World sailing

2022 World Sailing Championships organizers are asking Halifax Regional Council for $1.3 million

Sail Nova Scotia is asking the Halifax Regional Council for $1.3 million in upgrades and new construction at Hubbards for an international sailing event in 2022.

Sail Nova Scotia has won the rights to host the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships next August and September in partnership with Hubbards Sailing Club, St. Margaret Sailing Club and Sail Canada.

John Fleming, co-chair of the host organizing committee, said Hubbards will be the focus of the event.

About 60 percent of the money would be used to upgrade and expand a community wharf as well as widen existing boat ramps. Sail Nova Scotia is also looking for a number of new floating docks and improvements to some parking lots.

“It’s a job that needs to be done at some point and the beautiful thing about it is that it will be a legacy for the region as they will all remain, of course, for public enjoyment,” Fleming said.

This will be the first time that the world championships for these disciplines will be held in Canada. About 400 sailors, as well as coaches and their family members, are expected.

Inspiration for junior sailors

Fleming believes the event will inspire junior sailors.

“We want to be a hub, a center of excellence,” Fleming said. “It’s not just the legacy of infrastructure, it’s the legacy of sport.”

The request for the upgrade to Hubbards will be presented to council on Tuesday. The province has already committed $250,000 for the running costs of the event.

The organizers are also considering asking Ottawa for financial assistance.