The RYA is on the hunt for sailors and boat owners interested in the new double-handed mixed offshore event that will debut at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
This new Olympic sailing discipline will see mixed pairs battle it out over a four-day offshore race in a new event for the sport.
With planning for Paris 2024 already underway, the RYA has registered an entry for a British team in the 2020 World Sailing Offshore World Championship (OWC), held in conjunction with the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
The RYA would now like to hear from any motivated and experienced sailors interested in trying double-handed offshore sailing.
They are also keen to hear from any boat owners who may either be looking for a racing partner or prepared to loan or charter a suitable boat to others.
Jack Fenwick, RYA Keelboat Manager, is hoping to bring interested parties together in early 2020 with a view to running doublehanded offshore taster sessions and training next spring.
The official selection policy will be published by 1 March 2020 but anybody interested in getting involved in double handed, mixed offshore sailing is warmly encouraged to register their interest by sending an e-mail containing details of their sailing experience, aspirations and their boat (if they have one) to [email protected]
If more than 20 nations enter the OWC then there will need to be a country qualification event in Europe in May / June 2020.
Britain would then need to send a representative team to aim to qualify a place for Britain for the OWC in Malta and an announcement will be made on how these representatives will be selected once the details are announced by World Sailing in due course.