CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dozens of sailors from all over the world have come to the Corpus Christi Bayfront in hopes of taking home a gold medal in an international sailing regatta.
The opening ceremony for the 2019 Etchells Worlds Championship begins Monday, June 24, so sailors were out on the Bayfront Tuesday to practice before the event. Pre-Worlds racing begins Thursday.
Over 100 competitors from 10 different countries will set out to claim the winning title, and teams consist of three to four people per sailboat.
The Etchells Worlds 2018 Sailing Championship was held in Brisbane, Australia.
Officials are happy to be in Corpus Christi and said there would be about 40 boats participating.
"We've been holding events like this for several years in the Miami circuit, and many guys have come over from the Miami circuit to sail here. Also, we are looking forward to, like I said earlier, a big breeze and choppy water," sailor Bill Goldsberry said.
According to organizer Shannon Bush, the boats are from other countries and are shipped in containers to Houston and driven to Corpus Christi.
For information on the regatta, schedule click here.