17 November 2016
World Sailing Championships coming to The Hague
During the Annual Conference of World Sailing in Barcelona, The Hague was chosen as the city to host the Ocean Sailing World Championships in 2018. This means The Hague will host the 1,300 best sailors in the world when they compete in short and long-distance sailing races along the coast of Scheveningen.
The Hague, which is promoting itself as a City of Sports by the Sea with the country’s premier ocean sailing harbour, is pleased that it has been chosen to host this event.
Some 150 racing crews will compete for the title of World Champion in Ocean Sailing using an ingenious handicap system on all types of sailing craft between 10 and 16 metres long. This system used by the Offshore Racing Council (ORC) is a high tech rating system to calculate the speed for the boat in various wind conditions. The racing crew with the best performance will win the world title.
According to Deputy Mayor Rabin Baldewsingh (Sport), ‘The Hague is a unique city located directly on the North Sea coast. By organising appealing sailing events, we would like to show off this special spot to the world and tempt our own residents to come and watch or make use of our unique sporting events, like sailing.’
The organisation expects about 40,000 spectators during the event and it will make sure facilities are put in place so that the public can experience the competitions from close by.
The event will be organised by specialists from the Scheveningen Yacht Club, the Noordzee Club and the Royal Netherlands Watersport Association.