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All Sails Set For 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships

Posted on april 30, 2015 in News by Tine Vinther Poulsen

ISAF Worlds Contract Signing

The ISAF Sailing World Championships in Aarhus in 2018 will be the biggest World Championships ever. This was the message when the contract was signed today between the organisers and the International Sailing Federation, ISAF.

It will be a World Championships of records when the Bay of Aarhus forms the backdrop for the World Championships in 2018 for all Olympic boat classes. In terms of both the number of sailors and the number of participating countries, this will be an event that will surpass the sailing competition at the Olympic Games.

This is a huge event, and it will leave its mark on the city and the bay. Once again, the Sailing World Championships place Aarhus and Denmark among the best event sites. The many participants and travelling companions will create life and atmosphere in the city and on the water, and it will be a unique experience for the city’s citizens and the many visitors,” said Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard and Councillor for Culture and Citizen Service, Rabih Azad-Ahmad, who have signed the contract together on behalf of the Danish organisers.

The 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships are organised in collaboration between the International Sailing Federation, ISAF, Dansk Sejlunion, Sailing Aarhus, Sport Event Denmark and the City of Aarhus. The parties share a joint ambition about ensuring that the event becomes the biggest World Championships ever for Olympic boat classes.

ISAF President Carlo Croce said, “The ISAF Sailing World Championships is one of our pinnacle events and it’s very complicated to run, you cannot do it by yourself. The Danish organisers are highly competent and the team convey the feeling that they are a strong, united group. The legacy of sailing in Aarhus is fantastic and there is a great opportunity ahead. We are very happy to be taking the event to Aarhus in 2018.

ISAF is looking for universality and having 100 nations and upwards of 1,600 sailors competing on the Bay of Aarhus in 2018 will be amazing for the sport.

Lars Lundov, Director at Sport Event Denmark, adds, “The World Championships for all Olympic boat classes will head towards Denmark in 2018, and we have set all sails even now together with Aarhus and Dansk Sejlunion in order to establish new standards for the event“.

The goal is to set a new record with upwards of 100 participating nations. The World Championships are to attract spectators from Denmark and abroad and set completely new standards for both sailors and spectators. The 2018 World Championships are to bring sailors and spectators closer together and spread enthusiasm both at sea and on land.

The ISAF Sailing World Championships are held every four years, and without comparison, they are the largest event that has the participation of all 10 Olympic boat classes. The distribution of national places in the Olympic Games will start on the Bay of Aarhus. This is where the dream about Olympic medals in Tokyo in 2020 begins for the greatest stars in sailing. As something completely new, kitesurfing has also been added to the World Championships programme.

For decades, Denmark has been among the best sailing nations in the world. A large number of World Championship and Olympic medals won over the years speak of sailing as a sport in which Danish sailors repeatedly manage to deliver top performances when it matters most. It is therefore only natural that Danish sailors look forward to competing in their home territory.

The ISAF Sailing World Championships will make Aarhus an international brand in sailing once and for all. From the moment the Olympic flame is extinguished in Rio in 2016, every sailing nation in the world will start focusing on Aarhus. Over the next two years, a steady and ever increasing stream of sailors and coaches will visit Aarhus to get to know the World Championship waters. However, nobody knows the Bay of Aarhus better than the Danish sailors, and we look forward to demonstrating our skills to a home audience,” says Hans Natorp, Chairman of Dansk Sejlunion.

The ambition is that the World Championships in 2018 will, in several ways, be bigger than the most recent World Championships in Spanish Santander.

In Santander, 1,167 sailors from 82 nations took part. The area for the sailing finals was visited by 285,000 people, and the event was covered by 196 journalists. The local authorities assess that the financial effect of the World Championships amounted to approx.37.18 million Euros.

The 2018 World Championships are a clear victory for sailing on the Bay of Aarhus. The event will place Aarhus on the ‘world sailing map’ once and for all, and Sailing Aarhus is ready with a strong and experi-enced crew,” says Mette Rostgaard Evald, Chairman of Sailing Aarhus.

