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1 January 2007, 10:18 am
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 MNA's and Classes, and through them involving clubs and event organizers to share the sport and maximise 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

  • Centenary Gala Celebration
  • ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame
  • 100 Years of Sailing commemorative book
  • Sail the World Weekend

2007 Awards

  • ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy
  • ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards

Centenary Gala Celebration

No ALT tag specifiedGenerously hosted by the City of Estoril, Portugal, the ISAF Centenary Gala Celebration will be a night to remember.

With the backdrop of the 2007 ISAF World Sailing Championships across the bay in Cascais, the 12 July will see a spectacular Gala Dinner and Beach party in Estoril. The Casino Estoril will become a sparkling venue for 800 guests to enjoy an evening of celebration, whilst the Tamariz Beach, near to the Casino, will host a superb beach party, with a BBQ and live music.

ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame

To honour heroes and legends from across all areas of the sailing world, ISAF is launching a virtual Sailing Hall of Fame. The first inductees will be honoured at the Centenary Gala Dinner in Estoril.

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.

The book will be available to buy via this website from June onwards.

© Gregory SCOTT

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.

More details for this exciting and unique weekend will follow.

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 Yachting Cadet Trophy 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 will be 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 will be holding 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 Athens.

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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