The Melges 24 World Championship 2017 will be held on July 28th through August 4th, will be hosted by the Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK) and organized in co-operation with the International Melges 24 Class Association and Finnish Melges 24 Class Association.

How the venue was decided? At the Annual General Meeting of the International Melges 24 Class Association in Milan, Italy, on December 6th 2014:

Proposals were presented by Andrea Rachelli on behalf of the Melges 24 Italian Class and by Tomi Hakola for Helsinki, Finland. Both proposals were great and the meeting thanked for the presentations.
Italy proposes for the event several locations – Talamone Toscana , Porto Rotondo Sardinia, San Remo , Garda, Trapani. The dates for the event have not been set yet, but the best time to consider would be September as the last event of the season.
Finland – losing the bid for Worlds 2015 to Denmark, was presenting the same proposal as last AGM. Proposed dates for the event are in late July and early August. The hosting club would be HSK – Helsingfors Segelklubb.
Jens Wathne was calling a vote, seconded by Michael Schineis and it was voted in favour of Helsinki, Finland by a majority (47 vs 15) to be held in early August 2017.