Clearwater to Host Olympic Class Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Worlds in 2016

2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4

Pictured: US Sailing Team Sperry Top Sider 49er class high-performance Olympic racing sailboat, with athletes Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.). Photo: Mick Anderson/US Sailing


October 9, 2014

Portsmouth, R.I. – In an unprecedented move, the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Olympic sailing classes have selected Clearwater, Florida (USA) as the location of concurrent world championship regattas to be held from February 7-14, 2016. Bringing together the world’s best athletes competing in the fastest two-person boats to be used at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Clearwater will showcase high-performance sailing at its best. “The city of Clearwater is an exceptional sailing venue, and an ideal setting for the World Championships,” said Frank Chivas, President of Tampa Bay Charities, the organizing authority. “We could not be more excited to welcome many of the world’s best sailors to Clearwater.”

There are ten sailing events in the Olympic Games, utilizing eight different types of boats. The 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 classes are high-performance, high-tech racing machines, making them particularly exciting for spectators. These will be the first Olympic-class sailing world championships held in the United States since 2010, and will be among the largest. Between the three competing classes, over 400 sailors are expected to compete for world titles in the pristine waters that Clearwater is known for. “US Sailing is thrilled to have events of this magnitude come to Clearwater,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. “Along with the annual ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, the 2016 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships will be yet another example of why Florida is a preferred Winter destination for Olympic sailors from around the world.”

Coming just six months before The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships will feature Rio-bound sailors in the final stages of preparation for The Games. Spectators will be able to watch the event from the spectacular Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, as the racecourses will be set up close to shore. In addition, the format of racing will be consistent with what will be used in Rio 2016.


Pictured: Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. Photo: Colin Miller

Competing boats will be stored and launched from the Clearwater Community Sailing Center and North Beach. CCSC currently serves as a training center for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, the US national sailing team, and features ideal launching facilities. Clearwater Yacht Club, home club of US Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (Finn class) and Laser Radial Class World Champion Paige Railey, will provide space for race management operations and social events.

Logistics for athletes and teams coming to compete in Clearwater will be simplified due to the close proximity of Tampa International Airport and container shipping facilities in Port Tampa and Port Everglades. Trucking services are also available between Clearwater and Miami for athletes competing at the 2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (January 23-31, 2016), which will occur in advance of the Worlds and provide sailors with the ideal lead-in event.

In early 2015, Clearwater will also host the  Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX North American Championships, which will provide sailors with an opportunity to compete at the 2016 World Championship venue. For more information, or to enter the event, contact Leandro Spina (, Nacra 17) or Ben Remocker (, 49er and 49erFX).

Tourist and hotel information for Clearwater is available at

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Pictured: Nacra 17 Class racing at the 2014 World Championships. Photo: Mick Anderson/US Sailing

US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami

Pictured: 49erFX class racing, 2014. Photo: Jen Edney/US Sailing

About the US Sailing

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit

About Clearwater Community Sailing Center

Founded in 2002, Clearwater Community Sailing Association (CCSA) was formed as a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization and does business as the Clearwater Community Sailing Center (CCSC). The non-profit was organized to relieve some of the financial burden from the city and provide credible sailing instruction to the local area. CCSC’s programs and outreach are funded through membership dues, class fees, storage, donations, and fundraisers. With more than 60 boats, CCSC is able to provide educational and recreational sailing, windsurfing and paddling programs to everyone regardless of age, ability or financial concerns. Members have no-charge access to the fleet after successfully demonstrating basic sailing skills.

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Press contact: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager, US Sailing., +1 978 697 2384