Santander Named Host City of 2014 Sailing World Champs.

February 21, 2011

The bid to host the 2014 Sailing World Championships has been won by the Spanish city of Santander, medstore the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced on Sunday.

In being named as the host of the international flagship sailing event, Santander edged out rival bids from Argentina, Canada, China, Denmark, Korea, the Netherlands and Poland, with the event set to attract around 1,400 competitors from 95 countries, running from September 1-15.

In an interview with ABC, Gerardo Pombo, the president of the Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV), stated: “We are very happy because it was a very difficult contest. All of the candidates were strong. The ISAF especially liked the Polish and Danish bids, with both countries having staged numerous championships, but the Spanish bid was ultimately rated as the best one.”

Pombo added: “We believe we have done a great job in explaining the project and the World Championships will be a success thanks to the contributions of all stakeholders.”