The 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships will be launched in August 2018.Second only to the Olympic Games, these ISAF World Championships are the most important event for the Olympic boat classes. The ISAF World Championships are held every four years – during the even years between the Olympic Games – most recently, they were held in the autumn of 2014 in Santander, Spain. All other years, the World Championships are spread out as separate events for the individual boat classes.

About the ISAF Worlds

The ISAF Sailing World Championships is the principal qualification event for the Olympic Sailing Competition.

The largest congregation of Olympic sailors converged on Cadiz in southwest Spain for the first ISAF World Championships from 11-24 September 2003.

From 28 June-13 July 2007, Cascais, Portugal hosted the second edition of the ISAF Sailing World Championships. Building on the success of Cadiz four years earlier, 1,350 sailors and 900 boats represented 76 nations in the biggest Olympic sailing event yet.

Perth, Australia hosted the third ISAF Worlds in December 2011. 1,200 sailors from 79 nations took part, racing for world championship glory and Olympic qualification. As the principal qualification event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, 75% of all national places were decided.

Santander, Spain hosted the 2014 ISAF Worlds from 8-21 September 2014. The 2014 ISAF Worlds served as the first Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition qualifier with 50% of Rio 2016 places awarded.

About Aarhus

Aarhus is a lively and young city bustling with energy and innovation as well as a sense of history. A rich and multifaceted cultural life flourishes with small, experimental theatre groups, art galleries, offbeat shops and trendy cafes. The scale of the city makes it easy and quick to get around and the atmosphere will make you feel welcome.

The Competition Venue will be established at the existing Aarhus Yachting Harbour and at the neighbouring city quarter, Aarhus Ø. Aarhus Yachting Harbour is an extensive recreational area which is home to numerous leisure organisations, with diving, rowing, kayaking, yachting and motorboat clubs as well as angling associations. The Harbour is ideally situated within easy walking distance of downtown Aarhus and has several thousand daily users.

The harbour is also a favourite leisure destination for many Aarhus citizens, who enjoy the restaurants and shops or simply the atmosphere, natural setting, clean bathing waters, fishing and the fresh air.

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Sailing in Aarhus wins four prestigious prizes at 2014 sporting awards show

Posted on februar 4, 2015 in News by trine

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Last weekend, Danish sporting eyes were fixed on Aarhus, as sailing in Aarhus excelled at the annual sports award show for athletes, trainers and sports organizations, held in Aarhus. Winners and national sporting talents, as well as the sports events themselves in 2014 were celebrated and prizes awarded. Sailing in Aarhus won four of the 13 prizes that were awarded and, furthermore, was nominated in five categories. One of the four prizes was “The Event of the Year”, which went to Sailing Aarhus & Aarhus Sailing Club/Sailing Club Bugten for the hosting and organization of the 49er & 49erFX – Junior World Championship 2014. The prize was also awarded in light of Aarhus winning the right to host the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

Three of the four prizes awarded this weekend went to the local 49er FX women Ida Marie Baad Nielsen & Marie Thusgaard Olsen. They have performed extraordinary in 2014, where they won both the European Championship in Helsinki & the Junior World Championship in Aarhus. Last but not the least Ida & Marie took the silver medal at the ISAF World Championships in Santander. And last Saturday the two women could return home with two tropies: “Boye-pokalen” and “MR Pokalen”. “Boye-pokalen” is awarded to the best sports performance of the year, and “MR Pokalen” is given to an athlete or team that has performed at an especially high level in the year that has passed. Last but not the least Ida & Marie won “Årets Østjyske Sportsnavn”, which is awarded to the most remarkable sports performance of 2014. With this number of winnings Ida & Marie cannot by anything but satisfied.

