Nine club members made their yachts available for the day and the club offered two time slots for people to choose from.
A small group chose the morning and after a safety briefing set off under a blue sky and in very light breezes to sail a course starting inside the harbour and then out into Tasman Bay. A dying breeze and the turn of the tide to outgoing meant that some motor sailing had to be included to get the boats and their sailors back to the club ready for the next group.
The afternoon briefing included 28 potential sailors and once introduced to their skippers they were off to try their skills. After leaving the Nelson harbour through 'The Cut' they were into freshening sea breezes which provided some great sailing around a course that offered a variety of points of sail. Returning to the shelter of Nelson harbour through 'The Cut' with tide opposing wind provided some excitement for some. Back at the club some hot food waited and each participant received an ISAF certificate to mark their participation in the event.
Several enjoyed their time and signed on as crew for the new season and there was a steady stream of visitors through the club during the day finding out about what was on offer at TBCC.
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
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.