World Sailing approves overhaul for major events

World Sailing is set to implement an overhaul of the staging of its major events, including taking its annual World Cup Final at the location of sailing events for the Olympic Games and changes to the World Championships.

The proposals were put forward as part of an Events Strategy Working Party report on World Sailing’s opportunity to develop a new strategy for the cycle spanning 2021 to 2028, which includes the 2024 summer Olympics in Paris and the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.

World Sailing’s Council approved the strategy as its mid-year meeting drew to a close in London yesterday (Sunday) and work will now commence to implement the proposals. The strategy focused on the requirements for sailors and that it must add value for all of World Sailing’s stakeholders with the Olympic Games at its heart.

Three key goals were established to promote sailors progression with a clear regatta structure, a stable regatta calendar with a credible ranking system and to see that Olympic level sailing is promoted to a greater audience to drive participation.

As part of this, a bidding process for the annual final of the World Cup series of regattas is set to be scrapped in favour of hosting the events at their location for the Olympics in the run-up to each respective Games – Marseille for Paris 2024 and Long Beach for LA 2028.

World Sailing outlined its vision for an annual event held at, or close to, the Olympic venue that is very similar to the Olympic format, keeping the recognition of the Olympic Games “alive” with sailors qualifying based upon rankings. It added that the change would allow national associations to “plan for the Olympics as a team and develop their understanding of sailing at the Olympic venue”.

In addition, World Sailing is set to analyse the possibility of the World Championships, currently held every four years, to be hosted every two years from the Los Angeles 2028 quadrennial and onwards.