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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Kingston, Ontario to host two World Sailing Championships

The Kingston Canadian Olympic Training Regatta (CORK) will host two World Sailing Championships this summer. The ILCA Laser Youth Worlds will be held from July 24-31 at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, followed by the ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds from August 16-23.  CORK will welcome more than 500 athletes (boys and girls aged 12 to 19) and coaches from 42 countries.

Marianne Davis, Managing Director of CORK, notes: “2019 marks a symbolic year for CORK as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. The CORK Sailing Events have welcomed the world to Kingston since 1969, including the 1976 Olympic Games and more than 40 World Championships. This summer’s world championships will feature the world’s best youth athletes.

Kingston has already hosted several World Championships for the Laser class, most recently three worlds in 2015.

“The International Laser Class Association is excited to return to Kingston in 2019,” says Randolph Bertin of the International Laser Class Association. “With two major world junior championships, you’ll see the future of sailing. Kingston is a welcoming city and we look forward to a friendly reception for sailors who will come from all over the world to crown new champions.

Megan Knott, Executive Director of Tourism Kingston, comments on CORK’s significant economic impact.  “CORK has been a major contributor to sport tourism in Kingston over the past 50 years, and what a way to celebrate by hosting two world championships. This summer, we estimate that these events will provide $4.5 million in total economic benefits to Kingston and $6 million to Ontario.”

It is estimated that CORK has earned more than $100 million to the City of Kingston over its lifetime. To see the full list of regattas this summer, please visit


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