Following our articles last week on the 2003 ISAF World Championships, we bring you the latest news from the Cadiz, the plans for the next test event, and the human element.
The work to organise such an event, that began in the year 2000, when the ISAF decided to award the running of this event to Mundo Vela, has sped up over recent months. Special mention should be made of the numerous events that have been held in order to try out the various race committees, measurement teams and judges, who will form part of the human resources taking part in the 2003 ISAF World Championships.
The personnel at the three bases, the Elcano Sailing Centre in Cadiz, Puerto Sherry and Puerto de Rota, are working hard to add the final touches to the venue infrastructure to ensure the perfect organisation when both the Carnival Race and subsequently the World Championships start.
At the beginning of December, over four hundred volunteers attended a meeting organised by the Public Limited Company for Andalusian Sport (Deporte Andaluz) and the Mundo Vela Consortium, in order to outline all the details of the event, which will involve experts in the fields of protocol, racing, press, nautical supplies, measurement.
The next regatta being used as a test bed for the event is the III International Carnival Race, from 6 - 10 March 2003. The same race areas as in the World Championships will be used and this opportunity to test the racing conditions first hand is expected to attract the best sailors from around the world to the Bay of Cadiz.
Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández (ESP), current 49er World Champions, Europe Sailor Joana Prats (POR), and Current Mistral World Champion and Gold medallist in Atlanta, Nikolas Kaklamanakis (GRE), are just some of the world class sailors who have confirmed they will be heading to the Carnival Race in March.
The level of the competitors expected to take part is one of the reasons that the International Carnival Race has been chosen as the venue for the Spanish Cup for the Mistral (Youth and Junior), Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, Europe classes and for the Andalusian Cup for the Patin a Vela class.
Just six months before the Worlds, it will be an excellent opportunity to try out many of the human and material resources that will be subsequently used in the one of the largest sailing events in the history of the sport.
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