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Parade of Nations and Fireworks Welcome Teams
The Opening Ceremony of the 2013 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Valencia, Spain conclude with a bang last night as a traditional fireworks display wrapped up the parade of nations and
arrival of the official 420 Championship and Spanish flags by water in two 420s.
Held in the impressive surroundings of the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, the former home of the America's Cup, teams arriving at the Opening Ceremony were greeted with traditional local dancing and music.
The parade of nations was led by Angola, followed by Argentina, Australia,
Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain,
Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italia,
Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland,
Turkey and the USA.
The flags of Spain and the International 420 Class Association made an
impressive arrival by water, as two 420s sailed down the inner harbour
with the flags onboard. Sailed by current 420 Spanish Champions, Luis
Bugallo/Pedro Martinez and Silvia Más/Nuria Miró, the flags were brought
ashore and paraded into the Opening Ceremony.
Manuel Pons, President of the Real Club Nautico de Valencia welcomed
teams, "On behalf of the Real Club Nautico de Valencia and all its
members I want to wish all the participants' good winds. May you enjoy
the excellent sailing conditions of Valencia, and I hope you take home
pleasant memories of these championships, our club and the city. We are sure that all the competing teams will enjoy everything that Valencia
has to offer, proving that the city is prepared enough to become the
sailing venue for the possible Madrid 2020 Olympics."
On behalf of the sailors, Nadja Horwitz from Chile and Alicia Avila from
Spain, made the Sailor's Promise, saying "I promise that I will sail in
this championship to the best of my ability, in the true spirit of
sailing and within the rules and regulations. I will do my best to
promote fellowship between the sailors of all the competing nations, to
further spread the enduring network of 420 friends throughout the
Speeches were also given by José Ángel Rodríguez Santos, President of
the Real Federación Española de Vela; Cristóbal Grau, Sports Counsellor
of Valencias Town Hall and Mateo Castellá, Sports Representative of
President of the International 420 Class Associaiton, Nino Shmueli
formally opened the Championships by thanking the organizing club, Real
Club Nautico de Valencia, the Spanish Federation, the National 420 Class
Associations and the town of Valencia for hosting the 2013 International
420 World Championships. Addressing the teams, coaches, team leaders and
supporters, Shmueli said, "Thank you all for being in Valencia. We have
teams from 27 nations and every continent of the world. This
championship is one of the largest we have ever held with 187 entries.
You are the future of our sport and we hope to see some of you
participating in the 2020 Olympics. We are all privileged to be united
in our passion for sport, sharing our cultures and global friendships. I
wish each of you very success, fair winds and outstanding sailing."
As the flags of the International 420 Class Association and Spanish
national flag were raised, Shmueli declared the 2013 International 420
Class World Championships open.
A reception introduced everyone to the delights of local Valencian
refreshments and food, to the accompaniment of a traditional flamenco
show. The evening ended with a bang and the Correfocs firework display;
a group dressed as devils danced to traditional drums setting off
fireworks right in front of the spectators.
Registration and Measurement continue on Wednesday 24 July 2013 and the
practice race will take place at 1500 hours.
About the International 420 Class World Championships
The 2013 420 World and Ladies World Championships are being hosted at
the Real Club Náutico Valencia (RCNV) from 22-30 July 2013. Valencia is
world renowned as a sailing venue, and hosted the 2007 and 2010
America's Cup. 187 teams from 27 nations are competing, with 110 teams
in the 420 Open fleet and 87 in the Ladies fleet.
Registration and measurement take place from 22-24 July, with the
practice race on 24 July. The racing format is 12 races scheduled per
fleet; 6 qualification races (25-27 July) and 6 final races (28-30
July). The 420 Open will be split into three fleets for the
qualification series and re-seeded after each day's racing, advancing to
the final stage of gold, silver and bronze fleets from Sunday 28 July.
The 420 Ladies will be split into two fleets for the qualification and