1st ocean racing championship in 2019
Announced at the 2017 World Sailing Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to promote offshore sailing, the World Offshore Racing Championship is expected to be held in 2019. Ridden in doubles with mixed crews from 20 countries, the event will be held once a year for one week. 3 races of different durations are planned:
- a 30 mile coastal course
- a 90 mile coastal course
- a 3 days and two nights long event
Selection tests may be held in the future.
Choice of boat
World Sailing has launched a call for tenders for the supply of a fleet of 20 one-design yachts. The boats, adapted for the double practice, must be available for hire, ready to sail for the event whose dates will have been communicated 10 months in advance. The supplier will also work with World Sailing to create a training base in Europe, offering at least 5 boats for charter. The contract award, covering the period 2019-2024, must be announced on 8 August 2018, after an evaluation period between 1 June and 13 July 2018. Applications must be submitted before 31 May.
Choice of organizer
World Sailing is also looking for a company to organize the world ocean racing championship. The incumbent will be responsible for the organization, marketing and promotion of the event, as well as commercial partnerships. Applications are open until 18 May 2018. The winner must be chosen on 4 June 2018.
A French specialty
Very practiced by French sailors, short-handed ocean racing also seduces French shipyards. If we can imagine that Bénéteau will be on the starting line with his Figaro experience, other manufacturers whose boats shine on the deckchairs could position themselves, although the size of the fleet could be a brake. French bids for the organization of races is also likely, given the tricolor experience in ocean racing.