Sailing Aarhus is a non-profit sport event organization founded by the five yacht clubs in Aarhus: Kaløvig Yacht Club, Egå Yacht Club, Aarhus Yacht Club, Yacht Club Bugten and Marselisborg Yacht Club. The newest member of Sailing Aarhus is Aarhus Windsurfing Club. The purpose of Sailing Aarhus is to encourage and make yachting known by attracting and hosting larger sailing races, events and associated social activities.
Sailing Aarhus was founded in 1999 by initiative of the five yacht clubs, the City of Aarhus (Sport Aarhus Events) and the Danish Sailing Association. The member clubs of Sailing Aarhus represent close to 3.000 yacht club members in the Aarhus area, which is really unique. The clubs possess valuable experience with hosting both smaller and bigger sailing events either alone or together with the other member clubs.
Over time Sailing Aarhus has staged numerous of international sailing races in Aarhus and participated in several bidding campaigns. Some were lost but other won. The strong collaboration between the clubs paid off and in 2008 Aarhus became the host of one of the most important youth sailing events: 2008 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. Since then Sailing Aarhus has been hosting several events such as 505 World Championship 2010, A-cat World Championship 2011, Soling Open European Championship 2012, 29’er World Championship 2013, 49’er & 49’er FX European Championship 2013, & 49er & 49er FX Youth World Championship 2014 just to mention a few. In 2018 Aarhus will be the proud host of ISAF 2018 World Championships.