Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, has been awarded hosting rights to the first four editions of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, the season-ending event in the annual series of regattas for the Olympic and Paralympic classes that has recently undergone a makeover.
The first ISAF Sailing World Cup Final will take place in the final week of November, and Abu Dhabi will also stage the finale in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
ISAF, the international sailing federation, announced in February that the World Cup will be revamped, with the series having diminished in profile in recent years. In 2012-13, the series was reduced from seven to four events.
The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event providing them with an annual challenge to compete for the crown of ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion and the ISAF Sailing World Cup prize purse.
Carlo Croce, ISAF president, said: "The United Arab Emirates is rich in maritime history and we are delighted that Abu Dhabi will be hosting the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final from 2014 to 2017.
"Over recent years Abu Dhabi has established itself a major hub for hosting international sporting and cultural events. We look forward to working closely with the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, the organising committee for Abu Dhabi Sailing Events, over the next few months and years."
In April, ISAF appointed John Craig, the renowned international race officer, to head up the Sailing World Cup. Craig was previously responsible for conducting the races of the blue-riband America's Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup, the challenger series, and the 34th America's Cup Finals.
Qualification for the 2014 World Cup Final will be based on results at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain, the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao leg and the ISAF World Sailing rankings released on 22 September.
The full World Cup and Grand Final series will begin on 6 December with a regatta in Melbourne, Australia.
There will be an additional four regattas staged throughout 2015, in Miami, USA, and at unknown locations in Europe (two regattas) and Asia, followed by the Grand Final in October.
Qualification for the Grand Final from 2015 onwards will be through: winning at each ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta; being the top continental crew (based on performance at a 'home' regatta); being in the top three crews at the Class World Championships; being in the top six in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings; and invitation wild cards.
Where this results in a fleet of fewer than 20 boats, ISAF said additional sailors will be taken from the world rankings.