Sail Mebourne has been successful in its bid to host the 2008 470 World Championships, topping the list of eight nations who bid for the event in a meeting held alongside the ISAF Annual Conference in Copenhagen.
As well as Australia, Italy, France, New Zealand, Turkey, The Netherlands, India and Argentina submitted bids to host the respected and World Class competition for members of the double-handed Dinghy Event of the Olympic Games.
The 2008 World Championships are likely to attract approximately 150 competitors from up to 40 different nations to compete. The event will not have been conducted in the Southern hemisphere since 1999 when the Combined Worlds were held in Sail Melbourne. Other nations who have recently hosted the event include Croatia, Spain, Italy and Hungary.
Australia's Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE are the reigning men's World Champions in the class, and as a nation, Australia have traditionally performed well in the double-handed dinghy with Gold medals in both the men and women's events of the 2000 Olympic Sailing Competition in Sydney.
The 2004 World Championships will be held as part of the renowned Sail Melbourne International Regatta conducted in January each year. Sail Melbourne features the ISAF Grade 1 Olympic Classes Regatta, the Invited Classes Regatta and a collection of other World, Continental and National Championships.