The Napier Sailing Club, in Napier, New Zealand celebrated the International Sailing Federation's 100th Birthday with a champagne breakfast and regatta on the morning of Saturday 1 September 2007.
On the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, a hearty barbecue breakfast at 07:30 was enjoyed by over 120 Club members and guests and the ISAF Centenary was toasted. Sausages, bacon & eggs were followed by the briefing for first races to be held to mark the ISAF Sail the World Day.
The sky was a perfect blue, there was snow on the hills to the west of Hawke's Bay and a light 10 knot northerly breeze filled in as fifty boats milled around the Inner Harbour alongside the Clubhouse in preparation for the rally start to the race at 09:55 (New Zealand Standard Time - 12 hours ahead of Universal Time).
Optimist and Starling dinghies raced in the channels alongside the Napier Sailing Club site, while the larger boats, including Lasers, Flying Fifteens, International Fourteens, trailer yachts and sports boats headed out the Scapa Flow to race in Hawke Bay in good viewing distance from the pine tree clad Ahuriri foreshore.
The Napier Sailing Club is one of the eastern-most in the world and this event was almost certainly one of the first events held to celebrate the Centenary of ISAF. Founded in 1891, the Club is also one of the oldest yachting and boating clubs in New Zealand. This has certainly been another memorable event in the Club's long and eventful history.
Thank you again for helping ISAF celebrate 100 years of sailing - let's get out there and Sail the World!
"I am very proud to be President of the International Sailing Federation as we celebrate 100 years. What is evident is that the past one hundred years mark a period of vibrant and exciting growth for sailing. A period when the spirit of solidarity, friendship and passion for sailing has prevailed over borders, religions, genders and cultures. This weekend of 1-2 September, the "Sail the World" celebrations capture the very spirit of sailing. I am delighted at the number of events, clubs and classes all over the world partnering with ISAF as we join together to "Sail the World."'
Formed in 1907, ISAF will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout 2007.
Amongst the highlights of ISAF Centenary celebrations will the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the Sail the World weekend from 1-2 September. ISAF will also be publishing a 100 Years of Sailing commemorative book and launching the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame, which will take place at at a spectacular dinner hosted by the City of Estoril at Estoril Casino on 5 November.
Every ISAF event throughout 2007 will be an integral part of the Centenary celebrations. Whether a local regatta, or a World Championship event, everyone counts. ISAF would like your event to remember what a special year it is, so welcomes everyone to use the specially commissioned Centenary logo.
Find out more on about the calendar of Centennial Celebrations, relive our Highlights from 100 Years of Sailing and keep up to date with the latest news on the Centenary Celebrations at www.sailing.org/centenary.