CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — After weeks of practice for sailors at the Corpus Christi Bayfront the day is finally here -- 2019 Etchells Worlds Championship.
The Opening Ceremony for the Worlds Championship was held Monday at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club.
According to yacht club officials, the Etchells Worlds Championship is a big deal for the city. Corpus Christi is a world class sailing destination because of our wind and downtown marina.
Mayor Joe McComb and other city officials were in attendance to help kick off the 2019 Etchells Worlds Championship.
Over 100 competitors from ten different countries will set out to claim the winning title, and teams consist of three to four people per sailboat. 37 boats are registered in the world regatta championship.
Some of the teams have been in Corpus Christi for three weeks practicing.
Yacht club officials said the boats that the competitors will be racing are 33 feet long and weigh 33,000 pounds.
The boats are from other countries and are shipped in containers to Houston and driven to Corpus Christi.
In 2018 Corpus Christi hosted the Youth World Sailing Championships with over 500 sailors from across the world.
"Corpus Christi is now on the map for world sailors looking at a venue to come that has wind, that's right on the bayfront, that you can but your boat in the water and then five minutes be out sailing," 2019 commodore Alex Harris said.
Sailors had one more practice race Monday with the championship racing beginning Tuesday morning and continue until Saturday.
There is a professional race official who does check on the water's conditions every 30 minutes to an hour which can put out a postponement flag if the conditions are safe.