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World Sailing awards women’s Match Racing World Championship to Helsinki

World Sailing has awarded hosting rights to its 2017 women’s Match Racing World Championship to the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

The city’s NJK Sailing Center will stage the event, subject to site approval and the necessary contracts being arranged. Exact dates will be confirmed in the near future.

The NJK Sailing Center in 2014 staged the first-ever Youth Match Racing World Championship and next month will host the first round of this year’s women’s International Match Racing series.

“World Sailing is confident the NJK Sailing Center can repeat the same success (as the Youth Match Racing World Championship) with the women's Match Racing World Championship and the close race areas to the capital city will draw in spectators to watch and support the crews,” Alastair Fox, head of events at World Sailing, said.

The application process for host venues opened in July last year. An evaluation panel reviewed all applications before recommending Helsinki to World Sailing’s board of directors.

Liz Baylis, chair of World Sailing's match racing committee, added: “The evaluation panel had the difficult task of choosing between three excellent bids and Helsinki came out on top. With Finland's rich culture in match racing, including a medal performance in the 2012 Olympics, we expect nothing short of an exceptional regatta with great community support and excellent sailing.”