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24 September 2007, 04:28 pm
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
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Sail the World Weekend
Auckland, New Zealand

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme team celebrate ISAF Sail the World Weekend.
The Youth Training Programme have had their briefing for the day's racing, before heading out onto the Auckland Harbour for their mini 'Sail the World' match racing regatta! The RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme consists of 34 young sailors all under 20 years of age. The RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme was established in 1987 and this year is celebrating it's 20th year.

The programme operates an eleven month season each year, during which the programme completes 3 sections of keelboat training, beginning with drills training, then fleet racing, followed by match racing.

The programme owns and operates ten Elliott 6m light displacement keelboats which are sailed with teams of three (helm, main & bow) and for the women's team's with 4 crew (helm, main, trim, bow).

This is their first weekend of match racing!

At the end of today's mini-match racing regatta all youths will be presented with an ISAF Sail the World Certificate!

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."' Göran PETERSSON

ISAF Centenary

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

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