Women's Match Racing World Championship heading to Helsinki, Finland
Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk
World Sailing is
pleased to announce that the NJK Sailing Center,
Finland has been selected to host the 2017 Women's Match Racing World
Renowned for its Match Racing pedigree, the NJK Sailing Center in Helsinki will host the 2017 Women's Match Racing World Championship
boasting a sailing arena located close to the city centre providing excellent
viewing opportunities for spectators.
Together with The Finnish Sailing and Boating Federation and the Finnish
Olympic Committee, NJK runs a training centre for elite sailors and has
previously hosted the inaugural Youth Match Racing World Championship in
2014. It is also set to hold the first round of the 2016 Women's International
Match Racing Series in June.
Head of Events at World Sailing, Alastair Fox said, "In 2014, NJK was
chosen to host the first ever Youth Match Racing World Championship and it
was a very successful and well run event. World Sailing is confident the NJK
Sailing Center can repeat the same success with the
Women's Match Racing World Championship and the close race areas to the
capital city will draw in spectators to watch and support the crews."
Chair of the Match Racing Committee, Liz Baylis,
said, "The Evaluation Panel had the difficult task of choosing between
three excellent bids and Helsinki came out on top. With Finland's rich
culture in match racing, including a medal performance in the 2012 Olympics,
we expect nothing short of an exceptional regatta with great community
support and excellent sailing.”
The 2017 Women's Match Racing World Championship will take place in Finland
in a year in which the country celebrates its 100th anniversary of
Applications for the host venue opened in July 2015 with the Evaluation Panel
reviewing all received applications. The World Sailing's Board of Directors
then endorsed the recommendation made by the Panel.
The selection of the NJK Sailing Center is subject
to a successful site visit and satisfactory contractual arrangements.
Dates will be confirmed and released for the regatta in the near future.
By Richard Aspland - World Sailing
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