Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

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.
Southern Spars - 100Bakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May