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2007 Calendar Of Centennial Celebrations
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Welcome to ISAF's Centenary Year!

2007 marks the Centenary year of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world governing body for the sport of sailing. In celebration of this milestone in ISAF's history, the year will be marked by events around the world, on and off the water that celebrate sailing and 100 years of ISAF.
ISAF President Goran PETERSSON (SWE) commented, 'The ISAF Centenary provides not only a platform to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of ISAF, but offers a unique opportunity to promote the sport around the world.

ISAF is looking forward to working with the MNAs and Classes, and through them involving clubs and event organizers to share the sport and maximize the awareness of the wonderful sport of sailing. ISAF is also receiving a great contribution from sponsors and supporters around the world, to ensure 2007 will be a year with a lasting legacy' .

2007 Highlights

  • ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame
  • 100 Years of Sailing commemorative book
  • Sail the World Weekend
  • 'Sailing the World' Exhibition

2007 Awards

  • ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy
  • ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
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To honour heroes and legends from across all areas of the sailing world, ISAF is launching a virtual Sailing Hall of Fame.

A lasting legacy from ISAF's historic year, the Sailing Hall of Fame will provide not only a dedicated website for the glorious history of sailing, but a platform for the ongoing recognition of sailing's greatest contributors.

100 Years of Sailing Commemorative Book

This commemorative book will be the ultimate record of sailing over the past 100 years.

The content follows the development classes and the one-designs plus small dinghies to offshore racers. It will analyse sailing's leading personalities and show how many of them have contributed to and influenced the evolution of the sport.

Recording the international development of the sport, together with the progressive growth of the sailing, the book covers all aspects of the tremendous era of the IYRU and ISAF.

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Sail the World Weekend

1 and 2 September are dates for your diary!

ISAF will be working with Member National Authorities across the world, to get sailors and newcomers out on the water. ISAF wants to hear your stories and see your pictures and there will be a competition for the MNA that has the most participating clubs on the water.

Every club and every sailor will receive a certificate, whilst each participating MNA will receive a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

For more details and to download your Sail the World Weekend information pack go to

'Sailing the World' - Exhibition

In partnership with the International Olympic Committee, the bank 'La Caixa' and ISAF, a sailing exhibition will be held entitled 'Sailing the World'. The exhibition will open in Valencia, Spain on 2 May running through August 2007, before relocating to the IOC Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland from October to January 2008.

The exhibition traces the evolution of the sport from a mode of transport, and its role in the discovery of the world through to the competitive and recreational sport we know today.

ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy

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ISAF is delighted that the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge (BEL) has accepted the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy for 2007. The Trophy is given to recognize an outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.

ROGGE who has competed in three Olympic Sailing Competitions started sailing at a young age. Together with his Olympic career, he also won the Cadet World Championship and was runner up in the ¾ Ton Cup. In addition, ROGGE served as President for the International Finn Association from 1979 - 81 and was a member of the ISAF Medical Commission from 1990-2000.

ROGGE was presented with the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy by ISAF President Goran PETERSSON (SWE) at a dinner hosted by San Pellegrino in Paris, France on 4 May, where ISAF held its Mid-Year meetings.

Paris is of course an especially significant venue as it is where the International Yacht Racing Union, which became ISAF in 1996, was formed in 1907.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards

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The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will take place during the 2007 ISAF Annual Conference in Estoril, Portugal.

Generously supported by Rolex, the Awards are the highest accolade a sailor can receive in recognition of outstanding sailing achievement throughout the preceding year. What makes receipt of these Awards so desirable is that the sailors who are nominated and win are chosen by other sailors from across the world.

The Awards dinner will be held at one of the City's most unique venues and will be a night to remember, not only for the nominated sailors, but for the guests who will enjoy the superb hospitality of Rolex.

Marking the Centenary in style

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.

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