In 2018 the city of The Hague will be all about sailing and a sailing showcase to the world. Over the years, Dutch ORC and IRC teams have enjoyed the hospitality of previous Worlds organising countries. Attending events around the globe, the Dutch owe it to the offshore sailing community from all over the world to invite them to the low lands to experience the hospitality and the treasure called ‘North Sea’.
Compact, accessible and attractive
The Hague, with its charm, history and modern seaport is the perfect location to host the Offshore Sailing World Championships in 2018. The compact port is more than sufficient to accommodate all boats just a stone’s throw from the competition areas. The surrounding event grounds will complement the Race Village in addition to existing lively streets and boulevards offering a wide variety of restaurants, bars and shops.
Where sports drives technology
Offshore racing is performed on different type of yachts between 9 and 20 meters in length. Everything is measured for a handicap: the crew, the sails, the boat above and below the waterline. To define the handicaps, rating systems are used. Rating systems are based on science and technology, and are annually adapted and further optimised with the goal of ever more fair sailing competition. A few kilometers away, the best hydrodynamic specialists of the world can be found at Delft University. The knowledge from Delft has a significant scientific role to these rating systems. The Hague region’s scientific and economic roots are fueled with sports, innovation and technology which couldn’t be a better central theme for the World Championship: “Where sports drives technology.”