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J/80 Worlds to come to the UK

Sports boat sailors to enjoy Dartmouth next year

Thursday August 4th 2011, Author: Becci Eplett, Location: United Kingdom

The 2012 J/80 World Championship is to be held in Dartmouth, UK. The event will commence on Saturday 9 June 2012 and will close on the evening of Friday 15 June.

In an unprecedented move, the Britannia Yacht Club has agreed to act as the Senior Hosting Club for the championship, working alongside the Royal Dart Yacht Club and the J/80 UK Class Association. The 2012 J/80 World Championship Opening Ceremony will be hosted by the historic Britannia Royal Naval College, as will the Prizegiving Dinner at the close of the regatta.

Seventy or more J/80 teams will arrive in the beautiful south Devonshire town to compete at the regatta. Entries are expected from the UK, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Russia and the USA, ensuring a truly international, top-level sporting event. This small armada will comprise approximately 350 competitors and a total of around 500 visitors to the port. The sailing area for the championship will be in Start Bay, just outside the harbour entrance and so easily visible from the nearby beaches and cliff tops for the enjoyment of spectators.

The UK J/80 fleet recently benefitted from stunning sailing conditions in Dartmouth for their 2011 National Championship which took place in June, run by the same team from the Royal Dart Yacht Club which will be helping to deliver the Worlds next year. Start Bay offers everything competitors would expect and wish for: open water, big waves and tactically challenging tidal conditions. The prevailing conditions themselves will no doubt prove a real draw for the athletes in the J/80 fleet, but this coupled with the proven warmth and hospitality of the town of Dartmouth alongside the amazing opportunity to experience first-hand the magnificent grandeur and history of Britannia Royal Naval College will ensure that this is a J/80 World Championship quite unlike any other sailing regatta.

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