Changes for World Sailing marque events
Published on September 30th, 2020
The Hague, The Netherlands will become the international sailing capital in 2023 following a joint decision by World Sailing, the Royal Netherlands Watersport Association, the municipality of The Hague, and TIG Sports to move the 2022 Sailing World Championships to the summer of 2023.
The next edition of the Sailing World Championships will be held in 2023 from August 10 to 20 and will turn Scheveningen into the capital of competitive sailing with The Ocean Race also set to take over the Dutch shores.
In addition to the new dates for the Sailing World Championships, the Youth Sailing World Championships, due to be held at The Hague in July 2021, has also been rescheduled for 2022.
The move to rearrange the Sailing World Championships and Youth Sailing World Championships comes following the global challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the rearrangement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to 2021.
“The Youth Sailing World Championships and the Sailing World Championships are two of the most important sailing events an athlete can aspire to participate in,” explained Kim Andersen, World Sailing President.
“The postponement of Tokyo 2020 has meant sailors and our MNAs have had to reorganize their priorities for 2021. Moving the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships to a new venue towards the end of the year will ensure maximum effort is put in to delivering a successful event.
“The 2022 Youth Worlds will be the first touch point for the Dutch population and will provide the organizers with key opportunities to test operations ahead of the 2023 World Championships.
“The 2023 Sailing World Championships is the primary qualification event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Allowing our teams and sailors more time to prepare following Tokyo 2020 in 2021, will ensure the best sailing talent is displaying to a global audience.
“We look forward to continuing the strong relationship with The Hague and their established partners in delivering two Championships that raise the bar even higher.”
Yann Rocherieux, Chair of World Sailing’s Athletes’ Commission and World Sailing Board Member, noted how the Sailing World Championships is an Olympic class sailor’s key performance indicator on the road to the Olympic Games. “It is a spectacle where the best sailors target World Championship glory and an Olympic qualification place,” said Rocherieux.
“Tokyo 2020’s postponement has meant sailors have had to reset and adjust their campaigns. By hosting the Sailing World Championships in 2023, the sailors will have a longer period to focus on the event when Tokyo 2020 concludes next summer.
“The Hague is a fantastic sailing venue that test the all-round abilities of every sailor. The competition will be wide open at the Youth Sailing World Championships and the Sailing World Championships and I’m excited to see it unfold in 2022 and 2023.”
Alastair Fox, Director of Events at World Sailing, added how up to 100 nations are expected to participate in the Championships’ and the move to postpone both events by one year will allow sailors, coaches, officials and organizers to prepare properly and deliver an outstanding competition.
The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with a population of 525,000. Competition will be held on the North Sea in which conditions can vary within a short period of time, ensuring competitors will encounter a true test on the water with varied wind conditions and challenging tidal patterns.
World Sailing is now seeking a venue to host the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships in December 2021. MNAs and Host Cities interested in hosting the event should contact the World Sailing Events team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Daniel Smith, World Sailing
About the Sailing World Championships
The Sailing World Championships is the principal qualification event for the Olympic Sailing Competition. Only the events and equipment included in the next Olympic Sailing Competition are included in the programme of the Championships.
Cadiz, Spain hosted the inaugural World Championships in 2003 before Cascais, Portugal built on its success to welcome 1,350 sailors and 900 boats from 76 nations in 2007.
Perth, Australia hosted the third Worlds in December 2011. 1,200 sailors from 79 nations took part, racing for world championship glory and Olympic qualification.
The event moved back to Spain in 2014 and to the city of Santander where more than 1,100 sailors in 700 boats raced over a two-week period. The event saw 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic Games places snapped up.
The Hempel Sailing World Championships, held at the Aarhus International Sailing Centre at the edge of the Bay of Aarhus from 31 July to 12 August 2018, was the most recent event and saw 40% of Tokyo 2020 Olympic places awarded.
The 2023 edition will include the Olympic Events and Para World Sailing Classes.
About the Youth Sailing World Championships
The Youth Sailing World Championships was first held in Angelholm, Sweden in 1971 where 16 nations competed for the inaugural titles in the two-person dinghies, 420 and Flipper.
As the regatta evolved further classes were added to bring the best young sailing talent across the world together in one place and in 1984 the Mistral windsurfer was added to the list of events with Knut Budig (GER) taking the first gold medal in San Diego, California.
Open to sailors aged 19 and under the 49th version of the Youth Worlds heads to the Gdynia, Poland from 13-20 July 2019 as the stars of the future are born once again.
Past notable winners include American’s Cup skippers, Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medallists, Ben Ainslie (GBR), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Iain Percy (GBR) and Elise Rechichi (AUS); Volvo Ocean Race sailors like Stuart Bannatyne (NZL) and Richard Clarke (CAN).
USA is the current holder of the Nations Trophy, awarded annually to the top performing nation at the Youth Worlds. The Nations Trophy was first introduced in 1991 and in 1999 became the Volvo Trophy until 2010.