Hempel World Cup Series

Hempel World Cup Series

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By Harvey Fialkov | Dec. 23, 2019

Everything Miami’s sailing fans need to know about the Hempel World Cup Series

Miami sailing enthusiasts who might not be able to make it to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics can get a more affordable look at past and possible future gold-medal champions at the running of the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series from January 20, 2020 through January 25, 2020. This is the 31st year of Olympic-class racing off the shores of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove.

For an even further glimpse into the future, the Hempel World Cup event is partnering with the annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race to host a doublehanded, mixed two-person offshore Keelboat event on January 23, 2020. This event will be added to the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition for the first time. The boats will race from Port Everglades to Key West covering approximately 160 miles.

“As we look towards the 2024 Games and learn more about the new discipline, we’re looking forward to welcoming offshore athletes into the U.S. Olympic program,’’ Meredith Brody, US Sailing Olympic Director and Chair of Hempel World Cup Series Miami, said recently.

More than 1,500 sailors from approximately 70 countries will be racing for medals in eight divisions, including the men and women’s 470; men and women’s RS:X, men’s Finn, men’s Laser, women’s Laser Radial and the mixed 470.

This is the only international regatta in North America and a wonderful opportunity to showcase America’s elite sailors.

“Having a top-level international event in the U.S. is a huge boost to our program,’’ US Sailing’s Olympic head coach Luthor Carpenter said recently. “It brings the best of the international field over and allows us to be great hosts to a cooperative training playground.”

“Most of the world comes to enjoy the warm Miami conditions in the dead of winter, so it’s isn’t a hard sell,’’ he added.

Registration and Measurement for the Hempel World Cup will be taking place on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the host site, the US Sailing Center in Miami. The Opening Ceremony kicks off the event that same evening at 6 p.m. at Coral Reef Yacht Club.

The finals will take place on January 25, 2020 and will be televised on World Sailing’s YouTube channel.

Caleb Paine, 29, who captured a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in the heavyweight Finn division, will lead a large contingent of U.S. men and women sailors of all ages to Miami where they will compete in eight Olympic-style events against world-class sailors from around the world.

Paine’s teammate, Luke Muller, 23, will also be vying for an Olympic berth in the Finn race, and he certainly has a hometown edge growing up in nearby Fort Pierce. His sister is the aforementioned Meredith Brody, and after Muller medaled for the first time in a World Cup series with the bronze in Miami last year, Brody placed the medal around her brother’s neck with their family looking on.

“I’m so incredibly ecstatic and proud of Luke getting the bronze,’’ Brody said. “I’ve watched him as an Opti sailor to a Laser sailor and a Finn sailor, who’s now a World Cup podium athlete.’’

Muller edged Paine in Enoshima, Japan last September in the first of the Hempel World Cup four-regatta series, placing tenth to Paine’s 11th. The final Finn leg was cancelled due to light winds, so the friendly competitors are motivated to finish what they started in Miami.

Enoshima was the first event of the Hempel four series and it will also be the site of the third stage as well as the site of the 2020 Olympic Games beginning with the opening ceremony on July 24. The sailing events run from July 26, 2020 - August 5, 2020.

If Miami racing fans need another local favorite to cheer for, then keep an eye on Fort Lauderdale’s Erika Reineke, 26, a blossoming Laser Radial helmsman, who has her sights set on winning gold in Tokyo. “The Miami event not only gives us an opportunity to compete on home waters, but it also gives fans the chance to cheer us on live from the sidelines,’’ said Reineke, the US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year in 2017.

“We want our competitors to enjoy sailing in Miami with the hope they will come back to the States to train with us throughout the season. I used to compete in the Orange Bowl Regatta [also on Biscayne Bay] with the dream of winning the event. Now as a 2020 Olympic hopeful, I’m competing in the World Cup Series Miami with the same goal in mind.’’

US sailing sisters Atlantic and Nora Brugman, native of Spain living in Winthrop, Mass., finished fifth in the Women’s 470 Medal Race in Japan.

“The excitement of the Medal Race is always super motivating,’’ Atlantic Brugman said recently. “Our next major regatta will be Miami, so we’re excited to go work really hard … to keep improving as much as possible.’’

While there will be no organized activities scheduled for the public this year at Regatta Park, sailing enthusiasts are welcome to watch the races from various vantage points off the shores of Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove and especially by the Crandon Park beaches as well atop the Rickenbacker Causeway.

The event’s organizers suggest using public transportation such as Citi Bikes, electric scooters, Lyft and other convenient means for spectators to attend the races.

“Hosting Miami also gives our pipeline sailors an affordable way to experience sailing against the world’s bests in a comfortable surrounding that most have enjoyed for years,’’ Carpenter said recently. “Many of the Olympic classes [are in] Australia preparing for the February Worlds so the 470s, Finns and RS:X scores will count toward the U.S. Olympic Trials. … Because of the anticipated smaller fleets, the finish positions will have less performance impact than the 2019 and 2020 Worlds.”

He adds, “For our athletes, January in Miami is an important phase of the schedule leading up to the Games.’’

If Miami sailing fans have a yen for watching the world’s best sailors as they navigate the rough waters to Tokyo, then this action-packed regatta is for them.

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