The 2018 World Championships Test Event begins in Aarhus

Events, News, Sailing, Sports — By on August 8, 2017 at 5:22 PM


The Aarhus 2018 Sailing World Championships Test Event begins today in the Bay of Aarhus, for a week of preparations for sailors, Race Officials and event organizers, prior to the 2018 Worlds.

Held from 7-13 August 2017 at the Egå Marina in Aarhus, Denmark, over 370 sailors from 54 nations are participating in the Test Event, including a number of Rio 2016 Olympic medallists.

The Olympic medallists, attending the Test Event, include the three-time Olympic medallist, Vasilij Žbogar (SLO) and Pierre Le Coq (FRA), who won bronze in Rio 2016.

The Aarhus 2018 Test Event allows sailors to acclimatize with the local waters, race courses and sailing conditions.

It also provides an opportunity for Race Officials to test key processes one year in advance of the Championships. From testing the Race Management teams, the Field of Play, formats, equipment, technology and the overall management structure.

The test event is being held out of the Egå Marina just outside of the city of Aarhus. However, the Aarhus 2018 World Championships will be centred around the brand-new Aarhus International Sailing Centre. This will be a compact competition venue, in walking distance from downtown Aarhus.

Racing for all 10 Olympic Classes commences on Tuesday 8 August and runs through to Sunday 13 August with Medal Races held on the Saturday and Sunday.

About the World Championships

The Sailing World Championship is held every four years and are the largest gathering of Olympic class sailors. The Sailing World Championships are the principal qualification event for the Olympic Games.

Aarhus 2018 is the first and most significant qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with 40% of the nation quotas places available across the ten Olympic events. Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding will also be held across the duration of the 2018 World Championships.

Santander, Spain, hosted the 2014 World Championship in September 2014. The 2014 Worlds served as the first Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition qualifier with 50% of Rio 2016 places awarded.

About Aarhus

Aarhus is a lively and young city, bustling with energy and innovation, as well as a sense of history. A rich and multifaceted cultural life flourishes, with small experimental theatre groups, art galleries, offbeat shops and trendy cafes. The scale of the city makes it quick and easy to get around, and the atmosphere will make you feel welcome.

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