The 49er & 49erFX – Junior World Championship 2014 in Aarhus was the focus of another prestigious prize, “The Event of the Year”, beating off a strong challenge from the other nominees in this category, the hugely popular: Aarhus Half Marathon and the Classic Car Race. Sailing Aarhus & Aarhus Sailing Club/Sailing Club Bugten were very happy as they received the prize for “The Event of the Year”. One of the reasons for this award was the successful hosting of the large sailing event in 2014, as well as recognition for winning the right to host the ISAF 2018 World Championships in Aarhus.

With all these prizes, sailing in Aarhus has enjoyed a highly successful 2014 with great success, and, more importantly, has shown its wider appeal and potential for the years to come. These awards not only help sailing in Aarhus to promote the sport, but the recognition also creates a large, positive awareness of the major sailing events due to be hosted in the city of Aarhus in the forthcoming years.

 

 

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Aarhus Ø is the whole city’s new spot for experiences

Posted on september 15, 2014 in News by admin

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Today mayor Jacob Bundsgaard and Bjarke Ingels from BIG have presented a development plan for the area, Basin 7, at the new waterfront of Aarhus. The area has a fantastic potential as a gathering point for the whole city, and forms the basis of future developments for the whole area.

Maritime allotments, a beach zone, a theater and winding streets – these are just some of the elements that are going to make the area around Basin 7 at Aarhus Ø a new spot for exciting experiences. This was revealed today, when a brand new development plan for the area was presented. The collaboration regarding the development plan is in itself innovative for the development of the waterfront in Aarhus. We are dealing with collaboration between the city of Aarhus and a private team, consisting of BIG and Gehl Architects among others. The team had the assignment to rethink 7 themes for the area, including urban space & landscape, scale & architecture and the compositions of the residents.

Optimal surroundings for urban space activities

Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard is thrilled that such competent capacities have offered their knowledge of international urban space development projects in collaboration with local operators, which can be included in the realization of the plans: “According to the plan, the urban space activities have been thought through first, so that they are positioned ideally when it comes to wind, sun etc. and situated towards the attractive water basin. On that basis the remaining building plots for living quarters etc. are moulded and adapted. This creates optimal surroundings for urban life at Aarhus Ø” says Jacob Bundsgaard.

The new development plan is also a great bonus for sailing in Aarhus especially reagarding future events such as ISAF 2018 World Championship in Aarhus. According to Thomas Capitani, director of Sailing Aarhus, this is a really exciting initiative.

“The new plans support the vision we have of showcasing sail racing to a wider audience by letting people experiencing sailing up close. It will bring sailing closer to the people of Aarhus and will frame a spot for tousands of people to recreate but also to experience elite sailing at an event such as ISAF World Championship in 2018” states Thomas Capitani, CEO of Sailing Aarhus.

ISAF 2018 World Championship in Aarhus will be held in August at Aarhus Ø and is arranged by Sailing Aarhus in corporation with the city of Aarhus, Sport Event Denmark, The Danish Sailing Association and Region Midtjylland.

Families with children also want to live in the city

The development plan has a particular focus on supporting and stimulating the families interest in living at and using Aarhus Ø, and that is really interesting according to alderman of Technical & Environmental services Kristian Würtz:

“Right now there is a global tendency for families with children wanting to live in the city center, and we see that same tendency in Aarhus. That is why we need to have housing types and activities that meet the families’ wishes. The development plan addresses these whishes by creating closed courtyard areas for playing and staying in safe surroundings and by establishing evocative winding streets, as we know it from ‘Øgadekvarteret’. Finally, there is a focus on cultural offers, for example theater, which is something that makes it attractive to live in the city.”   

The plan is also to establish a series of maritime allotments with small bathing houses so that other people besides the residents can use the area as well and take ownership of the activities and the on-going development according to the principal of the already existing gardens in the Ø-garden.

