• More than 300 sailors from 35 countries — many of them launching campaigns for the 2016 Olympic Games — are in Miami for Monday’s opening of the ISAF Sailing World Cup on Biscayne Bay. The World Cup, formerly known as the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, is for sailboats chosen for Olympic and Paralympic competition in Rio de Janeiro. The 10 Olympic classes for 2016 are: Laser (men); Laser Radial (women); Finn (men); Men’s RS:X; Women’s RS:X; 49er (men); Men’s 470; Women’s 470; and two new classes, Nacra 17 — a mixed catamaran class; and 49er FX, a women’s double-handed skiff. The Paralympic classes for disabled sailors are: 2.4mR (open); SKUD (mixed); and Sonar (mixed). The regatta, which runs through Saturday, is the second of four stops on the ISAF World Cup circuit.
Among the South Florida competitors: 2008 Olympic gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe, Miami, 49er FX; Sarah Lihan, Fort Lauderdale, Nacra 17; Sarah Newberry, Miami, Nacra 17; Elizabeth Kratzig, Miami Beach, Nacra 17; Kathleen Tocke, Miami, RS:X (women); Nikki Medley, Fort Lauderdale, 470 women; Brad Funk, Plantation, 49er; David Brockbank, Key West, Finn; Craig Johnson, Fort Lauderdale, Finn; Eric Ferrier, Fort Lauderdale, Laser; Christina Persson, Weston, Laser Radial; Erika Reineke, Fort Lauderdale, Laser Radial; Daniel Evans, Miami, 2.4mR; and Dave Humble, Fort Lauderdale, 2.4mR.
Regatta headquarters is the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove, with help from Coral Reef Yacht Club; Coconut Grove Sailing Club; Miami Rowing Club; and Shake-A-Leg Miami.
Miami’s Maximo Nores is one of 12 young sailors who have qualified for US Sailing’s 2013 Youth World Team, based on top finishes in last week’s 2013 ISAF Youth World qualifier regatta held in Clearwater. Maximo, who sails the RS:X boys’ class, has received an invitation to compete July 11-20 in the ISAF Youth World Championship in Limassol, Cypress. He also has received membership to the 2013 US Sailing Development Team for top youth sailors with potential to represent the United States in the Olympics. Maximo trains at Miami Yacht Club.
• Jupiter commercial fisherman Jason Cardinale, 41, has pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center on Virginia Key, according to a news release from the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office.
Cardinale was indicted for submitting false “no fishing activity” reports to the science center from January 2010 through February 2012, according to the release.
“Falsely reporting data leaves fishery scientists with an incomplete picture of what is truly happening on the water, which can ultimately lead the entire industry to shorter seasons and weaker fish populations,” fisheries center director Bonnie Ponwith said in a statement.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 4 before U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks.
• The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public workshop Wednesday 30 in Key Largo on two fishery rule amendments: amendment five to the dolphin/wahoo fishery management plan and amendment 27 to the snapper/grouper plan. The dolphin/wahoo measure would affect annual catch limits and sector allocation between commercial and recreational anglers. The snapper/grouper amendment takes up a bag retention limit for captains and crews on charterboats and includes alternatives for harvesting blue runners. The meeting is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 99701 Overseas Highway, Key Largo. For more information, visit safmc.net.