WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN?
The 2021 ILCA Standard Men’s World Championship (ILCA 7) will be held in Barcelona, Spain at the Barcelona International Sailing Center.
The event will run from the 3-10 November 2021.
The British Sailing Team have a strong ILCA 7 squad and have the last three European champions competing. Micky Beckett is racing fresh from his Euros win in Bulgaria in October and is joined by teammate and 2019 Euros winner Lorenzo Chiavarini. Team GB’s Tokyo 2020 sailor and 2020 European champion, Elliot Hanson, is also making his return to action following the Games. BST members Sam Whaley and Dan Whiteley are among five other Brits joining the start line.
WHAT’S THE LOWDOWN?
The ILCA 7 fleet always boasts a stellar line up from across the globe. The Brits will be looking to build on their phenomenal recent European Championships success and translate that on to the world stage coming up against a host of world and Olympic champions like Cypriot Pavlos Kontides and Germany’s Philip Buhl. The class has the strength and depth to put together a very strong start list for this event, and with mandatory chartered boats, the racing will be just as strong.
WHAT THEY SAY
“I enjoyed a few days off after the Euros, the recovery time was really nice. This is the first World championships since Covid, so it’s an exciting opportunity that I’ve been thinking about for a while. The ILCA Worlds are a ‘mandatory charter’ event so every competitor is provided a brand-new boat for the week, making it the most level playing field you could imagine, the racing is really tough and unforgiving. Given the event is so late in the year and on the Mediterranean I think we’re expecting lighter breezes, so the job for me is to try and get to the half-way point of the regatta in good shape and push from there.” – Micky Beckett.
“I’m excited to get back racing in Barcelona. I’ve only done one day in the boat since the Olympics a little under three months ago, so I have no expectations going in. For me it’s about hatching a plan from the ashes of my Tokyo campaign to try and win the Worlds next May. The fire inside is starting to burn again which is important before getting back in the boat, unfortunately I suspect my legs will be burning more.” – Elliot Hanson
HOW TO FOLLOW
The BST’s social channels will keep you up to date as always, but you can find a lot of the event information on the ILCA Standard Worlds website – http://2021-standard-men.laser-worlds.com/
You can find the full results here.