Denmark has announced plans to launch a bid to host the ISAF Sailing World Championships in 2018, focusing on Aarhus, the second-largest city in the country and its main port.
On the eve of the mid-year meeting of ISAF, sailing's governing body, which takes place in Copenhagen from May 9 to 12, sports' officials in Denmark have put forward its credentials to host the world championships.
Lars Lundov, chief executive of Sport Event Denmark, said: "In the light of the many sailing event activities in Denmark, it is only natural to go for the sailing event of them all - the ISAF Sailing World Championship. We look forward to examining the specifics of the bid condition for 2018."
Thomas Capitani, the executive director of Sailing Aarhus, an event organisation established by the city’s sailing clubs, added: "We have been preparing for the last three or four years - actually we’ve been preparing for this event since 1999, when we made the first (world championships) bid.
"We’ve never been more ready to host the biggest Olympic class sailing event in the world. We have been improving our skills on all different levels. Our race committee is more international and skilled because we have hosted multiple international events every year for the last ten years. The technical side of it should be no problem."
Aarhus will host this year's 49er FX, European Championships from June 29 to July 7, as well as the 29er World Championships from July 26 to August 2.
The next ISAF Sailing World Championships, in 2014, will be staged in Santander, Spain. The 2011 edition was held in Perth, Australia.