Announced at World Sailing's 2017 Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico the very first World Sailing Offshore World Championship will be held in 2019 and aims to be a powerful platform to accelerate the interest and growth of offshore one-design sailing amongst the sailing community.
The Championship is a new annual offshore double-handed mixed competition between nations, featuring 20 boats. It is designed to cater to the fast-growing double-handed offshore community worldwide. An important goal is to engage with new countries by providing turnkey equipment ready to use at the event venue as well as a training academy.
Kim Andersen, World Sailing President commented: "World Sailing's Offshore World Championship objective is to create a pinnacle endurance competition to be pursued by the best sailors from all nations of the world.
"A mixture of 30 mile and 90 mile coastal races combined with a three day / two night offshore race will ensure the Championship tests the competitors drives awareness of offshore sailing and accommodates commercial partners and spectators.
"World Sailing is excited to announce that the inaugural World Sailing Offshore World Championship will be held in 2019 and we are now seeking partners to work with us to bring the vision to life."
The Championship will feature 20 identical offshore boats. World Sailing is looking for an Equipment Supplier that will be able to provide a full fleet of ready to race double-handed boats available to charter on the dates and venue to be designated at least ten months in advance by World Sailing.
World Sailing is also seeking an Event Management Partner (EMP) to manage the commercial and operational delivery of the World Championship from 2019 through 2024.
Alongside an EMP, World Sailing is also requesting equipment proposals for the Offshore World Championship.