Local developer is looking forward to the realization

Local urban developer Rune Kilden has participated in the process as a part of the private team. He is especially thrilled that the development plan is based on specific plans and players that wish to be a part of the realization of the projects:

“The strategy for the urban life is simply that cultural life, restaurants and sports have to be a part of driving the urban development, which we have already had good experience with from ‘Strandbaren’ at Aarhus Ø. Besides, the plan is so robust that it has the capacity to include new players and activities as demands and usage needs change over time” he explains.

The water basin gets a central location

Basin 7 is also the area where a harbor bath donated by the Salling Fonds is to be established. The future harbor bath is intended as the central place in the development of the area so that the harbor bath and other activities in the area to a great extent “melt together” and create a unified promenade of exciting experiences. A process is now in progress, during which the plan will be presented in detail for a series of stakeholders at a dialog meeting. Afterwards the development plan has to be approved by the city council of Aarhus in preparation for tender and sale of building rights for living-quarters and businesses in the area.

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Observation trip to 2014 ISAF Worlds in Santander

Posted on september 5, 2014 in News by admin

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There has been nothing but a positive buzz since Aarhus was selected to host the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championship. The city and the organisers are eager to get started, but a World Championship calls for thorough preparations. To gather knowledge of the coming event in Aarhus the organisers are paying a visit to the present host city of the 2014 Sailing World Championship; Santander, Spain.

The competition will take place from the 8th – 21st of September in the port of Santander and will represent the 5th edition of the ISAF World Championship for all Olympic yachting disciplines. The Championship is held every fourth year, and last year’s host was the Australian city Perth. In 2018 Aarhus falls the honour of the skilled sailors from all over the world.

To visit and be a part of the ISAF World Championship in Santander is important in the preparations towards hosting the Championship in Aarhus in 2018. The Danish attendance is a clear priority of the organisers in the city of Aarhus. The purpose of the visit in Santander is to observe how the Spanish organisers manage to resolve the logistic challenges when accommodating approximately 960 boats, up to 1.400 participants, establish meeting facilities for the many officials, create press facilities for the hundreds of press people and last but not the least make room for facilities and fan zones for thousands of spectators etc.

These logistic and sporting observations are important or Sailing Aarhus and the other organisers, who contribute with essential resources such as space on land, sea and other facilities. “It is one of the worlds most important Olympic sporting events and by far the biggest sailing event ever held in Denmark” says CEO of Sailing Aarhus, Thomas Capitani and adds: “the whole sailing community of Denmark will be involved in the execution of this event, and I am sure, that it will set new and higher standards of how we organise and execute sailing races and improve the competences and the equipment of the sailing clubs in general”.

Besides studying logistics and sporting facilities, focus on how the city of Santander manages to exploit the event for other purposes is also an area of great interest.

According to the city of Aarhus the aim is to gain an impression of how the organisers and the city in general manage to exploit the great potential of this event. This both in regards to the branding of the city as an experience for the citizens in the city and the surrounding areas, as well as to the possibilities of making long-term effects in the development of the port of Santander. “We hope to get some good ideas of how we, as a city, should activate and benefit from the World Championship in 2018. Both in order to secure spectacular experiences, while the event is happening, but also to strengthen the long-term effects of hosting a Championship. For example in relation to developing the new waterfront in Aarhus, in making yachting even more popular and in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in yachting” states CEO of events, Finn Lyck.  

Sport Event Denmark also points out the importance of a thorough process of preparation as a foundation of a successful event. The visit to Santander is therefore essential. “ISAF Worlds 2014 in Santander is the last World Championship for Olympic sailing classes before Denmark is hosting the Championship in Aarhus in 2018. For this reasonit is of course important that we get the opportunity to observe how the Championship is executed this year and chance to meet up with the organisers and the International Sailing Association” says CEO of Sport Event Denmark, Lars Lundov. Sport Event Denmark, who is an important partner and has been a part of the project from the initial bidding process,  will also be a part of the preparations towards 2018. Furthermore, Sport Event Denmark will be playing an important role in the execution of the event as in the following evaluation.

