Following the success of the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, Århus is set to host another major sailing event with the A-Cat Worlds coming to the Danish city in 2011.
At the A-Cat annual congress during this year's World Championships in Australia, the City of Århus was appointed as host of the A-Cat Worlds 2011.
The A-Class catamaran, one of the fastest singlehanded one-designs in the world, is an extremely spectacular and advanced boat type. The organiser of the A-Cat Worlds 2011 is Sailing Aarhus, an event organisation established by five sailing clubs of Aarhus, who were also behind the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
held with great success last July.
The bid has been prepared in a close cooperation with Sport Aarhus Events and Sport Event Denmark, backed up by the Danish Sailing Federation, and is part of a long-term strategy to attract more major international sailing events to Aarhus.
"It is an honour for us to be awarded with this World Championship,"
said Thomas CAPITANI NIELSEN, Director of Sailing Aarhus, who added, "It is one of the most prestigious boat classes in the world and our efforts throughout the years to show the international sailing world that the sailing clubs in Aarhus have a strong cooperation, a solid back up in the local community and one of the world's best sailing conditions have now been crowned with success. And we are step closer to our ultimate goal, i.e. to host the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2015, which is the Championships for all Olympic boat classes and a gigantic event."
"Denmark is surrounded by the sea and has a coastline totalling 7,314 km. Nowhere in Denmark are you more than two hours drive away from the sea. Denmark has therefore strong sailing traditions, and we are proud to benefit from the Danish experiences in organizing sailing events. Sailing Aarhus has previously demonstrated innovative and very professional event organization. Sport Event Denmark looks forward to welcoming the world to Denmark in 2011. Sailing will along with the UEFA European Under-21 Championship [football] and UCI Road World Championships [cycling] be some of the major events taking place in Denmark in 2011,"
said Lars LUNDOV, Chief Executive of Sport Event Denmark.