Testing at World Test Event
Published on August 8th, 2017
Aarhus, Denmark (August 8, 2017) – The Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018 Test Event began today in the Bay of Aarhus, commencing a week of preparations for sailors, Race Officials and event organizers, prior to the 2018 Worlds.
Held from August 8-13 at the Egå Marina, over 370 sailors from 54 nations are participating in the Test Event to acclimatize with the local waters, race courses and sailing conditions.
In the top ten from North America after day one are USA sailors Erika Reineke (Laser Radial, 5th), Stu McNay/ Dave Hughes (470 Men, 8th), Lucas Calabrese/ Ian MacDiarmid (470 Men, 9th), Charlie Buckingham (Laser, 9th), Judge Ryan/ Hans Henken (49er, 9th) and Canadian Tom Ramshaw (Finn, 7th).
The test event is being held out of the Egå Marina just outside of the city of Aarhus. However, the Hempel World Championships 2018 will be centred around the brand-new Aarhus International Sailing Centre. This will be a compact competition venue, in walking distance from downtown Aarhus.
Racing for all 10 Olympic Classes extends from Tuesday August 8 and runs through to Sunday August 13 with Medal Races held on the Saturday and Sunday.
About the World Championships
The Sailing World Championships is held every four years and are the largest gathering of Olympic class sailors. The Sailing World Championships are the principal qualification event for the Olympic Games.
Aarhus 2018 is the first and most significant qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with 40% of the nation quotas places available across the ten Olympic events. Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding will also be held across the duration of the 2018 World Championships.
Santander, Spain, hosted the 2014 World Championships in September 2014. The 2014 Worlds served as the first Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition qualifier with 50% of Rio 2016 places awarded.