Focus on the Netherlands for Paris 2024 >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
It’s a unique regatta when all the boats used in the Olympics hold their world championships every four years, and in 2023 it will happen when 1,400 of the world’s best sailors take to the waters of Scheveningen Harbor in The Hague, The Netherlands, for two life-changing awards.
Called the Sailing World Championships, there will be two awards to pursue. First, the title of world champion, which has been held by many of the most famous names the sport has ever seen, and second, qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The 2023 edition will also make history by being the first to include Para World Sailing events. As World Sailing continues to campaign for the restoration of sailing to the Paralympic Games for LA28, the world’s best Para sailors have the opportunity to compete to become World Champion in the Hansa 303, 2.4mR and RS Venture classes.
“This is a milestone on the road to Paris 2024 for many,” noted David Graham, CEO of World Sailing. “We are happy to return to The Hague once again, following the success of the Youth Sailing World Championships earlier this year, and we look forward to seeing future Olympians test themselves on the challenging sea course of the North off the beaches of Scheveningen.”
The 2023 Championships are the main event of the Olympic qualifying campaign and reflect the format of the Olympic sailing event. All 10 Olympic events will be contested just one year from Paris 2024, and while the best won’t earn entry to the Olympics, their nation does.
The first World Sailing Championships were held in 2003 in Cadiz, Spain, and the four-year cycle would hold them the year before the Olympics. That moved up in 2014 from two years before, but the pandemic and the one-year postponement of Tokyo 2020 moved the 2022 edition to August 10-20, 2023.
With a participation quota for each of the ten Paris 2024 Events, The Hague hosts the first stage of the qualification system, with the last opportunity taking place in 2024, just months before the start of the Games. Once qualified, each nation determines its own system for selecting its representative.
Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Program:
Men’s single-seater dinghy – ILCA 7
Women’s Single-seater Dinghy – ILCA 6
Mixed annex for two people – 470
Men’s Sculls – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFx
Men’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class
Women’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class
Men’s Windsurfing – iQFoil
Women’s windsurfing – iQFoil
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
Location: Marseilles, France
Dates: July 26-August 11