World sailing

Corpus Christi will host the National and World Sailing Championships

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to indicate that Corpus Christi Yacht Club is set to host the 2021 J/22 World Championship, 2023 J/24 World Championship, and 2021 Finland USA Nationals.

Corpus Christi will host a sailing world championship and a national championship along its bay.

The Corpus Christi Yacht Club is set to host the 2021 J/22 World Championship from July 17-23 as well as the 2023 J/24 World Championship. The city last hosted this international competition in 2002.

And for the first time in 25 years, the 2021 Finland USA Nationals will be held along Corpus Christi’s Bayfront.

The national sailing competition will start on Thursday and will last all weekend. The regatta, a series of boat races, will be organized by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club.

Corpus Christi’s wind and bay have helped draw competitions to the city, said marina manager Jonathan Atwood, who began running the facility in December.

“We have consistent winds, great weather this time of year,” he said. “We’re recognized as a place where people want to come and run, enjoy the weather, enjoy the city.”

Corpus Christi marina.

This week’s regatta will feature adult competitors from across the country competing in eight races throughout the weekend.

The Finn is a single-handed sailboat that debuted at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. The Finn has been featured at every Summer Olympics and is one of the most prolific sailors in Olympic history.

The city is also spending about $20 million on renovations to the Corpus Christi Marina. Floating docks A, B, C, D and L are replaced and the silt surrounding the docks is dredged.

The renovations will advance the navigation facility towards its goal of becoming a world-class marina. And it will attract even more competition once it’s over, Atwood said.

City Council is being asked to spend $14 million to redo the municipal marina docks, as seen on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The docks were installed in the 1990s with a lifespan of 25 years.

The marina has lost customers and revenue due to wooden docks built in the 1990s that have outlived their usefulness.

Located in downtown Corpus Christi, the marina is built around two “T Heads” and one “L Head” and is home to local shrimp boats, private yachts, public tourist boats and several waterfront restaurants. ‘water.

Piers A, B, C and D are located on a T Head in the center of the marina. Dock L is connected to Head L. The marina has 629 landing stages. About a third of them will be replaced by the new quays.

The new concrete docks will have a lifespan of 40 to 50 years, updated plumbing and appropriate electrical wiring to accommodate modern boats.

City officials hope the majority of the work will be completed by the end of summer 2022.

Jonathan Atwood is the new director of the Corpus Christi Marina

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The public is invited to watch the 2021 Finland US National Championships as competitors race along the city bay.

Practice races begin Thursday at 3 p.m. Competitive races will start at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The races will last about three hours a day. An awards ceremony will be held Sunday at 5 p.m.

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