Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

All sails lead to Gdynia - bids for ISAF Worlds 2018

by Dan Ibsen on 16 Mar 2014
Gdynia Nova Marina project Eurobuilder
Gdynia is the sailing capital of Poland. Now it is time to become the sailing capital of the world, by organising the ISAF Worlds 2018. This is the goal for Gdynia as bidding city for this championship with the slogan All sails lead to Gdynia.

Gdynia has together with three other cities, Busan, South Korea, Aarhus in Denmark, The Hague in the Netherlands delivered bids to International Sailing Federation for the ISAF Worlds 2018. And on March 25 and 26 all bidding cities will present their bids to the evaluation committee at the ISAF headoffice in Southhampton.

Gdynia located in Pomerania Region is committed to bidding for and presenting a world-class event plan to host the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Gdynia.

The potential Polish host organizer has the full support of the Pomerania Region Government as well as the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Polish Government.

In an understanding of the significance of this event for ISAF, the international sailing community and event hosts, Gdynia 2018 will provide a lasting sporting, economic and social legacy for Poland, Pomerania Region and the city of Gdynia in particular by hosting this high profile championship.

It gives unique opportunity to discover well developed but still unknown sailing areas and to create the bridge towards emerging countries in the neighbourhood.

The Organizing Committee will consist of well experienced members in running races representing Polish Yachting Association, responsible for on the water areas as well as extremely committed shore management representing Gdynia Sport Centre responsible for on shore facilities.

The base for all sailing events will be the marina in Gdynia and its neighbourhood - the largest and most modern marina in Poland. One of its strengths is the location in the city centre. The base for a possible ISAF Worlds 2018 in Gdynia is expected to be a brand new marina in the city.

In 2014 the Polish Yachting Association and the City of Gdynia starts an investment called 'New Marina', which will include constructing new buildings along the yacht harbour. In addition to spaces for sailing clubs there will be also service areas, a shopping centre, restaurants, an apartment hotel and offices. The final investment will be ready in 2017 – in time for the ISAF Worlds 2018.

According to Eurobuilder, a team from the Kwadrat Architectural Studio has won first prize in the competition to select an architectural concept for Nowa Marina in Gdynia (see picture). Four studios entered the competition, which was organised by the Polish Yachting Association (PZ?).

'The construction of a new modern marina, which will serve sailors and the public, is one element in the Polish Yachting Association's plan and it is supported by the city authorities. The project which has been chosen in the competition will be developed in a financial partnership with the Polish Yachting Association and sailing clubs. An SPV company is to be set up in order to do this. The project is expected to cost app. PLN 100 mio. And completion is scheduled for the end of 2017,' said Wies?aw Kaczmarek, the president of the management board of the Polish Yachting Association and a member of the competition jury.

Gdynia creates an excellent area to be running the Championships on behalf of Poland as it has become the countries sailing capital, well known of hosting world and continental sailing events such as ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, numerous Olympic Classes world and European Championships such as 49er, 470, Laser, Optimist. This year they will among other events organise EUROSAF Youth Sailing European Championships, with the same classes as for the ISAF Youth Worlds.

Gdynia and Poland’s goal is to work on promotion of sailing and continuing innovation in the development, accessibility, participation and value across the world, regardless of race, religion or gender.

Sail-world.com has earlier presented another potential host city from Northern Europe – Aarhus in Denmark.
Wildwind 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

RORC IRC Nationals - Thunder and lightning - very, very frightening!
With micro-storms conditions for Day 2 of IRC National Championship resembled an episode from the Old Testament With micro-storms, intense, frequent deluges, thunder and lightning, conditions for day two of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship resembled an episode from the Old Testament; the Great Flood perhaps.
Posted today at 5:33 am
Superyacht Cup - Win Win fastest of the fleet and overall winner
This year's 22-strong fleet is teeming with the latest flyers, carbon rockets, and offshore racers. This year's 22-strong fleet is teeming with the latest flyers, carbon rockets, and offshore racers. Moreover, most competing yachts boast having some of the biggest names in sailing on board. From America's Cup supremos to Olympic champions: stunning entries are handled by the world's racing elite.
Posted today at 5:13 am
RORC IRC National Championship - Day 2 - Life in the FAST40+ lane
The Fast40+ Class permits guests to sail on board, although not allowed to take part in the racing The Fast40+ Class permits guests to sail on board, although not allowed to take part in the racing, your reporter was permitted to 'sit at the back of the bus' and watch the action on board Sir Keith Mills Ker 40+ Invictus ...and there was plenty of it.
Posted today at 4:54 am
2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Pozzi and Racchelli in action
Third day of Melges 24 European Sailing Series third event at Kiel Week gave additional three races to the series today. Third day of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series third event at Kiel Week gave additional three races to the series today. The conditions in Kiel have not been easy for the sailors as yesterday only one race was possible to execute.
Posted today at 4:07 am
470 Junior World Championship - 'We love to fight'
The Spanish women’s crew will start starting as title favourites in the Super Sunday Medal Race. A protest in the evening brings excitement to the men's fleet. The Spanish women’s crew will start starting as title favourites in the Super Sunday Medal Race.
Posted today at 3:08 am
Oman Air dominate in Cardiff with Act 3 masterclass
Extreme Sailing Series™ maestro Morgan Larson will take his Oman Air team into the finale of Act 3 Extreme Sailing Series™ maestro Morgan Larson will take his Oman Air team into the finale of Act 3, Cardiff in pole position following a masterclass of big breeze sailing.
Posted today at 1:42 am
Day 3 of J/70 European Championship have a big effect on points table
No fewer than 38 disqualifications because of OCS were reported in the list of 91 teams, who started in the sixth race. In the first race for the Blue fleet over 30 boats were disqualified due to an early start. And several crews were subsequently judge OCS in other races. But staying clear of trouble Claudia Rossi (Italy) and her professional team continued their winning ways.
Posted on 25 Jun
Celebrating final moments of spectacular week at Newport Bermuda Race
Of the 185 boats registered, 133 boats set out expecting to be sorely tested by difficult conditions in the Gulf stream Of the 185 boats officially registered to race, 133 boats set out expecting to be sorely tested by difficult conditions in the 635-mile Gulf stream crossing. Forecasters were wrong. 122 finished with just ten dropouts coming from equipment failures or just drifting conditions.
Posted on 25 Jun
49er World Champions clinch Kieler Woche title with day to spare
Burling and Tuke stepped up a gear today in difficult gusty, puffy conditions and were visibly better around the courses Burling and Tuke stepped up a gear today in difficult gusty, puffy conditions and were visibly better around the courses, taking three race wins in a row to give themselves a margin of 26pts going into Sunday’s Medal race. They extend their tally of major regatta wins to 27.
Posted on 25 Jun
Heart rates soar as Oman Air raises the bar at Extreme Sailing Series
Morgan Larson’s crew enjoyed an impressive and unbeatable run of form late afternoon to boost their total points. Morgan Larson’s crew enjoyed an impressive and unbeatable run of form late afternoon to boost their total points for the day by 73, giving them a 17-point cushion over second placed SAP Extreme Sailing Team with one day of racing remaining.
Posted on 25 Jun