2018 Melges24 World Championship to take place at the Victoria International Marina

March 24, 2017

Victoria, BC – The Victoria International Marina, in partnership with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, will be the marina from which the June 2018 Melges24 Worlds Regatta will take place.

The annual Melges24 is one of the most prestigious regattas in the world, reaching an international audience and attracting sailing talent from around the world. The economic impact is estimated at $1,000,000 and it is expected that the race will attract 60 to 80 entrants and their families who will visit Victoria throughout the race scheduled for June 3 to 8 2018.

“We’re excited to be the host marina for the Melges24 race in 2018, which would not have been possible without the support of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and their leadership team,” says Craig Norris, CEO of Community Marine Concepts. “As the diamond sponsor, we are committed to supporting and sharing the Pacific West Coast lifestyle with boat enthusiasts around the world.”

Melges24 is returning to Victoria in partnership with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club; it was last held in the city in 2014. Today, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club is home to the largest fleet of Melges24 racing sailboats in Canada and has an active membership of more than 1,000 local yachtsmen and sailors.

“The Royal Victoria Yacht Club, along with the Melges24 organizing committee, is excited to be hosting one of the most prestigious regattas ever raced in Canada.” Duncan Stamper, Co-Chair, Melges24 Organizing Committee.

The Victoria International Marina will open their 28-slip facility this summer, with space for yachts between 65 and 175 feet. Seven of the 28-slips are being reserved for daily moorage (with a three-day minimum). Seven slips will be available for lease monthly (with a three-month minimum) and another seven available for annual lease. The final seven are being reserved for long-term tenants, with a long-term licenses. Additional on-site amenities will include state-of-the-art security and technology, including Wi-Fi and 24/7 concierge services, to ensure marina visitors explore all that is available within British Columbia’s capital city and around the region.

Victoria has been a thriving boating destination since it was founded in 1862, when it became a hub for trade in the west and for sailors. The history and tradition of sailboat racing in Victoria began with the city’s celebration for Queen Victoria’s 24th birthday in 1888 when the first organized yacht race took place, after which the Royal Victoria Yacht club was founded in 1892.

For more information, visit www.vimarina.ca.

About Community Marine Concepts Ltd.

Founded in 2015, Community Marine Concepts Ltd. (CMC) focuses on developing, acquiring, managing, and servicing coastal properties that showcase the remarkable Pacific marine lifestyle. CMC’s network of marine properties set new standards for service and quality in nautical hospitality in British Columbia, drawing attention from the yachting community worldwide. The company’s flagship property, the Victoria International Marina (VIM), is a state-of-the-art marina located in the middle harbour of Victoria and can host 28 yachts (65′ to 175’). All CMC destinations will be known for creating outstanding and extraordinary experiences with authentic West Coast friendly hospitality. For more information, visit www.vimarina.ca.


Media contact:
Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888-8729 (cell) or brian@tartangroup.ca