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Join us at the Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018


1,500 sailors and 400,000 visitors will be joining us at Aarhus, Denmark from 30 July to 12 August 2018 for the Hempel Sailing World Championships. The first big qualifying event for Tokyo 2020, this is where the Olympic dream begins for many of the greatest stars in sailing.

The biggest sailing event of the year

A week of fun, action and high-class sailing will attract spectators from all over the world, with a record 100 participating nations expected. Held every four years, the Sailing World Championships are the largest event in the sailing calendar to include all 10 Olympic boat classes. And, as something completely new this year, kitesurfing has been added to the World Championship programme.


The beautiful seaside town of Aarhus will be buzzing and the festival area in the harbor will be full of fun and excitement. Visitors will be able to feel the sailing rush across the waves – so spread the enthusiasm both at sea and on land, and support your team in their timeless battle against the wind, the waves and other competitors.

Proud to support the world of sailing

Hempel is the title sponsor of the Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018. As a renowned supplier of specialist coatings for marine vessels, including racing yachts, we’re proud to be supporting an event where the world’s best sailors meet and compete.


The 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships are organised by World Sailing, the Danish Sailing Association, Sailing Aarhus, Sport Event Denmark and the City of Aarhus. The parties share a joint ambition that the event will be the biggest World Championships ever for Olympic boat classes.