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World Sailing extends relationship with Olympic class regattas

by World Sailing 5 Dec 2022 19:58 GMT
Trofeo Princesa Sofia © Sailing Energy / Trofeo Princesa Sofia

World Sailing and four of the leading Olympic class regattas have confirmed competition dates for 2023 and 2024 and announced a commitment for greater collaboration across the sport with the ambition of delivering benefits for event organisers on all continents, for national federations and for individual sailors.

The Trofeo Princesa Sofia, Allianz Regatta, Semaine Olympique Française and Kieler Woche will work with World Sailing on three key areas:

  • Making it easier for sailors to compete across multiple events in the series
  • Improved calendar coordination
  • The promotion of Olympic class sailing

The shared ambition is for all four events to be brought together under the World Cup banner, enabling a more consistent and collaborative approach which will make planning in future Olympic cycles easier for Member National Authority (MNA) teams and athletes.

Coordination efforts will consider the opportunities for training between events, as well as minimising travelling and enabling sailors to enter multiple events via a single platform.

The four regattas and World Sailing will also work together on the co-promotion of the sport with the aim of improving reach and engagement with existing and new fans.

"World Sailing is committed to enhancing engagement with stakeholders across sailing in the best interests of our Member National Authorities and the sailors," said World Sailing Director of Events Alastair Fox.

"Each of these regattas has a remarkable heritage and provide the foundations for both the Sailing World Championships and sailing in the Olympic Games. Ultimately, we are looking to partner with events on all continents to work together and make sailing in the Olympic classes a better experience for sailors around the world and more accessible for our MNAs in every region.

"Collaboration also creates opportunities for cross-promotion, and I know the team at World Sailing are looking forward to working with the respective event teams to develop further benefits."

2023 Regatta calendar:

  • Trofeo Princesa Sofia: 1-8 April 2023
  • Semaine Olympique Française: 22-29 April 2023
  • Allianz Regatta: 31 May-4 June 2023
  • Kieler Woche: 17-25 June 2023

2024 Regatta calendar:

  • Trofeo Princesa Sofia: 30 March-5 April 2024
  • Semaine Olympique Française: 20-27 April 2024
  • Allianz Regatta: 29 May-2 June 2024
  • Kieler Woche: 22-30 June 2024

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