Corpus Christi is no stranger to hosting international sailing championships. This week the J/24 World Championship brings 38 boats representing Argentina, Chile, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and the United States to compete for the championship title. Hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, the regatta includes more than 200 sailors worldwide.
Having yet another world championship in Corpus Christi means positive benefits for our local community, aside from seeing tons of cool boats on the water.
Commodore of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, Josh Richline says, “The championship puts a spotlight on the natural resource in front of us. Not only on a national or international level, showing how great of a place this is to sail, but also on a local level, showing people who live here that there is this really fun way to get out on the water and enjoy where they live.”
“Of course, it brings in tourist revenue, hotel stays, as a by-product, but it’s really about showcasing Corpus to the world…in a super positive light. Corpus needs that positive news coverage, not so much for people who don’t live here but for those that do, it’s an affirmation that it isn’t so bad here,” he continues.
Sailors and local onlookers can enjoy the races on Corpus Christi Bay through the weekend. The Lawrence and Peoples T-head offer the best views from land for those wishing to catch a glimpse. Tune in to the event from the live broadcast on the Corpus Christi Yacht Club’s Facebook and Instagram @ccyachtclub.
To learn more about the Learn to Sail Program and other youth sailing opportunities in Corpus Christi, go to ccyc.com or call 361-883-6518.