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31 January 2005, 03:28 pm
Championship Contract Signed in Portugal
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2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Cascais, Portugal

Today, 31 January 2005, the contract for the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships was signed in Cascais, Portugal.
The Portuguese Prime Minister, Pedro Miguel Santana Lopes, signed the World Championship contract on behalf of the Portuguese Government with ISAF President Göran Petersson signing on behalf of ISAF. Representatives from the Organizing Committee were also in attendance and signatories to the contract, including the Mayor of Cascais, President and Commodore of the Clube Naval de Cascais, and representatives from the Federação Portuguesa de Vela, Marina de Cascais and Estoril Coast Tourism Board.

Speaking on ISAF's selection of Cascais as the host venue for ISAF's most prestigious World Championship, ISAF President Göran Petersson commented:

'Your Excellency Prime Minister, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

Today is a proud moment for ISAF and the world of sailing, as we set sail for the second ISAF Sailing World Championships in 2007.

ISAF is very proud to be holding the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, a city which has a long and close association with the sea and the sport of sailing. Formed in 1940, the Clube Naval de Cascais has demonstrated its ability to host world class events over many years, having welcomed more than 50 World and European Sailing Championships to its waters.

As one of 8 bidding cities, Cascais was chosen based on its ability to provide the sport of sailing with a first class venue and administration infrastructure, strong community and government support, and an outstanding sports arena - excellent weather conditions, beautiful waters and a stunning location. Add to that the hospitality offered by your country, and there is no question that the more than 1500 Olympic sailors from 70 nations and every continent who will come to Cascais in 2007 will enjoy an unforgettable experience.'

The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships combines the eleven Olympic events at the same time in one venue, attracting more than 1000 entries, 1500 competitors and 70 nations from every continent. The final Championship dates are to be confirmed, but will be within the date range of the end of June/early July.

The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships also marks the ISAF Centenary, of which the Championship will be an integral element.

The first ISAF Sailing World Championships was held in Cadiz, Spain.

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