Seven cities have put forward their bids to host the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships this week at the ISAF Secretariat.
The ISAF Sailing World Championships brings together the World Championships of all the events included in the Olympic Sailing Competition.
The next edition of the World Championships is set to take place in Perth, Australia
in December this year and excitement is already building up.
But throughout the week the focal point at ISAF has been on the 2014 edition, with bidding cities presenting their case to host what will be the fourth instalment of the event in 2014 after Perth has taken place.
Presentations by the following cities have been made to an Evaluation Commission appointed by ISAF in their bid to host the event:
The Hague, The Netherlands
Each city had to demonstrate the motivation behind their bid, their vision of hosting the ISAF Worlds, the public opinion on potentially hosting the event and various other criteria.
Of the bidding cities three have hosted the Olympic Sailing Competition:
Kingston - Montreal Olympics 1976
Busan - Seoul Olympics 1988
Qingdao - Beijing Olympics 2008
Four of the cities have also hosted the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships
Gdynia - 2004
Busan - 2005
Kingston - 2007
Aarhus - 2008
All of the host cities have hosted a variety of national and international competitions with Santander recently hosting the J80 World Championships and with The Hague holding the 470 World Championships.
The Commission will report to the Executive Committee at their February 2011 meeting and the host city will be announced on 20 February 2011.
The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship will be the fourth edition of the event. Cadiz (ESP) hosted the inaugural championships in 2003 followed by Cascais (POR) in 2007. And Perth (AUS) host the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December.
For more information about the bidding process or the ISAF Sailing World Championships please contact Alastair Fox
at the ISAF Secretariat.