The 2007 ISAF Team Racing World Championships is officially underway after the Opening Ceremony was held in Gandia, Spain on Monday evening.
The ceremony at the host Real Club Nautico Gandia was attended by Arve SUNDHEIM, ISAF Secretary General; Fernando GÒMEZ; General Sports Director of the Generalitat; José Manuel ORENGO, the Major of Gandia; and the president of the Valencia Sailing Federation, José MARTINEZ.
The ceremony started shortly after 18:00 with a parade of all the teams from eight competing nations. Australia 1 with Murria JONES, opened the parade and was followed by the other two Australian teams. Spain closed the parade, first with the two teams and then with the under 21 team, representing the Comunitat valenciana.
The general sports director of the Generalitat Valenciana Fernándo GÓMEZ, thanked ISAF for thinking of Gandia as the host of such an important competition. He also welcomed everyone and remarked that the Generalitat is strongly supporting sailing.
José MARTÍNEZ , President of the Valencia Sailing Federation, who also made his welcoming address on behalf of the Spanish Federation, remarked that, "The Real Club Nautico will continue to show how important these kind of events are in order to promote sailing."
The director of the organizing committee, Luis PISTONI, thanked "all those who, with their work and effort, have made this challenge possible." He finished by saying that all the necessary efforts will be made to continue to bring these kind of events to the city.
ISAF Secretary General Arve SUNDHEIM finished the speeches, thanking all those involved in the organization and wishing the competitors the best of luck. After his speech the 2007 ISAF Team Racing World Championship was officially opened as the technical director of the championship, Gabriel FERNÁNDEZ, hoisted the flag.
The ceremony ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
Before the ceremony got underway the 17 competing teams (13 in the open competing and four in the under 21 event), umpires and race committee had enjoyed perfect conditions for their practice race. A sea breeze up to 12 knots and bright, sunny skies boded well for the rest of the championships. Principle Race Officer Rafa GONZALEZ and his team offered practice racing over the whole day, giving the competitors a perfect chance to try out the brand new Lenam 420s used for the championships.
Racing in the seventh edition of ISAF Team Racing World Championship begins today at 11:00 local time with the start with first round robin. Up to 70 races are scheduled for today, with the weather forecast to be very good: warm, sunny with the sea breeze building up to midday.
Event Website - www.rcngandia.com/team-racing-world