Oakcliff Sailing announced the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series, a ground-breaking plan to reward athletes for their hard work and provide significant financial resources to assist them in achieving Olympic glory.
The Triple Crown Series will consist of up to six regattas to be held annually in Oyster Bay, New York, and will offer both international and American athletes in five of the ten Olympic Classes a chance to win prize grants. Sailors in the 49er, 49erFX, Men’s 470, Women’s 470 and Nacra 17s will race for $100,000 in each class for a total of $500,000 annually. There will also be an option to win additional bonuses.
The grants are to be used to fund expenses associated with their Olympic campaigns. The Series represents a groundbreaking effort to relieve some of the fundraising challenges that typically burden U.S. Olympic hopefuls while simultaneously providing new opportunities to hone high-performance racing skills.
The series will consist of three qualifier regattas in the spring which will give each winner an entry into each of the three prize grant regattas. These will be held in late summer and will include qualified and invited teams.
The distribution of prize grants will evolve over the four-year Olympic cycle. Early in the quadrennium, the prize grants will be spread widely across the fleets. Closer to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the top two series finishers will receive the bulk of the prize grant funds.
“My first response is just “Wow!” This Triple Crown Series is just incredibly generous,” said Rio 2016 Olympian and 2009 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) “To help US Olympic sailors with regattas that matter here at home and to bring the best in the world to us is nothing but positive. Having the ability to do well and to be able to win funds to help us continue to race hard is a double bonus. This is just really impressive!”
“The Oakcliff Triple Crown Series will not only provide U.S. athletes with an opportunity to win resources vital to achieving their dreams, but will give young sailors more chances to compete in Olympic classes against top international competition,” said Malcolm Page, Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “Once again, Oakcliff Sailing is demonstrating leadership in fostering high performance sailing in the U.S., and our national team athletes are very excited for this new opportunity.”
After becoming a US Sailing Team National Training Center in 2013, Oakcliff Sailing invested in a substantial number of Olympic-class boats, primarily stored and raced in Oyster Bay. These fleets of dinghies and skiffs will make up the backbone of the Triple Crown Series by offering readily available chartering opportunities to both international sailors and American athletes new to this level of competition.
“Raising the level of competitive excellence in the U.S. is at the core of Oakcliff’s mission,” said Dawn Riley, Executive Director of Oakcliff Sailing. “By creating the Triple Crown Series, we hope to help revitalize high-performance one-design racing here at home, and provide real benefits to Tokyo medal hopefuls and first-time campaigners alike.”
For more information about the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series, please reference the Announcement of Series and Notice of Race available at: https://www.oakcliffsailing.org/programs/racing/notices-of-race