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The inaugural edition of World Sailing’s Offshore World Championship will be held in October 2020 in Valletta, Malta alongside the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Announced in 2017, the Offshore Sailing World Championship will be a powerful platform to accelerate the interest and growth of offshore one-design mixed double-handed sailing within the sailing community.

The 2020 Offshore Sailing World Championship will be organised in collaboration with the Royal Malta Yacht Club and World Sailing.

Originally earmarked to be held in 2019, World Sailing postponed the hosting to 2020 to allow a full qualification system to be developed, allowing ample opportunity for Member National Authorities to qualify and prepare for the event.

The Championship will be a two person mixed competition (one man, one woman) between nations, featuring 20 boats. Held alongside the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the competitors may be required to sail the full course or a reduced course depending on the weather conditions. It is designed to cater to the fast-growing double-handed offshore community worldwide. An important goal is to engage countries new to double-handed offshore sailing by providing turnkey equipment ready to use at the event venue as well as boats being available to charter in Europe for training from the summer of 2019.

World Sailing President, Kim Andersen, said, “The Offshore Sailing World Championship will be pursued by the best mixed crews from all nations and will be recognised as one of the major endurance competitions for two person offshore sailing.

“World Sailing is continuously looking to provide pathways into the sport and the Championship will be gender equal, enabling both men and women to acquire the skillsets needed to perform at the Championship and beyond.

“The 2020 Championship is the first step for offshore sailors aspiring to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and we are expecting a stern test for the teams on internationally renowned offshore racing waters.

“Royal Malta Yacht Club has outstanding experience of hosting major sailing events and we are delighted to be working with them for this important first event.”

Godwin Zammit, Commodore of Royal Malta Yacht Club, commented, “The Rolex Middle Sea Race has been a thrill for thousands of sailors since its inception over 50-years-ago. The character and challenge of the Maltese waters and efforts of our volunteers and staff continue to make the event attractive.

“We are delighted to partner with World Sailing and hold two prestigious events side by side to help enhance and grow the profile of our sport. We’re excited about hosting the first Offshore Sailing World Championship and supporting World Sailing in their efforts.”

Further information on the boats that will be used, the qualification system and race format will be announced in due course.

About the Rolex Middle Sea Race

The Rolex Middle Sea Race takes place in the heart of the Mediterranean and comprises one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Starting and finishing in Malta, the 606 nautical mile route includes the deep azure waters of Sicily and the Strait of Messina, the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa, and even features Stromboli’s active volcano as a course mark. Organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, 2019 marks the 40th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

About World Sailing

World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Founded in 1907, World Sailing’s vision is for a world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing; inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature; we all work to protect the waters of the world.

World Sailing is made up of 144 Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 117 World Sailing Class Associations.

7 Comments

  1. Jan Mar 12, 2019 Reply

    Figaro, dehler 30, j99, sun fast 3300 eller L30?

  2. Sam V Mar 12, 2019 Reply

    Kul! Är ju sagt L30 tidigare men båtarna du listar lär nog vilja vara med nu när det skjuts upp ett år. Poängen med att L30 enkelt går att traila är inget tungt argument för transport till Malta. Godzammit!

  3. Pelle Pedersen Mar 13, 2019 Reply

    Ännu en anledning till att vara på Malta i god tid!! :)
    Men vet i f-n om man vill göra 600M doublehanded…
    Men det är nog bara jag!

  4. JonasS Mar 13, 2019 Reply

    Ganska många som har gjort Östersjömaran, som ersattes av xxx2Star.
    Kanske dags att väcka den igen.

  5. Thomas Wiberg Mar 13, 2019 Reply

    L30 vore nog inte så lämplig för Middle Sea Race. Är väl ett kategori 3 race enligt World Sailings Special Regulations och det behövs nog mycket mingel och lobbyverksanhet om en smal 30-fotare på 1820 kg med 710 kg i kölen skall klara stabilitetskraven i den kategorin….. Skulle det beslutas så, så får man hoppas att medelhavet visar upp sin milda sida….

  6. Jan Mar 13, 2019 Reply

    Gissning på sannolikhet

    1. Figaro 3
    2. j/99
    3. Sun Fast 3300
    4. Dehler 30

    Men hur gör man för att välja? Är ju en gigantisk kommersiell fördel för den som väljs så någon slags tender behövs väl för att inte få DG Comp på sig eller hamna i blåsväder som med os-klasserna?

  7. Classe Mar 14, 2019 Reply

    Östersjömaran var ju grym segling på 2 personer. Hoppas sådana race kommer tillbaka i Östersjön.:)

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