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13 June 2001, 01:03 pm
Gustav Dahlberg Will Retire in July
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Europe Class President to Retire

Gustav Dahlberg retires after 18 years as class president.
Gustav wrote on the Europe class website:

"This will be the last time I am writing to you as your President. I have decided to retire at our next AGM in Vilamoura in July next Summer. During the next three years period I am going to be 70 years old and I think our young and developping class needs new and younger people with new fresh ideas in the leading positions. It has been a pleasure chairing the Europe Class Union during the last 18 years.

I do not know whether I should have taken over after Jan Edu Kelder in Kiel in 1983 if I would have known how much work it was and for how long time I was committing myself. But it has been fun and I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with you all.

During these past years, I have been lucky to have had many good vicepresidents and other officials working with me. I have been giving them free hands to develop their part of the organisation and I think the result is quite good. I thank you all for the kind support you have given me and the work you have done for the class has been very valuable

The most important thing during these 18 years for the Europe Class is that we are now Olympic for ladies. We have been given the confidence to let our boat be used as olympic equipment during three Olympic Games: Barcelona, Atlanta (Savannah) and Sydney and one in the future: Athens so far, and I hope that the confidence will remain for many games to come. In my opinion, the Europe is by far the best boat for ladies and light male sailors. A great advantage is the possibility to trim your sails and the rig in accordance with your weight and skill and the prevailing weather conditions. I will never forget the final voting at the ISAF AGM in London when the Europe was declared "the equipment" for the Olympic Games in Barcelona after many up and downs in the preliminary votings in the various committees. I thank you all who helped us to make our boat Olympic and who have contributed to keep it Olympic after that. I wish you all good luck in finding out new ways to promote our class, may be having the boat olympic for light male sailors (weight classes) too.

But what is a class without people sailing in the class ? Nothing. I am glad to have been the President in a Class for young people both girls and boys. From these past 18 years I remember many faces, first unknown, young sailors, then more familiar from year to year and now very good friends. I remember sailors, loosing race after race ending up in the last part of the results, coming back the following year and the year after and suddenly as a World or Olympic Champion. This is our sport: Never give up ! and you can as a World Champion. During these years I have never been disappointed in you. I think our Class is the best in the world and the friendship and happinness is really something to take care of. I thank you all for your good sportmanship and for the joy having you all as my good friends.

I wish you all good luck in the future. I hope to meet you soon again at some regattas somewhere in the world. I am not giving up judging."

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