Published: Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Qingdao, China has been selected as the Asian venue for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2015 and 2016.

Qingdao, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host some of the world’s finest sailors for the third consecutive year from Sept 14-20, 2015 with the 2016 dates to be confirmed.

Qingdao To Continue As Asian Isaf Sailing World Cup Venue

Spots for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from Oct 27-Nov 1, 2015 will be at stake as well as World Cup bragging rights.

All 10 Olympic events will take place in China’s sailing capital with up to 40 boats within each fleet, ensuring the crème de la crème of the Olympic sailing world will be there.

“Qingdao delivered two exceptional ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas in 2013 and 2014 and we expect more of the same for the next two years,” says John Craig, head of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. “Qingdao’s infrastructure for hosting large-scale international regattas makes it the perfect venue for hosting the Asian leg of the 2015 and 2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup series."

“We look forward to continuing working with the Chinese Yachting Association and the Qingdao Yachting Association over the next two years to deliver memorable events for the sailors, local community and an international audience,” says Craig.

“We are pleased that Qingdao is honoured to be the Asian venue for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2015 and 2016,” says Zhang Xinqi, the Mayor of Qingdao. “We will provide more professional, more considerate and more meticulous service and deliver two events with high standards, making our due contribution to the development of sailing sport in Asia and in the world.”