On a fantastic sunny day, athletes and journalists left convinced that the Championships, held from 28 June-13 July and set to be the biggest ever event for the Olympic Classes, will be a massive success.
It was a day made to order: beautifully sunny with perfect wind conditions for the regatta. The morning was used for a short presentation of the Championships by Miguel MAGALHÃES, President of the Cascais Naval Club, and a technical visit by the local and international press to all the sites of the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
The international media gathered in Cascais for the event left impressed, with renowned yachting journalist Bob FISHER commenting, "Portugal is going to host an event which is without parallel at the international level, where the best sailors in the world will be present. The place is amazing and has everything necessary to make the Championships a great success."
After a light lunch, the organization had prepared two races for WADA's Athletes Committee. It was a fruitful experience for Rosa MOTA, Portugal's Marathon Olympic Champion and an old hand at emerging victorious. She showed the stuff of champions by winning both events. 'I was afraid of getting seasick. But the feeling is great and I had some five star teachers,' said MOTA.
MOTA enjoyed sailing for the day and encouraged youngsters to give the sport a try, 'I really enjoyed it. I learnt a lot of things. For example, in athletics we take shelter from the wind, here it's the opposite and we have to go and find it. And it's a sport which could motivate children,' she added.
Finally MOTA left Cascais with two wishes, 'I hope that who wins in July is the organization. And I wish the best of success to our athletes.'
The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships will take place from 28 June-13 July in Cascais, Portugal. 'The Wind Is Calling' is the official motto for the 2007 Worlds. The Championships are the principal qualification regatta for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, with 75% of all national places to be decided.
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