LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup moves to Italy
Published on November 3rd, 2015
The 2016 LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup (LPCC) will be held in Torbole, Italy on Lake Garda hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole on August 23-27, 2016.
The inaugural LPCC took place in August 2015 at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Branford, CT, and was hosted by Yale University under the auspices of the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) and governed by ICSA rules.
With the support of ISAF’s “Connect to Sail” program, LPCC will reach out and work with as many countries as is possible to encourage participation of as many young sailors as possible.
“We are excited to build upon the success of LPCC and offer university-age sailors the opportunity to travel to top venues like Lake Garda and to sharpen their racing skills from the best,” says Bill Crane from LaserPerformance. “Our goal 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.”
In its first year, LPCC welcomed 8 teams from 7 countries. University-age sailors and their coaches attended from Oman, Japan, Ireland, Italy, Canada, France, and the USA. Teams competed for their countries in Yale’s fleet of double-handed Z420s. The 5-day experience included a practice session, a team race clinic led by the LPCC Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe with support from team race gurus Karl Ziegler and Scott Macleod, followed by 3 days of team and fleet racing.
The USA Women’s All Star team from the ICSA won and earned an all-expense paid trip to compete in Torbole in 2016.
Looking to 2016, up to 12 teams, each with 6 or more sailors ages 18-25, will compete for their countries in Z420s.
Details at www.laserperformancecollegiatecup.com