Rolex Miami OCR

The 2nd event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup is gearing up in Miami. The Rolex Miami OCR will have an influx of European RS:X racers shaking off the winter rust and getting some races under their belts in time for the regattta season to kick off in Europe.

Almost 550 sailors from 45 countries have registered. The must-sail event for Olympic and Paralympic class sailors is based in Coconut Grove at the US Sailing Center.

The event promises elite, international competition on the waters right off Coconut Grove from January 24 to 30.

Our image Rolex/Dan Nerney was shot during last year's medal race and shows Andreas Cariolou, Fabian Heidegger and Nimrod Mashiah powered up and going for gold.

"In Miami, you get a good mix of racing conditions; it can throw anything at you, like we saw last year," said, Great Britain's Nick Thompson, who won last year's standing in the Laser class. "It's a really tough event, which makes it stand out from some of the others."

US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR is crucial for American sailors in that it's the last qualifying event for the 2010 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, which will select the top sailors in each Olympic and Paralympic class.

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