Why all sailing fans should be in Abu Dhabi this weekend

A World Cup final is happening in the UAE right now.

EDGAR staff November 26, 2014

No sooner has the Formula 1 rolled out of Abu Dhabi then another world sporting event sails into town. Yes right now and this weekend, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final takes places in the UAE.

For those of you not familiar with the high seas , this is the equivalent to the FIFA World Cup Final. In other words, it's a massive event. Only the Olympics can really compare, and this weekend's competition, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club, should in fact prove an interesting measuring tool before Rio 2016.

If you're something of a newbie to the world of sailing then here's what to know about the World Cup Final, and why you should head down to Abu Dhabi's corniche this weekend:

• All ten Olympic events will be contested in Abu Dhabi from 26-30 November, with an open kiteboarding event joining the fray around Lulu Island.

• With 20 boats in each event, over 270 competitors from 38 nations will be fighting it out for a share of the $200,000 prize purse.

• Some of the sport’s best and most famous sailors are taking part, including 2014 World and European Champion Lara Vadlau, London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Evi Van Acker, Beijing Olympic gold medallist Anton Paz and Athens Olympic gold medallist Sofia Bekatorou.

• The ten Olympic events will contest an opening series and a Medal Race with the kiteboard fleet using a short track format.

• Racing commences at 12:00 local time on 27 November and concludes on 30 November.

Details: visit sailing.org/home