The World Sailing Show
Published on August 29th, 2023
The World Sailing Show delivers 30-minute episodes which feature news, profiles, and racing highlights from across the world of sailing.
The August episode of the World Sailing Show is dedicated to the 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships, The Hague, where athletes in all 10 of the Olympic sailing events competed for gold, Para Sailors made their debut at the event, and over 100 places at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games were on the line.
• Coverage of all 10 Olympic Classes
• Four Para Sailing events make impressive Sailing World Championship debut
• The 37th America’s Cup gets ready for its first event
• Fastnet Race conjures up a storm in the Irish Sea
• Round up of all the sailing action from around the world
Competitors from 81 countries descended on The Hague to crown new world champions. Boosted by the Emerging Nations Program and Para Sailing events, taking place in tandem with the 10 Olympic Classes at the Sailing World Championships for the first time. The World Sailing Show has all the action from The Hague and Braassemermeer and catches up with the winners as 1200 sailors battled it out over 10 days.
Four Para Sailing categories were featured at the Allianz Sailing World Championships for the first time, showing that sailing is a sport for all. Elite racing was held on Lake Braassemermeer, and the World Sailing Show has reactions from the sailors and a round up of all the action.
Meanwhile, it has been a busy few months in Barcelona as the boats and teams arrived ahead of the first of three preliminary regattas to kick off the 37th America’s Cup on 14 September in Vilanova, 45km along the coast from Barcelona. The first race will be contested in one-design AC 40s, and the World Sailing Show hears from the crews of Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa, Ineos Brittania and American Magic during practice as they prepare for kick off.
Elsewhere, the Rolex Fastnet Race celebrated its 50th edition with a record fleet of 420 yachts taking part in the 695 nautical mile race. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Cherbourg, France, via the famous Fastnet Rock in Ireland. The event was not without drama, however, as conditions proved challenging for the Multihulls leading the way.
Strong winds and high winds forced a shift in tactics, but it was François Gabart and his team who emerged victorious, taking line honours and setting a new record in the process as they completed the race in 1 day 8 hours 38 minutes 27 seconds, breaking the time set by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier on Maxi Groupe Edmond de Rothschild two years ago by 36 minutes 27 seconds.