Jan. 19 marks the beginning of an annual regatta off the coast of Coconut Grove, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Over 200 sailors from 50 different nations will be racing in the Hempel World Cup Series Miami, the only such race in North America.
The opening races will take place between Monday and Thursday, leading to the medal races for the top three boats in each class on Saturday. U.S. athletes will be competing in all races except the Laser.
In addition, the event includes a mixed, two-person offshore keelboat competition, similar to the one that will debut at the 2024 Paris Olympics. The cup has partnered with the Southern Ocean Racing Conference, a Florida non-profit that manages the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, for that race. It will begin on Thursday south of Port Everglades, ending 160 miles later in Key West.
Although most of the races will be too far offshore to see, fans will be able to watch a livestream as well as highlights for the medal races through the World Sailing YouTube Channel. They also have the option of watching the races on a Jumbotron in Regatta Park, where there will be food and other activities.
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