Star Sailors League (SSL) is very proud to announce that International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has recognized the SSL as a Special Event along with the Americaâ€™s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, World Match Racing Tour and Extreme Sailing Series.
Double Olympic medalist, Malcolm Page, ISAF Chief Marketing Officer commented: â€œThe Star Sailors League has become a competition that attracts the best sailors from around the globe. It is an exciting format, that sailors aspire to be part of and will showcase the heroes of our sport. This is a competition where you can see the greats from one country, like Torben Grael and Robert Scheidt, and Olympic Class rivalries like Finn sailors Giles Scott and Pieter-Jan Postma, all battling for the title and honour.â€
SSL President, Olympic Bronze medalist and twice Star Class World Champion, Xavier Rohart commented: “ISAF noticed what we are doing and how we are running it. SSL regattas, the Final and all of the Grand Slams that we manage, are good for the sailors and sailing. The elimination format is very exciting and puts a lot of pressure and adrenalin on competitors. It’s what we like, it’s what we are looking for â€“ to promote the winner in real time! The prize money gives us the chance to sustain our sailing and the fact that the events are on Star boats is fantastic, so that we can go on competing at an high level in our favorite keel boat.”
The ISAF recognition of the SSL comes just before the start of the first SSL Lake Grand Slam in Grandson, on Neuchatel lake in Switzerland. A prestigious Opening Ceremony will be held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne on September 8th.