brian Ledbetter(one silver)
GER Ingo Borkowski (one silver)
BRA Lars Grael (two bronze)
FRA Xavier Rohart (one bronze)
FRA Pascal Rambeau (one bronze)
World Champions – Louis Vuitton Cup and VOR winners
USA Paul Cayard (World Champion in Star and Winner of LVC and one VOR)
GBR Ian Williams (five World Champion in Match Racing)
GER Robert Stanjek (World Champion in Star)
USA George Szabo (World Champion in Star)
NZL Hamish Pepper (World Champion in Star)
BRA Jorge Zarif (World Champion in Finn)
GBR Steve Mitchell (World Champions in Star and Etchells)
European or North American Champion
GER Johannes Polgar (European Champion in Tornado and in Star)
CRO Ivan Gaspic (European Champion in Finn)
ITA Diego Negri (European Champion in Star)
USA Augie Diaz (North American Champion)
GBR Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini (Laser – Winner of Qingdao World Cup)
SSL has developed a new racing format, in collaboration with some of the most experienced and skilled sailors of the world. The main goal of this format is to build the tension and excitement of the racing fans. The athletes truly believe that the SSL racing format completely fulfills this objective without spoiling the nature of sailing as a sport. The introduction of a knockout system inspired by the “play-offs” helps to increase the pressure and ends in the ultimate climax, a ‘winner-takes-all” Final.
The regatta will start with the Opening Ceremony held at the Nassau Yacht Club on Tuesday December 1st and on Wednesday morning the 20 teams will leave the docks and head to the racecourse.
The top 11 teams qualify for the Final Day on Saturday December 5th, which will be raced in a knock-out format. All the action will be streamed live via the Internet and include TV interviews with competitors.
10 teams contest the quarter-final in a single race between teams ranked from second to 11th in the qualifications rounds (the winner of the qualification rounds receives a bye). The semi-final is another single race between the top six from the quarter-final, plus the winner of the qualification rounds. The final features the top four teams from the semi-final in a single race. The winner will be crowned as winner of the 2015 SSL Finals, together with the biggest share of the prize fund.