New collegiate dinghy event for national teams

Published on August 11th, 2014

The inaugural LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup (LPCC) will be held in August of 2015, seeking to attract the best university sailors, and the best teams, from around the world to represent their countries in head to head competition.

Hosted by Yale University in Branford, CT, under the auspices of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), the inaugural LPCC will be governed by ICSA rules.

With the assistance of ISAF’s “Connect to Sail” program, the LPCC will endeavor to reach out and invite college and university sailors from as many countries as is possible.

“We are thrilled to offer college-age sailors the chance to compete as a team for their country against the best collegiate sailors in the world,” explains Bill Crane from LaserPerformance. “Our intent is to have this annual event continue for years to come, both spreading the benefits of college sailing and to provide access to the sport of sailing itself.”

Up to 12 teams, each with 6 or more sailors ages 18-25, will compete for their countries in LaserPerformance’s double handed Z420s. The event will include a practice day, a team race clinic and 3 days of competition in which teams are challenged with a mix of team racing and fleet racing. The winning team will receive a brand new LaserPerformance Z420 in addition to the Collegiate Cup.

Countries with existing collegiate sailing associations will be offered invitations for their best performing team. Invitations will also be extended to other countries without organized collegiate dinghy racing.

For more information, contact Rebecca Dellenbaugh

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