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National Yacht Club to host the 2014 Shark World Championships
December 22nd, 2013 @ 06:24 PM EST by admin

During the week of August 22-29, 2014 National Yacht Club will host the Shark World Championships. This Championship is the high point of the Shark Class Regatta schedule and has been competed for since 1966. It is scheduled two years running in North America and one in Europe. In addition to entries from Canadian Yacht clubs from Windsor to Montreal and around the Golden Horseshoe, this regatta should attract entries from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary.  It is anticipated that as many as 70 boats will compete in this prestigious event, and it is planned to make this the biggest and best Worlds ever.

How can NYC members contribute to the success of this event?

  • Obviously an event of the magnitude cannot be hosted without the assistance of a substantial pool of volunteers. We are looking for members who are able to volunteer some time to help in the planning and execution of this event
  • In order to accommodate some of our European competitors, as well as the international judges required for this event, we hope to find members who are willing to provide billets.
  • In order to accommodate some of the out of town competitors we hope to find members who are willing make their boats available for crews to sleep on.
  • If you are able to help with any of the above items, please contact sharkregattas@thenyc.com

Following registration and measurement all day on Saturday as well as Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon will see the traditional Shark Worlds Practice race followed by the official opening ceremonies and a reception for competitors. A maximum of 10 races, including 9 course races and a long distance race, are schedule for Monday to Friday, with a maximum of 3 races being schedule for each day. Racing will take place just south of Toronto Islands.

On-shore a busy social schedule is planned with daily post-race “Attitude Adjustment” sessions and prize giving and other fun activities to keep competitors busy. An Awards Banquet is schedule for Friday evening following the completion of racing and haul out of boats.

NYC’s very active Shark Fleet has formed the Organizing committee for this event and is hard at work on the planning process. As a dress rehearsal for this event, NYC hosted the very successful three-day Shark North American Championship in 2013. This event attracted an entry of 39 boats.

The influx of over 200 competitors to the club for will make NYC a very busy spot for the week of the regatta. The event is being organized such that there will be minimal impact on the activities of other members but it will certainly be a fun place to be for the week. For more information on the 2014 Shark Worlds please go to www.sharkworlds2014.com.