By Emily Goddard

Qingdao, China has been selected as the Asian venue for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2015 and 2016 ©ISAFChinese city Qingdao has been selected to remain as the Asian venue for the International Sailing Federation World Cup in 2015 and 2016 having already hosted the past two years' events.

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games sailing venue is due to host the competition from September 14 to 20 next year, with the 2016 dates to be confirmed.

"We are pleased that Qingdao is honoured to be the Asian venue for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2015 and 2016," Zhang Xinqi, the Mayor of Qingdao, said.

"We will provide more professional, more considerate and more meticulous service and deliver two events with high standards, making our due contribution to the development of sailing sport in Asia and in the world."

All ten Olympic events will race and there will be up to 40 boats within each fleet at the Qingdao World Cup tournaments, with the 2015 competition offering qualification for next year's Sailing World Cup Final, which is scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates from October 27 to November 1.

"Qingdao delivered two exceptional ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas in 2013 and 2014 and we expect more of the same for the next two years," ISAF Sailing World Cup head John Craig said.

"Qingdao's infrastructure for hosting large scale international regattas makes it the perfect venue for hosting the Asian leg of the 2015 and 2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.

"We look forward to continuing working with the Chinese Yachting Association and the Qingdao Yachting Association over the next two years to deliver memorable events for the sailors, local community and an international audience."

The announcement of Qingdao completes the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series venue line up.

The season is already underway with the Australian city of Melbourne having hosted an event on December 7 until 14.

The World Cup is now due to travel to Miami in the United States on January 25 until 31, before stopping at Hyères in France on April 20 until 26, Weymouth and Portland in Great Britain on June 8 to 14, and then onto Qingdao and Abu Dhabi for the Final.

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