The Hague bids for 2018 ISAF Championships
THE HAGUE _ The International Sailing federation has accepted bids from 4 cities to host the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championship: Busan (South Korea), Aarhuus (Denmark), Gdynia (Poland) and The Hague. The deadline for submissions was March 1, 2014. ISAF will announce its choice of host city soon.
Boasting world class marina and support facilities right on the North Sea, The Hague has been hard at work to position itself as a key yachting and regatta resort. It hosted the 470 World championships in 2010, the Nacra World Championhips in 2013 and recently got the Volvo Ocean Race to add it as a stop in the 2014-15 round the world event.
Busan lucked into the selection process. ISAF accepted its bid though the South Korean city missed the March 1 deadline. ISAF argued Busan received no material advantage from its late entry. If Busan wins, it will be the first time the world sailing championships will be staged in Asia. That may have been a powerful incentive at ISAF headquarters to keep the door open a little longer for Busan.
The ISAF Sailing World Championships are for all boat classes in Olympic sailing. They are held every four years, alternating with the Olympic Games. The 2014 edition will take place in Santander, Spain.
Here are the 2016 Olympics boat classes. All are subject to change for the 2018 world championships:
– Men’s Windsurfer RS:X
– Women’s Windsurfer RS:X
– Men’s One Person Dinghy Laser
– Women’s One Person Dinghy Laser Radial
– Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavy) Finn
– Men’s Two Person Dinghy 470
– Women’s Two Person Dinghy 470
– Men’s Skiff 49er
– Women’s Skiff 49er FX
– Mixed Multihull Nacra17