This Thursday, 6 March, the starting signal will be given for the III Carnival Race in the Bay of Cadiz, which will bring together some of the best sailors in the world in the different Olympic Classes.
This year's event will also provide this sailors with the opportunity to visit the bases and test conditions in the various race areas that will be used during the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships from the 11 and 25 September.
Once the Athens Eurolymp finished, many teams confirmed attendance at the Cadiz test event. Sailors starting in the Yngling class will include the British teams, skipped by Shirley Robertson and Cathy Foster.
The Mistral race area, with the largest number of entries, will not only be the setting for the Worlds, but also for the Spanish Cup for the Youth and Junior categories of this class, which means that the best sailors in Spain will have the opportunity to compete against such international figures as Przemek Miarczynski and Piotr Myszka (POL), or Dominic Tidey and Nick Dempsey (GBR).
The women's class will include Blanca Manchon (ESP), second in the Athens Eurolymp, and some of the top sailors in the ISAF World Sailing Ranking, such as Anna Raczyk and Agata Brygola (POL) and France's Synthia Gros.
On the other hand, the twelve crews making up the Tornado fleet at this event, include some of the teams that are among the top ten in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. Britain's Hugh Styles and Adam May and Leigh MacMillan and Mark Bulkeley will provide a spectacular display of sailing in their respective catamarans.
Displays of top-class sailing are also guaranteed in the Europe Class, with 107 entries for the III Carnival Race, thanks to the presence of sailors such as Manon Borsi (FRA), who finished third in Athens Eurolymp, or Spain's Neus Garriga, who will be setting the pace for a fleet made up of the world's top sailors in this class such as Norway's Siren Sundby.
Seven race areas, three bases around the Bay of Cadiz, press offices, race committees, rescue, judges and juries, course setters, volunteers, Protocol teams, measurers, weather forecasters, transport services, Press boats, are just of the aspects that will be an opportunity to show off the level of effort of the five hundred people involved in running the III Carnival Race in this part of southern Europe.
These aspects will be analysed and perfected with the aim of ensuring the best organisation and running of the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships, in the Bay of Cadiz.