The most important Olympic qualifying championship

ISAF Sailing World Championship is the most important qualifying championship, where most of the nation spots for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 are distributed. The Danish national team is turning out in strength to secure the desired nation spots. Jonas Warrer (Olympic Gold winner 2008), Allan Nørregaard (Olympic bronze winner 2012) and Jonas Høegh-Christiansen (Olympic silver winner 2012) are participating in Santander, just to name a few.

The two sailing stars from Aarhus Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen are also participating. The two-time European and ruling Youth Worlds champions, are participating in the women’s 49erFX class. With success in Santander the girls have the opportunity to secure Denmark nation spots for the Olympic Games in 2016, where the 49erFX class is accepted as an Olympic discipline for the first time. So it is with great excitement and a lot at stake, the girls are sailing at the ISAF Worlds in Santander.

The 2018 ISAF World Championship will also act as qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Up to 960 boats and 1.400 sailors from maybe 100 nations are expected to visit Aarhus and fight for the World Championship title but also for the spots to the Olympic Games. The sailors are competing in all of the ten Olympic classes and the two new ones: Kite surfing Men and Kite surfing Women. The two new disciplines will be at the Olympic Games in 2020 as test disciplines.

ISAF 2018 World Championship in Aarhus will be held in August at Aarhus Ø and is arranged by Sailing Aarhus in corporation with the city of Aarhus, Sport Event Denmark, The Danish Sailing Association and Region Midtjylland.

ISAF World Championships 1999-2018

Year

Location

Number of sailors

Number of nations

1999

Melbourne, Australien

2003

Cadiz, Spanien

1.450

71

2007

Cascais, Portugal

1.350

76

2011

Perth, Australien

1.200

79

2014

Santander, Spanien

1.400

85

2018

Aarhus, Danmark

 

 

Source: isaf.com & santander2014.com

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Aarhus, Denmark To Host 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships

Posted on maj 10, 2014 in News by admin

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The International Sailing Federation is pleased to announce that Aarhus, Denmark has been selected to host the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

The International Sailing Federation has today announced that Aarhus, Denmark has been selected to host the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

The Commission made their recommendation to the ISAF Executive Committee who unanimously endorsed the recommendation of Denmark as host of the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

Jerome Pels, ISAF Chief Executive Officer said in a press release from ISAF: “The bids ISAF received were of exceptional quality and we are grateful for their commitment to the sport. All four venues demonstrated passion and commitment to host the 2018 ISAF Worlds which made ISAF’s decision a difficult one to make. In recent years Aarhus has demonstrated its expertise in hosting high calibre sailing events featuring the finest sailors on the planet. We look forward to working closely with the organizing authority to deliver a world class event for sailors, spectators and those watching from home.”

Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark says: “We are very honored to be awarded the ISAF Worlds 2018. Aarhus is the right place at the right time for sailing. The city and Denmark has a strong sailing and event tradition and we now look forward to making the event a big bang for sailors and sailing.”

Hans Natorp, president of the national sailing association, who is on site in Southhampton, says: “The Bid process has been very intense and I have right through the process had a very good and positive dialogue with ISAF.”

“Aarhus is called the city of smiles and today the city is smiling even more. 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships will be one of the greatest sporting events in Denmark,” says Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus and he is being supported by Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Culture & Citizen Service in Aarhus: “It is an acknowledgement of Aarhus as a sporting event city and of the Bay of Aarhus as sailing venue.”

Bid partners, the Danish Sailing Association, Sport Event Denmark, Sport Aarhus Events (City of Aarhus) and Sailing Aarhus bring together proven regatta organization skills in a venue offering world-class racing conditions.

The competition venue will be established at a new Aarhus International Sailing Centre in Aarhus Yachting Harbor.  Easily accessible and within walking distance of downtown Aarhus, the area is a favourite destination for residents and tourists alike who enjoy the restaurants and shops as well as clean bathing waters, fishing and fresh air.

