The 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships was held in Corpus Christi, Texas, it marked the first World Sailing event to include an environmental focus at the World Championship level and adopted the theme of sustainability and ocean conservation. 11th Hour Racing joined as the Official Sustainability Partner, supporting the initiatives that will become a sustainability benchmark for all future World Sailing Championships, for future Corpus Christi citywide events, and the Texas Youth Sailing Regatta circuit.
The Youth Sailing World Championships was first held in Angelholm, Sweden in 1971 where 16 nations competed for the inaugural titles in the two-person dinghies, 420 and Flipper. The 38th edition, held from the 14th to the 21st of July 2018, brought together the worlds’ best young sailors, aged up to 19-years-old, on the Olympic pathway. Corpus Christi welcomed 400 sailors from 65 nations – to date, 105 different nations have competed in the Youth Worlds, with the most recent newcomer being Mozambique at the 2013 edition.
Setting a high standard for sustainability moving forward, the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships set out to not minimize their impact, but provide education on sustainability and ocean conservation to competitors and beyond. Highlights include:
To ensure these goals were met, competitors, team leaders, coaches, volunteers and all stakeholders were asked to follow guidelines that include, but are not limited to:
With the support of Corpus Christi Yacht Club, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Art Center of Corpus Christi, the event included a series of sustainability initiatives:
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