The Star Sailors League Finals 2016 will take place in Nassau, Bahamas from November 28th to December 4th.
For the fourth edition of the event, the top 12 Star teams of the SSL Ranking 2016, and 13 VIPs from the world of sailing, will race in the clear blue water in front of Nassau Yacht Club. 50 of the world’s best will be battling to win the SSL Trophy and the biggest share of the $200,000 prize pot.
The list of competitors is astounding and SSL is proud to finally announce it. Among them are three of the six most medalled sailors of all time; a total of 16 Olympic medallists with six Olympic champions, two America’s Cup winners, two Volvo Ocean Race Winners, two Louis Vuitton Cup winners and one match race world champion.
The complete Rio 2016 Laser Men podium will race together along with four other medallists from Rio.
25 teams representing 17 countries will battle it out for five days in the stunning location of Nassau, Bahamas. Star Sailors League developed in cooperation with some of the most experienced sailors of the world a new racing format; the main goal of the format is to build the tension and excitement of the racing fans. The athletes truly believe that the SSL racing format completely fulfils 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 day.
The regatta will start with the Opening Ceremony held at the Government House of Bahamas on Monday November 28th and on Tuesday morning the 25 teams will leave the docks of Nassau Yacht Club and head out to the racecourse for the Qualifying Series.
SSL Qualifying Series
25 teams will take part in multiple races over four days with only the Top 10 will make the SSL Final Day and no points are carried through but the winner and runner up get a just reward. For the SSL Final Day, the winner of the Qualifying Series gets a double bye, the runner-up in the Qualifying Series gets a single bye.
SSL Final Day
SSL Quarter Final – Teams ranked third -10th from the Qualifying Series contest a single race. Only the top five survive.
SSL Semi Final – The remaining five survivors are joined by the runner up from the Qualifying Series to contest a single race. Only the top three survive.
The SSL Final – The remaining three survivors are joined by the winner from the Qualifying Series to contest a single race. The first to correctly cross the line is the winner.
by Star Sailors League