SCUTTLEBUTT EXTRA – February 9, 2007
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WORLD SAILING LEAGUE ANNOUNCED
Sailing legends Russell Coutts and Paul Cayard have teamed up with
internationally renowned Portuguese sports promoter, João Lagos, to create a
new annual global sports series. The World Sailing League (WSL) will be held
at premier sailing locations around the world with the series winner
receiving a cheque for $2 million. This new global series has been
underwritten, with the first event planned to occur in 2009.
Twelve teams, representing nations, will compete in identical,
state-of-the-art 70ft catamarans. It is anticipated that there will be
venues in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North
America and South America. Cayard and Coutts are both committed to skipper
teams in the league. -- Website: http://www.wsl2009.com
Curmudgeon’s Comment: Additional details in the next issue of Scuttlebutt.