Perth on the horizon for the 2016 World University Championship Sailing

The 8th World University Championship Sailing will see the world’s best student-athlete sailors representing nine nations take to Perth’s iconic Swan River to compete for the title of World University Champion. 

Held from 25-30 September in Perth and for the first time in Australia, the 2016 World University Championship Sailing will see student-athletes from Australia, China, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Japan, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland go bow to bow on Perth’s iconic Swan River. 

Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said student experience can be greatly enhanced through participation in sporting activities while studying.

“Events such as the World University Championship Sailing provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual career education and sport pathway, in turn contributing to better retention and completion rates for today’s student-athletes enrolled in tertiary education,” Mr Knapp said.

Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, Professor Paul Johnson said the University and wider community were looking forward to welcoming student-athletes to the University’s doorstep on the Swan River. 

“The World University Championship Sailing provides student-athletes with an incredible opportunity to compete against some of the highest calibre athletes from around the world, connect with like-minded students and represent their country” said Professor Johnson. 

“This year’s event marks the Championship’s debut in Australia and we are proud to welcome sailors and their teams to our beautiful campus and residential colleges which are only a stone’s throw away from Perth’s much-loved Swan River. On behalf of UWA, I wish every sailor a fair wind and following sea.”

Hosted previously in Italy, France, Greece, Poland, Spain and Turkey, the World University Championship Sailing is the most prestigious student sailing event in the world. 

The Championship structure will consist of open crews racing in teams of five on Foundation 36 yachts and women’s teams of four or five to sail eight metre Bakewell-Whites around the Matilda Bay course. 

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