9 – 15 December 2023
World Sailing are pleased to announce the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia as the host of the 2023 World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship, to be conducted from Saturday 9 December to Friday 15 December 2023.
The event will be held on one of the most iconic waterways in the world, Sydney Harbour, onboard the Club’s fleet of Elliott 7m keelboats. Up to twelve invitations will be extended to teams from around the globe. Over five racing days, teams will contest a round robin, followed by a repechage, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Final on Friday 15 December.
This will be the first time an Australian Club will host the World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship, with Sydney joining Helsinki (FIN), Swinoujscie (POL), Noumea (FRA), Los Angeles (USA), Lago di Ledro (ITA), Yekaterinburg (RUS) and Auckland (NZL) as host cities.
Australia and in particularly the CYCA, has a long and proud history at this World Championship, with Australian teams featuring in the Finals on seven occasions, and having successfully won the title five of the nine times it has been contested, with Denmark, Italy and the United States of America as the only other countries to have claimed this world title.
Three of these five Australian World Championship titles have been claimed by CYCA teams in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
The event will also mark a milestone moment for the CYCA as their Youth Sailing Academy celebrates its 30th anniversary season. The Academy, which was established in 1993, is one of the world’s leading youth keel boat programs, with alumni sailors going on to win the America’s Cup, Olympic medals and The Ocean Race amongst many national and world titles.
CYCA to host 2023 World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship | 21 September 2023