The SSL GOLD CUP is a thrilling elimination series that leads to the supreme title. This innovative format enhances the tradition of sailing competitions and aims to crown the Top Sailing. Nation at the end of breath-taking and easy-to-understand single race Grand Final. The format was designed by the athletes in 2012 and subsequently tested at the inaugural SSL Finals in Nassau in 2013. Since then, it has been used every year at major SSL events and has found its definitive format thanks to improvements suggested by top athletes including Ian Williams,Torben Grael and Robert Scheidt.
As in tennis tournaments and the football Champions League, the lowest ranked participants in the SSL Nations Ranking will start the competition first.
QUALIFYING SERIES / NATIONS RANKED 25-56 IN SSL RANKING HAS TO PARTICIPATE
5 ROUNDS 4 nations in each of the 8 groups. Top two teams from each group are qualified.
FINAL SERIES / TOP 24 NATIONS IN SSL RANKING + 16 FROM QUALIFYING SERIES
1/32 FINALS Top 16 nations from Qualifying Series
1/16 FINALS 8 nations from 17-24 positions in SSL Ranking + 8 teams from 1/32 Finals
1/8 FINALS 8 nations from 9-16 positions in SSL Ranking + 8 teams from 1/16 Finals
1/4 FINALS 8 nations from 1-8 positions in SSL Ranking + 8 teams from 1/8 Finals
1/2 FINALS Top 8 nations from 1/4 Finals
FINAL Top 4 nations from 1⁄2 Finals