US Sailing’s premier event – the 27th running of Sailing World Cup Miami – is set to return to Miami, Fla. for top-level Olympic and Paralympic class racing. The event is the only North American regatta to be included in World Sailing’s 2015-16 Sailing World Cup series. The regatta is a mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors campaigning for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sailors from 64 nations are gearing up for the first big showdown of Olympic and Paralympic sailing in 2016, Sailing World Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella.

More than 780 athletes will feature across the ten Olympic and two Paralympic events from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 January. Whilst the Paralympic racing wraps up on 29 January, the Olympic competitors will be fighting it out to appear in Saturday’s live television broadcast of the Medal Races.

Set to be shown in front of a live audience on the World Sailing TV YouTube channel and on more than ten global broadcasters, Sailing World Cup Miami will provide sailing fans with a window of opportunity to see who is looking strong on the Road to Rio.

Event winners in each Olympic event from Sailing World Cup Miami will qualify for the 2016 Grand Final, while the best placed ‘home continent’ sailor will also qualify. The regatta is especially important as a ranking regatta for sailors hoping to qualify for the US Sailing Team Sperry, which annually distinguishes the top U.S. sailors in each Olympic and Paralympic class.

Live Medal Races will be available from 11:00 EST on Saturday here: https://youtu.be/_V2YQYar0IU