The best way to classify the ISAF World Championships is to say that it is a festival of sailing. 11 regattas going on at the same venue at the same time, 2000 sailors, 6 racecourses, it is a great display of our sport. For the purpose of exposing the sport through media, this is a great idea. Also, for the Star sailors, it is fun to mix with the other sailors; most of whom we never see because our regattas are usually stand-alone events. The “big mix” is more common in Europe at places like SPA Week, Kiel Week and Yeres Week where many classes are racing. Being altogether also give a more Olympic flavor to the regatta.
Further there are some economies of scale. International Juries, Race committees and administrations are pooled for the use of all classes. Cadiz is one of the few venues on the world that could host such a large group. The Marina at Porto Sherry is quite large and there is plenty of room for mooring the keelboats. On the other side of the venue there is a ramp that has to be 500 meters long and all the dinghy