Aarhus has welcomed several world class sailing events in recent years including the 2008 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, 2010 505 World Championship, 2011 A-Cat World Championship and the 2013 49er and 49erFX European Championships and will also play host of 49er & 49er FX Junior World Championship 2014, 2015 Open 470 European Championships, European Laser Standart and Laser Radial Championships 2015 and has also just been awarded the 2015 Nacra 17 World Championships.

Denmark was up against strong competitors from Busan (Korea), Gdynia (Poland) and The Hague (Netherlands).

Contact:

Thomas Capitani, CEO, Sailing Aarhus: +45 2019 4290

Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark: +45 4031 4855

Hans Natorp, president, Danish Sailing Association. +45 3144 4015

Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus via media director Niels Buch Johansen. +45 5157 6716

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Aarhus boosted before 2018 Worlds decision

Posted on maj 7, 2014 in News by admin

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  • Shortlisted as new ISAF Training Centre

  • Awarded 2015 Nacra 17 World Championships

  • Aarhus partner A.P.Moller-Maersk confirms strong commitment to sailing as new Volvo Ocean Race sponsor

  • See the Aarhus 2018 bid video here

Aarhus has received a series of welcome boosts ahead of the decision on who will host the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships that is expected on Saturday, May 10, after ISAF’s Mid-Year Meeting in Southampton, England.

“We believe we have a unique proposition for the 2018 Worlds – Aarhus is the right place at the right time for sailing and the city,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “Denmark is a sailing nation and we have the popular and government support, the sponsors and the experience to do this great event justice.”

In the last month, Aarhus has been shortlisted to become the next ISAF Training Centre, awarded the 2015 Nacra 17 World Championships, and watched its home stars shine on the world cup circuit. This is on top of Aarhus already being awarded the 2015 470 and Laser European Championships.

“Becoming the next ISAF Training Centre is one of our dreams, so it is great to be shortlisted,” Thomas Capitani  – CEO of Sailing Aarhus, who will be general manager of the 2018 organising committee, said. “We are also thrilled that the new and exciting Nacra 17s decided to have their Worlds here. With the 470s and Lasers also here in 2015 there is going to be huge excitement and responsibility with so many qualification places for the Rio 2016 Olympics being decided. It is great for the city and we will make sure that like the other classes they’ll want to come back.

“This is all recognition of Aarhus’s long sailing history; our record for delivering great modern regattas on and off the water; and the future, with our fantastic new sailing centre opening in two years. We are building something special in Aarhus and the Worlds would both drive and benefit from the huge development of the harbour.”

As well as guaranteed government support on a local, regional and national level, Aarhus has shown it has a highly-developed commercial partner programme. The Aarhus International Sailing Centre will be completed by mid-2016 and one of the key partners, the A.P. Møller Foundation, owner of the A.P.Moller-Maersk group, who underlined their commitment to sailing when they were announced as a new Volvo Ocean Race sponsor last month.

Denmark’s organisational prowess has been demonstrated in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, the 2011 UCI World Road Cycling Championship and in Aarhus specifically in 2013 with the 49er and 49erFX European Championships and Tall Ships Race, the second time the city has hosted the event, with 500,000 people visiting last year. Aarhus will become the European Capital of Culture in 2017, which would provide a great focus for the World Championships test event in 2017 and allow momentum to build.

Aarhus’s reputation as the city of sailors has been underlined by the continuing success of three of their homegrown stars: Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen, who finished on the podium on the last two rounds of the women’s 49erFX in Mallorca and Hyeres and are ranked second in the world. In the men’s 49er, Jonas Warrer is ranked number one in the world (with his crew Peter Lang).

“Since launching our bid for the 2018 ISAF Worlds, our vision has been complimented by sailors, officials and other sailing friends around the world,” Hans Natorp, the president of the Danish Sailing Association, said. “The heart of our bid is about making household names of the best sailors in the world. Denmark understands that, Aarhus understands that, our results show that we know how to nurture them. I very much look forward to going to ISAF’s Mid-Year meeting in Southampton to meet with the international sailing community and to continue the positive dialogue.”

