Over the last two weeks, the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships have delivered 630 races, without any being lost. One thousand two hundred sailors from 79 nations have competed and 10 World Championships titles have been claimed.
On the water, competitors have enjoyed a variety of weather conditions that have tested both light and heavy weather sailors and proved that the waters of Fremantle are the perfect venue for World Championship sailing.
The Centre Course race area of Bathers Bay brought Olympic class sailing closer to the viewing audience than ever before. The thousands of spectators lining the shore and in the grandstand have been treated to an amazing spectacle with yesterday's super Sunday climax presenting four medal races of high drama, action and skill that has been simply been described as "extraordinarily entertaining".
Creating such a successful event on and off the water has taken years of dedication and commitment. In his speech at the closing ceremony yesterday ISAF President Göran Petersson paid tribute the achievements of the Organising Committee who have demonstrated an extraordinary ability to host world class sailing events. Thanks also went to the Australian Government and Western Australia Government and all the sponsors for their support and investment in Perth 2011.
"The legacy that you have created for Western Australia through this championship will without doubt be appreciated by sailors long into the future,"
said Petersson. "I would like to applaud the State of Western Australia who have invested passion, energy and vision to create an outstanding stage for the Championships."
An event of the ISAF Sailing World Championships stature relies on the goodwill of the local and wider community and an army of volunteers who have been so crucial to the success of Perth 2011 as acknowledged by ISAF.
"Fremantle is a unique and very special sailing venue and we could not have asked for a warmer welcome from the communities, yacht clubs and local businesses. Thank you all for your generosity and spirit,"
"Without the support of our sponsors and volunteers an event like this would not be possible so on behalf of ISAF and the sailors I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this Championships a success."
While the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship has now drawn to a close and the baton has been passed on to Santander 2014 the legacy of this event will live on not only I Fremantle but in the transfer of knowledge to future ISAF Sailing World Championships.