Above all, the events will set out to communicate the spirit of the sport worldwide and, in the process, educate and inspire more people to participate in and enjoy sailing.
The pinnacle celebration will be the Sail the World Festival which will take place over the weekend of 1-2 September 2007. The two day festival will take place simultaneously around the world involving national sailing authorities, classes, event organizers and sailing clubs. ISAF will partner with a city which will host the headline event of the Sail the World weekend, including a series of professional rematches, one-off regattas, grass roots programmes and activities to honour the people and places of historic importance to the sport while reflecting the local culture of the Host City.
The weekend will culminate with a unique Sailor of the Century Awards, a Gala event to recognize 100 years of achievement across all disciplines of the sport which will be attended by royalty, sailing legends and international luminaries from the world of entertainment, sport and media.
Cities interested in hosting the ISAF Centenary celebrations, Sail the World Festival and Sailor of the Century Awards should register their interest by 9 December 2005 by contacting Inga LEASK, at Fast Track Sailing, ISAF's exclusive Commercial Partner for the Sail the World sailing festival and Sailor of the Century Awards, on +44 (0) 20 7593 5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bid guidelines will be distributed by ISAF following registration. The deadline for cities to submit their final bids will be 31 January 2006. Each bid will then be evaluated by ISAF with the announcement of the Host City on 6 March 2006, subject to contract.
ISAF President Göran PETERSSON commented, 'The ISAF Centenary offers the Host City a unique opportunity to position itself alongside the world governing body at the heart of the sport of sailing. 100 years is a significant milestone for any organization and the programme of events that will be staged through the 'Sail the World' sailing festival and 'Sailor of the Century Awards' will generate global media exposure and substantial benefits for the Host City.'For a complete list of all the news about the ISAF Centenary CLICK HERE.