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19 July 2007, 11:09 am
Centennial Worlds Come To The Clyde
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8 Metre World Championship 2007

2007 is not just the year the ISAF will be celebrating its centenary and from 16-21 July the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club is hosting the prestigious 8 Metre Centennial World Championship sponsored by Chopard. To celebrate its centennial year the 8 Metre Class is returning to the Firth of Clyde which has been so much part of its heritage.
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After five races the British Lafayette leads on 11 points, with the Dutch Hollandia in second and the Swiss Yquem third.

Yachtsmen from all over the world haved travelled to Scotland and the Clyde to take part in the World Championships in July. More than 20 boats are taking part in the week long programme of races and celebrations ashore. As well as the competitors, their families and supporters, these graceful yachts are also attracting many yacht enthusiasts and spectators to the area.

The International 8 Metres, originally built to the Metre Class Rule formulated in 1907, have stood the test of time remarkably well due to the graceful lines and beauty of the class.

Not only are there new yachts being built to the present Metre rule but there is a renewed enthusiasm for yachts being built to old designs and an extensive refurbishment and refitting of many yachts, some over 60 years old.

The RNCYC, dates back to 1824 has been associated with the class since the inception of the Metre Class rule back in 1907. The Club presented the class with the World Cup and more recently the Neptune Trophy for which yachtsmen compete today. Jock FLEMING Commodore of the RNCYC and regatta chairman said, 'We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious international event particularly in its centennial year and look forward to welcoming the competitors, their families and spectators to the Clyde for an exciting week of racing and celebrations.'

The event, organized in association with the International 8 Metre Association is sponsored by Chopard, and supported by Highland 2007,Argyll and Bute Council and Argyll and the Islands Enterprise, Bunnahabhain whisky, Marccain, Kroll, Dundas and Wilson and Coca Cola.

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.

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.

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