The St Maarten Yacht Club elected to celebrate the Sail the World Weekend with its annual Family Fun Day and at the same time inaugurate its new dock. This was duly celebrated on Sunday 2 September.
We had a great family fun day with about eight match races followed by, a children's Optimist regatta, a special Optimist event for 16-60-year-olds and a long distance race around the Lagoon.
After that members took part in numerous fun events including team-sailing Optimists and Jacuzzis ( a new design that involves using an Optimist Hull and sinking it partially). In the process spectators were treated to many amusing and unusual sights and boats being turned over a million times. Much fun was had by all.
The day was closed by an awards ceremony in the club house at which all participants in the days events were presented with very special ISAF 'Sail the World ' certificates signed by the President of ISAF and most importantly, ice cream!
See you at the 2008 Heineken Regatta in St.Maarten!!!!
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.