Aarhus 2018: The right place at the right time

Denmark has the pleasure of announcing that it has submitted its bid for the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Saturday, March 1, 2014 was the deadline day for submissions and Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, is proud to be one of the cities applying to host the greatest sailing championships of them all. The bid committee will present their vision at the ISAF headquarters later this month in Southampton, England on Tuesday, March 25.

“The 2018 ISAF Worlds will be a hugely important event for Olympic sailing and we believe that Aarhus can give this great event the stage it deserves,” Hans Natorp, the president of the Danish Sailing Association, said. “Denmark is asailing nation, sailing has won more Olympic medals than any other sport in Denmark, Aarhus is its sailing centre and its beautiful Bay the ultimate arena for the World Championships. We look forward to presenting our bid in Southampton.”

The perfect hosts

Aarhus has proven world-class race conditions and regatta organisation skills, and the competition venue – with a stunning new Aarhus International Sailing Centre at its heart – offers ideal logistics in the middle of an exciting, vibrant and easily accessible city.

Having staged such sailing events as the 2008 ISAF Youth Sailing Championship, the 2010 505 World Championship, the 2011 A-Cat World Championship and the 2013 49er & 49erFX European Championship, Aarhus has shown it has what it takes to stage a world class sailing event. With its theatre-style racing and technological expertise Aarhus can deliver the most spectator-friendly World Championships ever.

“Working with the Danish sailors, Sailing Aarhus and the City of Aarhus was such a pleasure from every point of view,” Marcus Spillane, the president of the 49ER class, said after the exciting 2013 49er and 49er FX European Championship. “The business was clean and easy, the volunteers were passionate and highly skilled in their tasks, and the result of all this was a regatta almost unparalleled in Olympic-style sailing. The 49er class would recommend to anyone thinking of running events in Aarhus not to hesitate, as they can accomplish all they promise. In fact, we will be returning this year we were so happy.”

Guaranteed by the government

There is strong public support behind the bid and guaranteed government funding. The public partners – specifically Sport Event Denmark (the Danish Government), the City of Aarhus and the Central Denmark Region – have expressed their full, unconditional and strong financial support for hosting the 2018 ISAF Worlds. This strong public commitment means that ISAF will be able to avoid any economic or organisational risks or challenges in connection with this event.

Denmark has a strong sailing tradition and has for many years staged great world-class sailing events,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “As the Danish national sport event organisation, Sport Event Denmark is proud of the passion and work of the Danish sailing community. We are impressed by the skills and readiness to innovate that characterise Danish sailing and we believe that for the ISAF Worlds Aarhus in 2018 will be right place at the right time.

The 2018 ISAF Worlds will also have a guaranteed legacy as it will support and be supported by the major harbour re-development already underway in the new residential area called Aarhus Ø. By By 2017, when Aarhus is European Capital of Culture, Aarhus Ø will be home to more than 8,000 people, numerous sport and leisure activities, cafes, shops and most importantly many active sailors enjoying a dedicated sailing environment, with the centre in the newly-built Aarhus International Sailing Centre.

“This is something we have been building up to for a long time and Aarhus and Denmark have worked out a clear vision for our bid,” Thomas Capitani, the executive director of Sailing Aarhus, who will be general manager of the 2018 organising committee, said. “It would be huge honour to host the Worlds and I know that they will find a great home here. Everything is coming together at the right time; we have the skilled event organisers, strong city and government partners, great Olympic sailors and the new world-class sailing facilities will fully tested before the event. Aarhus is ready.”

Notes for the editor:

Country of coasts, city of sails, bay of champions

Denmark has 7,314km of coastline(You are never more than 50km from the coast in Denmark and usually much closer to a sailor).

Denmark has a population of 5,602,628.

Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city with a population of 324,000.

More broadly there are approximately 1.5 million people within one hour`s drive.

Denmark has 270 sailing clubs.

Sailing Aarhus is made up by its five sailing clubs,who have hosted over 300 international regattas in the last 25 years.

Denmark has won 28 Olympic sailing medals; 12 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze, more than any other Olympic sport.

The Bay of Aarhus has an area of approximately 150km², water depth varies between 10 and 25m with practically no current. Aarhus – or “Aros” as the city was called in the Viking Age – means “mouth of the river”.

Aarhus is surrounded by water, with a 20km coastline and one of the world’s cleanest bays to the east.

There are two international airports within an hour’s drive of the competition venue; Aarhus airport (35 minutes), Billund airport (1 hour).

Aarhus is the cultural, commercial and educational centre of Western Denmark.

Aarhus has a large population of students and young people and a bustling and energetic atmosphere.