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16-21 November 2021 / Oman

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The Short Track World Championship is an action-packed tournament format that showcases the best of sailing in a fan-friendly package. The world’s best 49er and 49erFX sailors will race in the world’s best amphitheater for sailing. The regatta will run from July 14-17, 2022 as part of a summer of sailing in Marstrand, Sweden. Host for the event will be GKSS, The Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, with a long track record of hosting prestigious regattas as Volvo Ocean Race Stop Over, Americas Cup Act, Gold Dragon Cup, and numerous World Championships.

“It will be fantastic to organize an event like this in Marstrand. An Olympic class with a new format in a world championship will be a spectacular competition. I am already excited to watch these races.” Thomas Rahm, Managing Director GKSS

Sailing fans enjoying great racing in Marstrand, SWE.

Short Track is the progression of the Theatre Style concept pioneered by the 49er class last decade. Each race is eight minutes long in a windward-leeward course, bounded on each side to keep the racing close and the fans closer. Here is a look back at the best moments of Short Track.

Best of Short Track

32 men’s and 32 women’s teams will qualify and compete for their share of the Prize Money. The competition will start at the quarterfinal stage, so that is four flights of eight boats each.

Bracket format – in each round, 4 of the 8 teams advance to the next round.

Each flight will consist of three races, and the top four boats from each group will advance to the Semi-Final based on low-point scoring. Likewise, the top four teams from the Semi-Final will advance to the final. Consistency over a three-race series is thrown out the window for the final, where it will be the first team to win two races wins the Championship. Each Semi-Final winner will carry a ‘win’ into the final, and in each race, the bottom two teams will be knocked out. Every race will matter, every moment could make the difference!

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Qualification system

A – Top 10 teams from Tokyo 2020

B – Top 10 teams from World Championship 2021

C – 1 team per continent at continental regatta

D – 2 teams from Sweden

E – Remaining teams from Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta 2021

Oman at a Glance

Perched on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman’s stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes have enchanted growing numbers of tourists each year.  With its magnificent desert, secret oases and  breathtaking mountain ranges, Oman is an alluring destination. A tropical underwater paradise lies beneath the turquoise sea, caressing the white sandy beaches that adorn the country’s stunning 3,165 km coastline.  

Alongside this natural wealth is Oman’s rich culture, which blends with modern infrastructure and historical features that span over 7,000 years. Grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs are sights to behold in the capital, Muscat. A visit to Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The Sultanate is full of opportunities for adventure, including fascinating tours with an Arabian flavour.  

Oman’s coastline is a paradise for explorers. Its abundance of wildlife includes whales, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, and flamingos. Underwater, its incredible marine life is found close to the water’s surface.  

 

 

 

 

The mountains cover approximately 15% of the country’s land mass. Oman’s main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar, which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.  

 

 

 

 

Sands and deserts occupy the remaining area; these include two large sand deserts – The Wahiba Sands known as Rimalat Al Wahiba and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). Here you can learn about Bedouin culture, camp under a dome of stars and experience the beauty of dawn in the desert.

 

 

 

Oman is known for its tropical climate whilst still subject to seasonal changes. From October through April, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 23 degrees C. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.

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