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World Sailing open Sailing World Championship bid process

World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has published guidelines for bidding for the 2022 Sailing World Championships - not for the fainthearted or financially stretched.


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The UK missed out in the last round of bidding for Sailing World Cup events and at present has no Olympic class regattas organised before the 2020 Olympics.

The last word from the RYA on the recent Sailing World Cup bidding process (now closed) for the 2018 World Cup Series Final was that they were in negotiation with funding partners.

But that . . .

'There are some obvious performance benefits to hosting a SWC round in the UK in 2019 and 2020 as well as benefits with raising the sports profile in the UK and the opportunities for race officials and volunteers alike.'

This latest round for Member National Authorities (MNAs) and Host Cities interested in bidding for the 2022 Sailing World Championships is more long term, featuring the 2022 Sailing World Championships.

Bidding for an event at this level is not for the fainthearted or financially stretched.

World Sailing events are up there with the big players such as FIFA and Formula 1 when it comes to slicing and dicing the required level of infrastructure of the event.

The bid document is a dauntingly detailed 53 page document.

A typical touch is the 'competitors are responsible for their own accommodation' but '15 double rooms may be requested for the World Sailing Board members and special guests. The hotel should be at least a four star hotel'.

Not forgetting the, 'Travel (including travel to and from all airports), food (good quality
and healthy), per diems (to cover the costs of dinner and other expenses) and accommodation (with free Wi-Fi)'
. . . this is the World Sailing Officials, VIPs and Personnel, not the competitors, just in case you where getting excited.

Second only to the Olympic Games, the World Championships are the most important event for the Olympic sailing classes and the largest event globally that has the participation of all 10 Olympic events.

The World Championships are held every four years - two years ahead of the Olympic Games. All other years, the World Championships for the Olympic classes are spread out as separate events for the individual boat classes.

Aarhus in Denmark will host the next edition from 31 July to 12 August 2018.

Preliminary bids for Host Cities and MNAs interested in bidding for the 2022 Sailing World Championships must be received by World Sailing by 1 November 2017. Final bids shall be received by 1 March 2018.

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Gerald New - Sailweb
15 October 2017 9:32 GMT


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