USA qualifier for Offshore World Champs

Published on January 9th, 2020

US Sailing has published the Selection Procedures detailing U.S. athlete selection for World Sailing’s inaugural Offshore World Championships in Valletta, Malta. The 2020 Offshore World Championships in October will be raced in parallel with the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the L30 class sailboat.

World Sailing has announced plans to award quota places to individual countries and will be posting the Notice of Race in the near future. The Selection Procedures will be applied granted the U.S. qualifies for, or is awarded, one or more quota places by World Sailing.

To be eligible for consideration as the U.S. entry, teams must fulfill all the eligibility requirements, including the submission of an application, which opens on March 1, 2020. Eligible teams must also compete in the Mixed Two Person Event at the 2020 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, starting on July 17 and hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club in the J88.

The process to select the U.S. entry will be a discretionary process detailed in the Selection Procedures.

The format of the World Championships will be one offshore race of approximately four days and three nights. This format matches the format proposed for the Mixed Offshore Keelboat event at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

At the 2020 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, non-mixed teams will also be able to participate but will not be eligible for the qualifier.

There will be six (6) boats available for charter but teams can also bring their own boats. Restricted sail choices and specialized safety equipment will apply to all competitors in the class.

The inspection, measurement and equalization process for all boats, sails, and the complete list of required safety equipment will be specified in the Notice of Race of the Chicago-Mackinac Mixed Two Person division, which will be issued later this month.

Send an email to if you are interested in applying for a charter boat, or if you have any other questions on this process.

To learn more about the Mixed Offshore, click here.

Additional Information:
· Submit an Application for consideration as U.S. entry: Opens March 1, 2020
· 2020 Mixed Offshore World Championships Selection Procedures
· Mixed Offshore Doublehanded racing

NOTE: This page was updated January 17, 2020 to reflect information from both US Sailing and Chicago Yacht Club.

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