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23 July 2002, 11:11 am
Yesterday Was a Lay Day for the Athletes
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On board Bluenose II

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship

UNESCO Heritage Day was centered around celebrating the heritage of Lunenburg. With sailings on historic Bluenose II, greeting at Lunenburg Academy and walking tours of Old Lunenburg, the day was filled with exciting events.
The day began for some 80 athletes and coaches as they boarded Bluenose II for a 10:00 am sailing. At 2:00pm, another 80 athletes, coaches and parents took the 2-hour sail.

At 11:00am, athletes not on the first sailing of Bluenose II were greeted at historic Lunenburg Academy by the Academy bells ringing. They were given balloons by Barbara Zwicker and her UNESCO Day committee.

Short speeches were given by Honourable Michael Baker, MLA and Mayor of Lunenburg, Reverend Laurence Mawhinney. Both gentlemen spoke of the heritage of Lunenburg and how delighted they were to have the athletes here to help celebrate.

Cadets and youth ambassadors held the 30 country flags of the nations present at the Championship. After the speeches, the balloons were released into the sky, filling it with brilliant colors.

The athletes were then lead to the Bandstand by a piper and then dispersed to do their own thing for the day. Some visited the Youth Vendor's Market located on the Community Center grounds.

They had face-painting, hand-made jewelry, home-made lemonaide, baked goods, artwork among many other items for sale. There was also music in the Bandstand for several hours and buskers on the waterfront to entertain the athletes, visitors and local residents.

At 6:00pm, the athletes and special guests were treated to a beautiful spread of food presented by the Old Fish Factory. Following dinner, the athletes and coaches filed onto the Theresa E. Connor sailing vessel to have their photo taken. This photo will be available for sale at Lunenburg Yacht Club.

The day ended spectacularly with the Sunset Ceremony performed by HMCS Acadia Cadets. It was a fantastic spectacle. There were guns going off, cannons booming, drums banging, symbols crashing and people cheering. It was an amazing ending to a beautiful day.

Many thanks go to the HMCS Acadia Cadets for volunteering so much of their time and energy to this event. They made the UNESCO day very special. After the finale of the Cadets, Mike Cowie & the Funky People started up. With original and cover tunes, they filled the parking lot with spectators. The band played until 10:30. With the lay day over, it's time for the athletes to get back to business. Best of luck to all the competitors!
Teresa Janz/News Editor
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