Denmark Pushes the Boats Out to Impress the IOC.

There is a definite trend emerging. If you want to promote your country, city or town as somewhere that can organise world-class sporting events and at the same time position your tourism industry as vibrant, fresh, exciting and offering outdoor pursuits, then you need a sailing event. Or, if you are Denmark, why not go for 7 or 8?

During 2009 more than 60 major international sports events are taking place all over Denmark, culminating in the IOC Olympic Session and the Olympic Congress at the beginning of October. The World Taekwondo Championships, the UEFA Congress, the World Wrestling Championships and the LEN Congress are also among the many events taking place in Denmark this summer. The Year of Sport is part of a national effort to realise a vision of the Danish Government: to place Denmark firmly as one of Europe’s leading hosts of major international sports events and congresses.

On the sailing side, Year of Sport 2009 ‘Inviting the World of Sports’ includes

  • The Finn Gold Cup, the annual World Championship for the Olympic heavyweight men’s singlehanded dinghy, where Patron of the event is H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik.
  • The European championship for the Women’s Olympic singlehander, the Laser Radial.
  • The EUROSAF Open European and Women’s European Match Racing Championships.
  • The Danish Open Match Racing as part of the World Match Racing Tour.
  • The 470 World Championship
  • The Contender Class World Championship
  • The International Moth European championship.

Dan Ibsen, Secretary General of the Danish Sailing Association.

“We are very proud to welcome sailors to Denmark, especially this year, because with the International Olympic Committee conference being held in Denmark, this is why we have worked hard to get as many international events to Denmark in order to promote sailing. “We have never had so many world and European championships for the Olympic disciplines in Denmark in one single year. So it is a very exciting year for us and we hope everyone will enjoy the racing and have a good summer in Denmark.”

Dan Ibsen points out the advantages of holding regattas in Denmark.

“We love sailing in Denmark, and Sailing has a very high profile among all sports, especially Olympic Sailing. We are good and efficient organisers, with strong support from Communities and Sport Event Denmark. We have sheltered waters and we haven’t got very much current in most of our waters. There’s also normally sufficient wind and wind of different types, so it makes regattas challenging over a week, because you don’t have the same weather every day.”

The Danish Sailing Association is also working with the support of the insurance company CODAN (part of Sun Alliance Group), to provide TracTrac tracking during the Finn Gold Cup, Laser Radial Europeans, EUROSAF Match Racing Europeans and 470 World Championship. The Danish Sailing Association has gone to the length of purchasing 150 state of the art GPS tracking devices, allowing races to be followed in real time over the internet. Last year the TracTrac tracking of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark was followed by nearly 30,000 viewers from 69 countries all over the world.

The Danish Sailing Association has also contracted the services of Sailing Intelligence, the UK-based media services company to provide expert race reporting at these same four key events this year.