The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships, taking place from 28 June-13 July, is on course to become the biggest ever event for the Olympic Classes and one of the highlights of ISAF's Centenary year. Seventy-four nations and 1,276 competitors have already registered to take part after the second phase of the entry procedure ended last week. As well as the eleven World Championship titles up for grab in Cascais, Olympic qualification is also at stake, with 75% of all national places for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition to be decided.
The deadline for ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) to accept the Additional Places, awarded to them based on performances at the last two Class World Championships, passed on 15 March. The final entry places for Cascais will be decided by an ISAF Qualification Commission. MNAs wishing to be considered for Commission Places should submit their applications to ISAF. More details on Commission Places and how to apply for them can be found on the ISAF Sailing World Championships microsite - www.sailing.org/isafworlds.
Entry forms for MNAs to register the names of their competing sailors will be available on the microsite shortly.
With the clock ticking down to the start of racing in Cascais, many of the world's top Olympic sailors have taken the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the waters on which the World titles will be decided this July. With the major European regattas fast approaching and the venue to be closed for training from 1-15 June, now is a key time to gather in-depth knowledge about the Cascais sailing conditions.
Over 50 sailors have been training out of the Clube Naval de Cascais, with crews coming from across Europe as well as USA and Canada. Amongst the big names currently in Cascais are Portugese 470 favourites Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR) and double 470 World Champions Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED).