When Sport and Storms Collide
Published on August 8th, 2018
Aarhus, Denmark (August 8, 2018) – The final race of the opening series today at the 2018 Sailing World Championships will go down in Finn Class legend when a squall rolled through their course with winds surpassing 30 knots. While many of the boats used in the Olympic Games would have been decimated, the stout Finn with its sturdy skippers refused to let the storm win. Photos and video by Robert Deaves.
The Sailing World Championships, held once every four years for all ten Olympic classes, has 1,400 sailors from 85 nations in close to 1,000 boats for competition. There are also two kiteboarding events competing, which along with the Olympic classes, have their competition staggered from August 2 to 12.
In addition to World titles, the event is the first and largest country qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with 40% of the places being decided. For information on how nations qualify for the 2020 Olympics, click here.
Source: World Sailing