Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Worlds Best Meet in Cascais

The ISAF Sailing World Championships are scheduled to start on 28 June and until 13 July Cascais will host a unique show on its waters. Eleven World Championship titles are at stake as well as the qualification for 75% of the fleet that will go to Qingdao for the 2008 Olympics.

The numbers are amazing: 1,399 sailors, 76 nations, distributed across 945 boats on 11 classes. Three hundred and six races will take place on five race courses with an equivalent area of 1,270 football fields.

Bernardo Pinto GONÇALVES, Administrator of Portugal Vela 2007, the event organizers, is calm, 'Everything is ready for the beginning of the Championships. Only minor details are left do deal with'. GONÇALVES has no doubts about the great show that will take place on Cascais bay waters, 'It will be something unique and never before seen in Portugal. I hope that all will turn out well regarding the competition and that the audience on shore will have a great time watching the races'.

The first day of the Championships will be dedicated to administrative procedures and measurements of the boats and the opening of the Press Centre on the venue. Media awareness on this competition is more than obvious as more than 200 journalists, Portuguese and international, are already accredited.
credits © JoaoFerrand/JFF