Swedish-based firm Aston Harald Sports, which organises sailing’s M32 Series, has announced that Marstrand will host the inaugural edition of a new event entitled the M32 World Championships.
The Swedish island will stage the event from July 13-16 next year, a week after it hosts the finals of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), which Aston Harald owns. The M32 International Class Association (M32ICA), in cooperation with the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club and Aston Harald Sports, will organise the new competition.
The entry limit of the World Championships will be 25 teams but for the first year the event has an open invitation for any team to enter on a first come, first served basis. However, in future the M32 World Championships will change and entry to the event will be through qualification in the M32 Series around the world or at specific M32 qualifying events.
“The interest around the class is growing rapidly in Europe, North America and Asia and we are very excited to have the first World Championships for the class,” Mattias Dahlström, president of the M32 Class Association, said. “This will give the different M32 teams around the world a chance to measure up against each other and see who is the best. In the long run it will also give the different events and series around the world something extra to strive for via the qualification system.”
M32 is an official World Sailing class and the M32 World Championships will be sanctioned by the Swedish Sailing Federation, as well as the sport’s global governing body.