Only a short rest after the emotions experienced in the Guanabara Bay and Olympic sailing already resumes this week with the Sailing World Cup Qingdao. The event kicks off this week and is the first international Olympic class event since Rio 2016, marking the start of the road to Tokyo 2020. Sailing World Cup Qingdao is the fifth regatta of the 2016 series and welcomes 142 sailors from 21 nations competing across seven Olympic classes to the home of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Tonci Stpanovic. Photo Sailing Energy

Tonci Stpanovic. Photo Sailing Energy

Note that this will be the last edition held in China, as World Sailing announced that Japan will be the home of the asian event for the next cycle heading to Tokyo 2020. Seven classes will race in Qingdao, with a strong international fleet noted only in male Laser Standard, 33 boats with croatian silver medallist in Rio Tonci Stipanovic as the star of the week. Also female Laser Radial (24 entries) and 470 men (16 entries) have some international entry while all-chinese fleet will be shown in RS:X men and women, 470 women and Finn.

Qingdao welcomes Rio 2016 Laser silver medallist, Tonci Stipanovic, back to the Olympic scene in his first competitive outing since becoming the first Croatian to win an Olympic sailing medal, soon followed by 470 gold medal winners Fantela-Marenic. Another Olympic medallist in the Laser fleet is Cyprus’ Pavlos Kontides. The Cypriot returned home from London 2012 with a silver medal, his country’s first ever Olympic, to national fame and has won the Cypriot Sportperson of the Year award on more than one occasion. At Rio 2016 Kontides carried his nations flag at the Opening Ceremony before finishing seventh and he will be stiff competition for his training partner, Stipanovic in Qingdao.

Racing commences on Wednesday 21 September and finishes Sunday 25 September when Sailing World Cup Qingdao champions will be crowned.