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Nova Scotia to host 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Sailing Championships

Nova Scotia to host 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Sailing Championships

by 49er & Nacra 17 Sailing Apr 9, 2021 7:49 AM PDT
August 31 – September 5, 2022

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Nova Scotia will host a field of 400 of the world’s best sailors from more than 35 countries when the World Championships for three Olympic classes, the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17, begin in September 2022. Taking place in Canada for the first time in its history, the competition will take place on St. Margaret’s Bay during the six-day event.

Sail Nova Scotia has won the rights to host the 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, to be held August 31-September 5, 2022, in partnership with Hubbards Sailing Club, St. Margaret Sailing Club and Sail Canada .

Building on Nova Scotia’s longstanding affinity and connection to the sea, the province is gaining a reputation in the sailing world as an accomplished host of national and international sailing events. The event will take place on the waters of St. Margaret’s Bay, which has hosted many national and international sailing events over the years. These waters provide an excellent venue for the championship. The site has clean water and consistent moderate to strong winds in a spectacularly beautiful setting.

More information about the championships is available on the class website at


Eric Hill, President of Sail Nova Scotia

“Nova Scotia has a long history of high performance racing and training. St. Margaret’s Bay is one of the best sailing venues in Canada and is known for having great winds and ideal sailing conditions. This event will raise awareness of Nacra skiffing and sailing across Nova Scotia and also leave a wonderful legacy of improved infrastructure for sailors.”

Iain Rankin, Premier of Nova Scotia

“We appreciate the confidence the 49er Class Association has shown in choosing our province to host and we know our sailing community will deliver an event that far exceeds hosting requirements,” Premier Iain Rankin said. “Events make significant economic and social contributions to communities, which is why we are pleased to invest $250,000 in the organization of this major event.”

Andy Fillmore, MP for Halifax

“Nova Scotians know sailing, and with our famous Atlantic Canadian hospitality, we are the perfect hosts to welcome the world to our legendary shores in September 2022 for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Sailing Championships. We are look forward to ensuring it is an experience that sailors, their families and observers will remember forever.”

Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax

“We are delighted to welcome the best sailors in the world and the 49er Class Association to our great city for this world-class event. Our city, our volunteers and our hospitality industry will be delighted to welcome athletes, coaches and officials from all over the world and help make their Halifax experience unforgettable.

Hugh McGugan, Sail Canada Board Chair

“Canada is very pleased to host the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships for the first time ever in September 2022. These will be the first Olympic class World Sailing Championships to be held in Canada since 2015. Thanks to all the partners who make this possible, including the Government of Canada and the Government of Nova Scotia, as well as Sail Nova Scotia, the Hubbards Sailing Club and the St. Margaret Sailing Club. Following the rich tradition of Canadian Olympians in sailing Coming from Nova Scotia, I’m sure sailing fans in Nova Scotia and across the country will be thrilled to welcome the best sailors in the world while supporting our Canadian athletes, including those aiming to compete at the 2024 Olympics.

Jyrki Jarvi, 49er Class President

“We’re excited to come to Nova Scotia for our 2022 Worlds. It’s a place that has sailing in its history and future, and we can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Nathan Outteridge, Nacra 17 Class President

“Sailing St. Margaret’s Bay is perfect for Olympic style racing, it will be a great test for our fleets.”

John Flemming, Host Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair

“We look forward to showing these competitors the remarkable St. Margaret’s Bay. We know our sailing community will be ready to help create memorable experiences for all involved and we look forward to making this event one of the best yet for participants.”

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