NOR released and entries open for 2016 Hansa Class World Championships

The 2016 Hansa Class World & International Championships will be held at the International Sailing Centre in Medemblik, the Netherlands, from June 3-9.  The Dutch Championships will also be incorporated within the event.

The Notice of Race has now been published and online entry is open on the event website

The Championships follow closely after the Delta Lloyd regatta next year, which will provide back to back world class competition for the SKUD 18 sailors – especially those preparing for Rio 2016.

The event will include the following competitions:

  • Hansa 2.3 World Championship (single person)
  • Hansa 303 World Championship (two person)
  • Hansa 303 International Championship (single person)
  • Liberty World Championship (single person)
  • SKUD 18 International Championship (two person)

Organising Authority Royal Yacht Club Hollandia have conducted many events at the International Sailing Centre in Medemblik, so race and event management are sure to be of a truly world class standard.

The Ijsselmeer makes Medemblik the capital of sailing in the Netherlands.  A huge inland fresh water lake of approximately 2500 km2 with no current and a depth of 4m.  It is a superb wide open water to sail on, without obstacles and with steady winds.  The racing area for the Hansa Class Worlds 2016 will be within a 10 -15 minutes sail.

The 2016 Worlds will provide a full week of great sailing on a venue well known by sailors all over the world.  In the organiser’s vision, sailors will bring their family and friends to combine their passion of sailing with a visit to the cultural and recreational venues of the Netherlands, Amsterdam and the beautiful city of Medemblik.

The historic Dutch town, with its characteristic old buildings and relaxed character, is an ideal host for sailing events.  It is only a 30 minute drive to Amsterdam and the Schiphol International Airport.  There is a variety of accommodation types near to the event venue – camping, bungalow parks, comfortable houses and the luxurious Hotel Medemblik.

Charter boats will be made available for entries from outside the continent.  Within Europe and the UK, sailors are encouraged to bring their own boats. Charter details, charter request and accommodation details are on the event website.

The IHCA’s new President Russell Phillips is looking forward to the 2016 Worlds.

“The 2016 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships will bring together and showcase the best sailors from around the world in the four inclusive Hansa Classes – the Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303, Liberty and SKUD18”, he said.

“The Regatta Centre in Medemblik has excellent facilities and our event will be held shortly after the Delta Lloyd regatta, which includes the Para World Sailing Championships for our SKUD18 sailors, along with the other Paralympic classes.”

“Interest in our Combined Championships is strong from sailors around the world, including Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and a large international presence is expected to compliment the European sailors. The Hansa Class Association continues to grow and the 2016 Combined World & International Championships will be the pinnacle of our worldwide calendar of events.”

“I look forward to seeing you out on the water in June 2016 in Medemblik, Netherlands”, said Mr Phillips.

More information is available from the event website –

Notice of Race