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28 August - 1 Septmeber, 2018 / Marseille, France

2018 U23 Junior World Championships

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December’s 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships are expected to dish up some spectacular racing and fans are invited to venture to Auckland to experience some of the action.

As many as 400 sailors are expected to compete at the world championships at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club from November 29-December 8.

Most of the top teams will be competing, given world titles and Olympic qualification are on the line, and many countries will also be using it as an Olympic selection event. Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will be looking to win their fifth world title and first since returning to the class after a two-year break and the Nacra 17 fleet will be looking to knock Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti off their perch after the Italians dominated the class in 2018.

There will be spectator boats for anyone wanting to get close to the racing while big screens will also be operating at the fanzone at the event venue.

“We have spent so many hours training on the Waitemata Harbour over the last 10 years, so to have a world championship here is super-exciting,” Tuke said. “We are really looking forward to welcoming the world and giving Kiwis an upclose look at Olympic sailing at the highest level.”

Situated only 10 minutes drive from the heart of Auckland’s central business district, this new marine precinct will become the event village. This will include the boatpark, yacht club, competitors’ hub, and fanzone for supporters from around the world and local audiences.

After a day on the water, in no time at all you can be lazing on the white sands of Mission Bay indulging in ice cream or fish & chips, cycling your way along Tamaki Drive – a picturesque waterfront promenade – dining in one of Auckland’s many food precincts or relaxing back at your accommodation.

Auckland is a sophisticated international city, with a world-class food and beverage industry as well as the other exciting attributes which make up a thriving and diverse city.

December is a good time to explore Auckland beyond the boat park, with a host of sights and activities including many on the Hauraki Gulf itself like the Auckland Whale and Dolphin SafariAmerica’s Cup yacht experience or the Maritime Musuem.

Some might like to discover a little more of what New Zealand has to offer before or after the world championships with a trip to somewhere like the Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Fiordland or Northland.

See here for more on Auckland or here to help you with some ideas or visit here for information on New Zealand.

The notice of race for the world championships has been released and entries will open soon.

Austrian FX sailors tell us about their training in Auckland

Day 1 Hightlights

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49er - Gold fleet

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49er - Silver Fleet

Day 2

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Teams and coaches must register for the event in the Manage2Sail system AND Pay for their entry through the class payment portal.

Notice of Race

Updated Aug 21 with new measurement schedules

Updated Jan 17 with new opening ceremony date

Updated Jan 17 with new emergency assembly area

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Sailing Instructions

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Map of the event venue

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Schedule Day 4

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The 49er and 49erFX return to Marseille for the first time since the 2013 World Championships. Site of the 2024 Olympic sailing in the Paris Olympics, these U23 sailors and future stars of Olympic sailing will get and early preview of their ultimate goal.

In 2018, the Olympic series are back in Marseille from August 26 to September 1 with 3 World Youth Championships: 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17. The best crews will have a glimpse of Paris 2024.

The events will take place from the Stade Nautique du Roucas Blanc, 6 promenade Georges Pompidou 13008 Marseille. 

Key information 

  • When: from Sunday, August 26th to Saturday, September 1st
  • Where: At the nautical stadium of Roucas Blanc
  • What: The 23-year-old world championships for 3 Olympic series: the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17.
  • How: 5 days regatta, 2 rounds of races

Ambitions 

  • Quality of services and organization
  • Conviviality in welcoming runners, visitors and coaches
  • Sport and competitiveness on the water

Useful information

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