Live Coverage: Star Sailors League Final
Published on December 5th, 2017
The fifth edition of the Star Sailors League Finals will see 25 teams compete in the Bahamas on December 5 to 9. Nine among the top 10 Star sailors of 2017 have earned their way into the field while 16 wild cards have been drawn from every aspect of the sport.
The field has 25 Olympic medals hanging on their necks, of which 7 are gold medals. A huge number of World Champions in both Olympic and big boat classes, Volvo Ocean Race, Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup winners, and for the first time some solo around-the-world-navigator.
Hosted by Nassau Yacht Club, the waters of Montagu Bay offer one of the best racing courses in the world. The week starts with four days of qualification races that advance the top ten teams to the final day of knockout races.
From the qualifiers, the top team gets a bye to the Final, the runner-up goes to the Semi-Finals and teams from 3rd to 10th have to fight on yet one more race in the Quarter-Finals.
The knockout rounds feature just one race, and from the eight teams in the Quarters, five advance to join the pre-qualified team, and from that group of six teams in the Semi-Finals, three advance to meet top team in the qualifying round for the four boat shootout in the Final where the winning team takes home the lion’s share of the $200,000 Prize Purse.
The action will be streamed live on Internet with expert commentary from special studio guests (details). On the water, the latest in hi-tech camera technology, as well as Virtual Eye 3D Graphics, will provide thrilling viewing. Armchair sailors can also join the race with Virtual Regatta.
Schedule or races:
Tuesday Dec 5th at 13.00 (GMT-5) max 2 races
Wednesday Dec 6th at 11.00 (GMT-5) max 4 races
Thursday Dec 7th at 11.00 (GMT—5) max 4 races
Friday Dec 8th at 11.00 (GMT-5) max 4 races
Saturday Dec 9th at 11.00 (GMT-5) QF, SF and Final
Approximate time of the start of transmission is about 30 minutes before the first warning signals and it will end around 16.00 (GMT-5).
TUESDAY DEC 5 12:30 (EST) – QUALIFICATION DAY 1
WEDNESDAY DEC 6 10:30 (EST) – QUALIFICATION DAY 2
THURSDAY DEC 7 10:30 (EST) – QUALIFICATION DAY 3
FRIDAY DEC 8 10:30 – QUALIFICATION DAY 4
SATURDAY – DEC 9 10:30 (EST) – FINALS DAY 5
Source: Rachele Vitello, SSL Media and Communication