Focus on Netherlands for Paris 2024
Published on August 10th, 2022
It is a unique regatta when all the boats used in the Olympic Games hold their World Championships together every four years, and in 2023 that will occur when 1,400 of the world’s best sailors take to the waters of the port of Scheveningen in The Hague, The Netherlands, for two life-changing prizes.
Called the Sailing World Championships, there will be two prizes to pursue. First, the World Championship title, which has been held by many of the most famous names the sport has ever seen, and secondly qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The 2023 edition will also make history by being the first to include Para World Sailing events. As World Sailing continues to campaign for sailing’s reinstatement at the Paralympic Games for LA28, the world’s best Para Sailors have the opportunity to compete to become world champion in Hansa 303, 2.4mR and RS Venture classes.
“This is an important step on the road to Paris 2024 for many,” noted David Graham, World Sailing CEO. “We are happy to be returning to The Hague once again, following the success of the Youth Sailing World Championships earlier this year, and can’t wait to see future Olympians test themselves in the tough North Sea course off the beaches of Scheveningen.”
The 2023 championships are the primary event in the Olympic qualification campaign and mirrors the Olympic sailing event format. All 10 Olympic Events will be contested just one year out from Paris 2024, and while the top finishers don’t earn entry to the Olympic Games, their nation does.
The first Sailing World Championships was 2003 in Cádiz, Spain, and the four year cycle would hold it on the year prior to the Olympics. That shifted in 2014 to two years prior, but the pandemic and the one year postponement of Tokyo 2020 moved the 2022 edition to August 10-20, 2023.
With a quota on participation for each of the ten Events at Paris 2024, The Hague hosts the first stage in the qualification system, with the final opportunity to be held in 2024, just a few months before the Games begin. Once qualified, each nation determines its own system for selecting their representative.
Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Program:
Men’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 7
Women’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 6
Mixed Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFx
Men’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class
Women’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class
Men’s Windsurfing – iQFoil
Women’s Windsurfing – iQFoil
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
Venue: Marseille, France
Dates: July 26-August 11