The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that Santander, Spain, will host the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. The ISAF Sailing World Championships combine the world championships of all events in the Olympic sailing competition. The 2014 edition is provisionally scheduled for September 2014.
Bringing together past and future champions from all classes, the championships are one of the great events in the world sailing calendar and a key event for sailors, national teams and sailing fans around the world.
In January an Evaluation Commission appointed by ISAF received presentations by the following cities in their bid to host the event: Kingston, Canada; Qingdao, China; Aarhus, Denmark; Busan, Korea; The Hague, Netherlands; Gdynia, Poland; Santander, Spain.
The Commission made their recommendations to the ISAF Executive Committee, who made the final decision.
Jerome Pels, ISAF Secretary General, said: "All the bids we received were of extremely high quality and demonstrated that there is a big desire and commitment to hosting top-level sailing events. The decision ISAF had to make was very difficult.”
Santander is a modern, well-structured city which has sailing as part of its heritage and culture. The 2014 Worlds will see competitors racing in the natural setting of the Bay of Santander. One race course will be within the Bay, two opposite El Sardinero's beaches and one opposite El Puntal beach allowing spectators the opportunity to follow the regatta and athletes.
Excellent facilities for sailors, closeness to the city and excellent public access mean that the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships will be a great event for competitors and spectators. (www.sailing.org