CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - The City of Corpus Christi is preparing to host the 2018 Youth World Sailing Championship this July.
City Council recently got a rundown of the event and it is expected to have at least a $1 million economic impact.
The event will kick off July 14 at McGee Beach.
Last year, the Youth World Sailing Championship was held in China. In fact, it hasn't been held in the U.S. for more than 20 years. Corpus Christi beat out five other cities in different countries to host it in 2018.
The Corpus Christi Yacht Club outlined for City Council what the tournament means.
"We're going to have approximately 470 youth sailors here, ages 12 through 19," said Mark Foster, a member of the Yacht Club and the field of play manager for the tournament. "There are between 65 and 80 nations that will be attending to Corpus Christi. We're running 101 races over eight days."
Foster said they have organized hundreds of volunteers to run the event and said the city's tourism will reap some real benefits.
"It includes us providing 11,000 meals and 2,056 room nights," Foster said. "Expect to have an economic impact of over $1 million to the city for this event."
Event organizers are expecting 470 sailors, more than 400 volunteers, and plenty support from spectators.
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