 

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.

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The Danish bid presentation for the ISAF Sailing World Championship in 2018

Posted on april 28, 2014 in News by admin

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See the Danish bid presentation for the ISAF Sailing World Championship in 2018, right here!

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Presentation of the event venue

Posted on april 23, 2014 in News by admin

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The competition venue will be the Aarhus Yachting Harbour and some of the surrounding facilities at the maritime city quarter “Aarhus Ø” (56°9’58″N, 10°13’18″E).

All onshore facilities such as boat parks, launching facilities, mooring facilities for coach, VIP, press and spectator boats, container and equipment storage, spectator area facilities, athlete facilities, ISAF and Organising Commitee facilities will be located at the Aarhus Yachting Harbour.

All auxiliary facilities such as mooring facilities for race committee boats, rescue boats, gear boats as well as storage and maintenance facilities for race gear, radio communication equipment, fuel handling etc. will be based at the Egaa Marina, approximately 2 nm north of the Aarhus Yachting Marina and less than 1 nm from race course C and E.

The Aarhus Yachting Marina has been the host of numerous sailing events such as the 2008 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the 2011 Melges 24 European Championship, the 2013 49er & 49erFX European Championship, the 2015 470 European Championship as well as the annual Aarhus Sailing Week, a multi-class event for Olympic and non-Olympic classes (ISAF grade 3) run on 5-6 race courses simultaneously.

At the sailing venue all boat parks will surround the “heart of the venue” which will be the Aarhus International Sailing Centre, ready by mid 2016.

The space which will be required for boat parks according to the ISAF guidelines is approximately 25,000m² plus space for containers etc. The area available for boat parks in Aarhus Yachting Marina is approximately 40,000m² plus an additional 50,000m² for free car, trailer and container parking in adjacent areas within walking distance of the heart of the venue.

The master plan is to have three main boat parks  each with its own individual launching and mooring facilities and with the possibility of having storage containers and individual workshop facilities close by. All boat parks and venue sites are in walking distance, but to ease logistics, the boat park to the west (right, below) will be connected with the rest of the competition venue with a permanent connection or a manned ferry, see also #7)

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“Click here to see the venue map”

We acknowledge that the layout for an efficient boat park needed for such a huge event must be studied and planned very carefully. Our plan is to establish an event facility management department as soon as the event has been awarded to Aarhus. This department will include representatives from Sailing Aarhus, the City of Aarhus and the Port of Aarhus and in cooperation with ISAF, class and sailor representatives the facility and logistics manager will carefully study previous solutions at events like the Perth 2011 and the Santander 2014 Worlds and other major ISAF events, and work out the “perfect” venue plan for the 2018 ISAF Worlds.

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“Boat parks and ramps, team containers and workshops”

This plan will of course be subject to approval by ISAF and will eventually be available to be incorporated into future event and bidding guidelines to be used by ISAF or other event management organisations.

The heart of the 2018 ISAF Worlds will be the Aarhus International Sailing Centre.

The Aarhus International Sailing Centre, which will be ready by mid 2016, has a total floor area of 3,400m² and stands as an iconic landmark at the entrance of the competition venue for the 2018 ISAF Worlds. The spectacular architecture of the building will contribute to the beautiful background of the Medal Race Area and help create an attractive platform for the branding and visual identity of 2018 ISAF Worlds.

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“Aarhus International Sailing Centre – spectator promenade facing Medal Race Area”

Overlooking the dinghy park, the Bay of Aarhus and the Medal Race Area, the Aarhus International SailingCentre is situated at the heart of the competition venue within walking distance of all main locations in the Aarhus Yachting Marina.

