Nassau – Two months remain until the start of the Star Sailors League Finals 2019, the annual event that determines who is the best among the ‘stars of the sailing world’, and allocation of the US$ 200,000 prize purse. For a seventh year, the Finals will be held in the azure waters of Nassau in the Bahamas, from December 2nd to the 7th.
The plan for the seventh edition of the Star Sailors League’s most important event will be the same as previous SSL Finals, a four day long Qualification Series after which the top 10 teams progress to the final knock-out stage of the competition. The top team from this progresses directly to the Final, while the runner-up goes straight to the Semi-Finals. Teams from 3rd to 10th in the Qualification Series get to fight in yet one more race in the Quarter Finals. These last rounds will all happen on the last day of competition, Saturday December 7th, and in the late afternoon the winners of the SSL Finals 2019 will be crowned directly after racing at Nassau Yacht Club.
Who will be among the 25 participating teams is also firming up. Just like every year, on the second Tuesday of September, the Star Sailors League Global Ranking freezes and the top 10 skippers from this are automatically invited to attend the SSL Finals – along with the first SSL Crew, the reigning Star World Champion, and about ten VIPs. However there is a different scenario this year in the SSL Ranking, as it now not only considers Star sailors, but 21 international World Sailing classes comprising some 35,000 sailors, skippers and crews.
Six skippers among the top 10 on the September 10th SSL ranking have confirmed they will attend the SSL Finals 2019.
1. Eivind Melleby (NOR)
2. Diego Negri (ITA)
3. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL)
4. Freddy Loof (SWE)
5. Paul Cayard (USA)
6. Xavier Rohart (FRA)
They all are super talented sailors, among them the reigning Star World Champion, Mateusz Kusznierewicz who will sail at the SSL Finals 2019 with his winning crew Bruno Prada (BRA), who himself has won the World title for five times. Among these six, there are six Olympic medals, five Star World Championship title, and all have won at least one ISCYRA Silver event. But none of them have yet won the SSL Finals.