The X-35 class has chosen to run the 2011 World Championship on the Bay of Aarhus in Denmark.
This will be the first time the X-35 class has scheduled a World Championship in Denmark. Organiser is Sailing Aarhus, who also hosted the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship.
Sailing Aarhus is a non-profit organization, formed by the five major sailing clubs in Aarhus, and the X-35 class president, Torsten Bastiansen (GER) is very pleased with the choice of organisers and venue: "Aarhus was chosen, because Sailing Aarhus has proven what it takes to run international events of ISAF status" says Torsten, and continues: "We were impressed by the work they did last year when hosting the ISAF Youth World Championship. Furthermore, Aarhus' central location in Northern Europe is perfect and easy to reach for teams from the whole region".
Jacob Bundsgaard, Alderman of Culture and Sports in Aarhus, is thrilled: "It's fantastic to see that the waters around Aarhus continue to attract international sailing events" says Bundsgaard. "This is partly due to the fact that we have some of the best racing waters in the world and that the City of Aarhus together with Sailing Aarhus has a targeted strategy of attracting sailing events".
"The X-35 class is one of the latest ISAF recognized keelboat classes. It received its ISAF status in 2006 and is growing rapidly" says Sailing Aarhus Director Thomas Capitani and continues: "The event fits well into our strategy of attracting international sailing events to Aarhus and we believe that hosting a world championship together with the X-35 class in Denmark will strength the keel boat class sailing in the region. We are looking forward to hosting the X-35 World Championship in Denmark for the first time ever".
The ISAF-recognized X-35 class is a 35' keelboat produced by X-Yachts in Denmark. It received its ISAF status in 2006 and two years later, in 2008, a staggering number of 54 entries competed at the World Championship in Italy. Boats arrived by sea or truck from across Italy as well as from France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, The Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Estonia and Russia. Almost 25% of all X-35s built were present for the second World Championship - an indication that this is an extremely active one-design class in rapid growth.
The 2011 World Championship are scheduled at the beginning of September and the race village are being set at the Marselisborg Marina, the same venue as for the World Match Racing Tour 2009 Danish Open.
In 2010 the X-35 World Championship is being held in Scarlino, which is in Tuscany, Italy.