Youth World Sailing Championship and World Sailing Championship postponed by one year

The Ocean Race and World Sailing Championship summer highlights in The Hague in 2023 

The Youth World Sailing Championships and the World Sailing Championships, which were scheduled for the summer of 2021 and 2022, have both been postponed by one year. The postponement is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this decision, the first ever World Sailing Championship in the Netherlands and The Ocean Race stop-over will both come to The Hague in the summer of 2023, making Scheveningen the Mecca of global competitive sailing.

New data

World Sailing, the Watersportverbond, municipality of The Hague and organiser TIG Sports confirm the following new dates:

●        Youth World Sailing Championship 2022:             spring / summer 2022 (date t.b.a.)

●        World Sailing Championship 2023:                        Thursday 10 to Sunday 20 August


Hilbert Bredemeijer, alderman for sport of The Hague, had a mixed feeling. “The Hague and sailing are very much connected. If you only think of the Olympic athletes who train here every day off the coast of The Hague from the Top Sailing Centre. We are very proud of them. That’s why we want to organise these two World Championships as quickly as possible. But apart from that, we are still in a period of uncertainty. Covid-19 is still there and we want the event to be safe and successful. The clarity we are now giving to postpone both World Cups by one year will allow the athletes, the organisation and the municipality to make it a great and safe event. The whole city looks forward to it.”

About World Sailing and the World Sailing Championship

World Sailing is the international sailing federation, the highest body in the sport of sailing and owner of the quadrennial World Sailing Championship. After the Olympic Games, this World Championship is the most important championship in the Olympic sailing disciplines. Some 1,400 sailors from more than 90 countries are expected to participate. Over two weeks in August 2023, the participants will compete for the world titles in the ten Olympic and three Paralympic sailing classes.

Netherlands defends title as best sailing country in the world

The Hague will host the Sailing World Cup from the port of Scheveningen in 2023. During the last World Sailing Championship in 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark, the Netherlands won ‘The President of the IOC Cup’ for the best sailing country during this event. The Dutch athletes are looking forward to defend the title of ‘best sailing country in the world’ on ‘their own’ North Sea.

Dorian van Rijsselberghe tournament director

Two-time Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe is tournament director of the Youth World Sailing Championship and World Sailing Championship. Van Rijsselberghe said: “I am really looking forward to this role and to giving something back to the sport, which has given me so much. I’m not talking about the medals, but about the fun, the encounters, the road to it and enjoying it together. We are going to make sure that all participants will also experience this in The Hague during the Youth World Sailing Championship and the big World Sailing Championship. And that the whole sports-loving Netherlands can watch and enjoy from close by. Fun and performance go hand in hand; where could that be better than in Scheveningen? We now have an extra year to make it even better.”

About the Youth World Sailing Championship

The Youth World Championships are seen as the stepping stone to the big World Sailing Championships for talents up to 19 years of age. Almost all Olympic champions have participated in the Youth World Championships. The Hague will host the 50th edition of the Youth World Sailing Championships in 2022. Kite surfing will be added for the first time during this edition.

Over the years, the Youth World Sailing Championship has grown into more than a showdown of all the young talents around the world in one central location. The event also ensures social cohesion among all participants.  Social activities are therefore an important part of the event with the aim of creating lifelong friendships.

The Ocean Race

In July 2020, the organisation of The Ocean Race announced a ten-year plan with the start of the next edition in October 2022. The world’s best offshore sailing teams will now visit The Hague in the spring of 2023. In 2023, this legendary race will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, having first started in Portsmouth in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race. The start of the 14th edition of The Ocean Race will be in Alicante, Spain in 2022 with the Grand Finale in Genoa, Italy in 2023.

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