On the first floor there will be meeting facilities and a 250m² VIP lounge overlooking the Bay of Aarhus and the Medal Race Area. Additionally, the first floor offers a 300m² terrace facing south overlooking the dinghy park and with a view over the City of Aarhus, for social activities, VIP and corporate hospitality events.

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“VIP lounge during the 2010 505 World Championship in Aarhus”

The two large boatsheds amount to a total of 1,800m² and will be equipped with athlete facilities, a catered sailors’ lounge, free high-speed Wi-Fi as well as the “Nations Bar” with daily, social entertainment.

Next to the International Sailing Centre you find the office building, SHIP, in which a press and media centre with facilities for the host broadcaster will be established. The press and media centre will overlook the Bay of Aarhus and the Medal Race Area.

Being situated just next to the International Sailing Centre and the audience, this is the perfect place for the mixed zone where media – as well as fans – can meet the athletes before and after the races.

North of SHIP lies Jette Tjikøbs Square where the main spectator area/fan zone will be located. This area will also include a grandstand with seats for app. 3,000 spectators; a promenade offering great views for the thousands of further spectators; and other spectator facilities.

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Aarhus – Where the stars of sailing will shine

Posted on marts 25, 2014 in News by admin

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Denmark presented its bid for the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships at the ISAF headquarters in Southampton, England, today, with a vision to expand the sport’s horizons and let the stars of sailing shine.

 

One of four bidding for the Championships, Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, outlined a bid that promises to take sailing to the people.

“An ISAF Sailing World Championship is about the sailors,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “We see these great Championships as the perfect opportunity for sailing to grow beyond its boundaries and make our sailing stars household names. ISAF shares that vision with us and I think they appreciated our presentation.

“We’ll create a big bang for sailors, our vision for 2018 is to showcase the world’s star sailors, we’ll let them and the sport shine. Aarhus is ready for it – it’s the right place at the right time.”

The stunning new Aarhus International Sailing Centre, to be completed by mid-2016 as part of a huge harbour development, will add the most modern sailing facilities in the world and ensure the sailors have a home worthy of their talents. With the theatre-style racing in the Bay and its technological expertise Aarhus can deliver the most spectator-friendly World Championships ever.

“Sailing is in the DNA of the Danes, and Denmark is one of the greatest sailing nations in the world,” Jonas Høgh-Christensen, one of Denmark’s sailing stars and silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympics after his epic battle with Ben Ainslie, said. “The fact that we have won more Olympic medals than any other sport in Denmark tells you what an honour we would consider it to host the Worlds.

“The Bay of Aarhus has already proved it is perfect for international championships. It has unique and challenging sailing conditions. Sailors love Aarhus. It’s great place for sailing and a great place to be.”

Lundov and Høgh-Christensen were part of a five-strong delegation including Jacob Bundsgaard, the mayor of Aarhus and former sailor – underlining the fact that Aarhus is a city of sailors; Hans Natorp, the president of the Danish Sailing Association and Thomas Capitani  – CEO of Sailing Aarhus, who will be general manager of the 2018 organising committee.

Having staged such sailing events as the 2008 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the 2010 505 World Championship, the 2011 A-Cat World Championship and the 2013 49er & 49erFX European Championship, Aarhus has proven world-class race conditions and regatta organisation skills.

“We’ll create action by bringing spectators so close to the sailors that they’ll feel the rush of the wind and water,” Capitani said. “Seeing the action creates connection and that’s what we’ll do in Aarhus. We’ll create an experience never seen before with a state-of-the-art arena placed in a modern, young and fun city. Our passion for sailing will leave a legacy for sailing for many years to come.

“We want to share our knowledge as a leading sailing nation and give back to the sport. As hosts, we would be completely committed to the Emerging Nations Programme and we believe that Aarhus could become the next ISAF Regional Training Academy. Aarhus is ready for 2018 and beyond.”

 

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.

 

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Aarhus 2018: The right place at the right time

Posted on marts 6, 2014 in News by admin

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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.”