16th to 21st July – Rimini – Italy
The 2023 O’pen SkiffWorld Championships will be taking place next week in Rimini on Italy’s Adriatic coast. This, the most important date on the O’pen Skiff annual calendar, is looking like an exceptional week with a record number of 286 participants from 13 countries.
This very well-subscribed World Championships confirms the vigorous good health of the class, especially in France and Italy where the early-season national events have consistently had over 100 young riders on the start line. Same goes for America, where the National Championships attracted 85 racers for a UN Regatta that featured some specially creative race formats.
There’s also a welcome return of the German fleet with over 20 riders registered, the rising numbers of Hungarian and Polish racers with 8 and 30 entries respectively, plus the clock-steady progression of the very busy Swiss team with 10 racers.
The Australian and New Zealand teams, absent during the entire pandemic problems, are well and truly back ! They’re bringing a team of over a dozen highly-skilled and competition-ready young skippers to the mix. The NZ team are currently enjoying some prep time on the iconic Lake Garda with 5-time America’s Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medallist Russell Coutts, giving them the benefit of his winning wisdom!
On the start line for the Championship racing will be also teams from Brazil, Spain, India, Japan, and United States… The U12s and U17s both have a very solid entry of 60+, but by far the biggest fleet will be the U15s.
To follow the World Championships live and direct, click here for the official event website for all the latest daily results, photos and videos, and the overall rankings.