The Moldovian Yachting Federation joined ISAF in celebrating 100 years of sailing on 1 and 2 September. Racing took place on Lake Gidhigici near Kishinev, the capital of Moldova.
More than 100 participants from the cities of Kishinev, Vatra, Tiraspol and St.-Petersburg took part in a variety of classes including the Optimist, Cadet, Laser, Laser II, Windsurfing, yachts of independent construction (Micro, 7-m and trimarans).
On September 2 at a wind up to 8-10 knots the Open Cup of the municipal of Kishinev took place and after five races the winners and prize-winners were determined. All participants received ISAF Sail the World Certificates.
Lots of media were invited to the weekend and PRO TV of Kishinev produced a report with interviews for Central TV in Moldova.
The sailing week-end spent in Moldova was a significant event in the maintenance and development of traditions of sailing.
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.