The world championship in the Optimist sailing class is scheduled to take place in Portorož in 2025. During the annual assembly of the International Association for this class (IODA) on Costa Brava, delegates from 54 countries voted, and the Pirat Sailing Club Portorož received the most votes for organizing the world championship in the Optimist class.

The event is currently underway on Costa Brava, with young Slovenian sailors promised excellent rankings. At the annual assembly of the international association for this class (IODA), the Pirat Sailing Club (JK Pirat) was chosen. Portorož has previously hosted championships of the old continent in 1997, 2003, and 2020, and it will host the world championship in the mentioned class for the first time.

"I am thrilled and overjoyed that we managed to bring such an important sailing event to Slovenia. It was not easy, as we faced an extremely strong opponent - Poland. However, we managed to convince the delegates with the presentation of the destination, extensive experience in organizing important regattas, and the excellent infrastructure available for everyone," said Mitja Margon, president of JK Pirat. He added that the support the club enjoys in the international environment is the result of many years of work by numerous volunteers, which is both the soul and the engine behind Pirat's successes and successful performances in high-profile international regattas.

The candidacy for organizing the world championship in Portorož received support from the Sailing Federation of Slovenia, the Portorož Tourist Board, the Municipality of Piran, Sava Hotels & Resorts, Lifeclass Hotels & Spa, and many other partners with whom the club collaborated in organizing the regatta.

The World Championships usually attract around 300 sailors from more than 60 countries and will take place between June 26 and July 6, 2025.