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Two Major Championships Set to Sail in the Netherlands
It was announced that the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships and the 2022 Sailing World Championships will both be hosted by The Hague, Netherlands. Olympic gold medallist and windsurfing champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe was nominated as tournament director for both events. Known as a highly respected member of the global sailing community, Rijsselberghe will work with all participants to ensure a smooth event.
The Youth World Championships is scheduled to take place in July 2021 and the World Championships will follow the next year in August. During this time, more than 900 sailboats from 80 nations across the world will arrive in The Hague with hopes and dreams of securing a spot at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
An Exciting and Challenging Venue
Known as one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, The Hague has a population of around 525,000. It is an ambitious city with a positive outlook on the sailing events due to take place in the coming years. The competitions will be held at the city’s contemporary but authentic seaport and The Hague Beach – an ideal space to launch sailing vessels into the North Sea, which will undoubtedly present a challenging test for the participants. With wind and swell conditions that change suddenly and rapidly, in addition to gruelling tidal patterns, this will be a true test of sailing prowess.
Two World-Class Competitions
The Sailing World Cup Championships is an event that only takes place once every four years and is the main competition that determines who qualifies for the Sailing Olympics. The Youth Sailing World Championships has come a long way since it was first held in Sweden in 1971 and has developed into an important annual event. Sailing enthusiasts in The Hague and the Netherlands are extremely excited to be hosting these two distinctive events.