Sailing has its own World Cup, finally! Like football in 1930 and rugby in 1987, the SSL Gold Cup is designed to crown the best sailing nation of all! The World's Top 56 countries, selected on their SSL Nation ranking, will battle their way through to raise the coveted and only Sailing World Cup trophy.
The SSL Gold Cup 2022 will start on May 19th with the Qualifying Series in Grandson, Lake Neuchatel (Switzerland). All teams ranked from the Top 25 to 56 in the January 2022 SSL Nations ranking will meet in 8 groups of 4 teams each. There will be 5 stages of the Qualifying Series running from May 19th to July 17th.
After 3 to 4 days of racing, only the top two teams of each group will go through to the Final Series that will take place from October 28th to November 20th, 2022, to defend their national colors.
The Final Series venue will be officially announced on May 24th.
SSL Gold Cup Concept: Equality, Fairness, and Passion
The SSL Gold Cup is raced on the exact same boat: the SSL47. 11 sailors on each national team, including women and men, will be selected through their national SSL ranking but also their Captain’s choice, with no financial nor technological barriers. All athletes come from Olympic classes, Match-Racing, or the America's Cup. All nations, from Sailing leading countries like Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand or USA will race at the same level as the small ones such as Guatemala, Slovenia, Tahiti or Estonia. Passion for sport and sailing will unite all these teams with their public, who will be able to enjoy Live broadcasting of the races on Youtube and Facebook.
"Finally, we will know which is the best Sailing Nation in the World! And the SSL Gold Cup will answer that question. The Star Sailors League, all sailors and athletes involved in our sport want to promote our sport. We believe the SSL Gold Cup will be one of the best events to achieve that. The SSL Gold Cup will be easy to understand like other popular sports like Football which is our main example to succeed in doing that. We believe the public who will follow the Qualifying Series and all the Final Series rounds, will see the similarities that make the SSL Gold Cup and Sailing as easy as football to understand."
SSL Gold Cup Event Director
"We are humbled and excited in equal measure. It’s been years of planning, countless thousands of man-hours and here we are! We are one week away of bringing alive the extraordinary vision that somebody have work for. We are tremendously excited."
SSL Gold Cup Race Director
Qualifying Series Round 1 is ON!
Two groups of four teams will open the SSL Gold Cup racing in two different fleets.
Racing will start on May 19th until May 22nd, and the first warning signal will be at 11 am every day. The teams will have to be in Grandson a couple of days early to weigh in and register and will be available for media purposes. A press conference will take place during racing on Saturday, May 21st.