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Racing at the fifth edition of the Star Sailors League Finals starts today, December 5th at 1300 local time (GMT -5), just a few miles out from their base at Nassau Yacht Club in Nassau’s Montagu Bay. For the fifth year in a row, some of the world’s best sailors will line up to compete for the 2017 Star Sailors League title, the 4,000 Star Sailors League Ranking points and the biggest share of the US$ 200,000 prize pot, on the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas.
Nassau has become known for its perfect sailing conditions and today will be no different. The forecast for today is sunny with 16-18 knots of breeze from the East. The Race committee has selected the inside course for today which is closer to shore, so we will see a little bit flatter water than the ocean course.
The 2017 Star Sailors League Finals officially started last night with the Opening Ceremony at Government House in Nassau in the presence of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Matilda Pindling, Governor-General of the Bahamas. A delegation of 20 SSL representatives met with Her Excellency at 5.30pm in a Courtesy Call. Afterwords, they joined the 50 Star Sailors League Finalists and all of the other guests on the veranda at Government House, where each of the 25 teams competing in the Star Sailors League Finals were introduced.
The sailors will hit the water today around 12:00 to head to the race course to prepare for the day. Make sure you tune into the live broadcast of the races online at www.starsailors.com beginning at 1:00 PM (GMT -5) or follow along on Facebook!