Welcome to the 2015 420 World Championships
Day 1 of the 2015 420 World Championships here in Castle Bay Karatsu, Japan. Typhoon Nangka, which was tracking a parth to the east, has now passed and continues on its path north. This morning’s rain and wind looks as though will give way to sun this afternoon.
Welcome from the President of the International 420 Class Association, Nino Shmueli:
"Dear Sailors, Team Leaders, Coaches, Officials, Team Supporters and Volunteers
As President of the International 420 Class Association, it is a pleasure and honour to welcome the best 420 sailors in the world to the 2015 420 World Championships in Prefecture Yacht Harbour, Karatsu, Japan. To be competing here at the 2015 420 World Championships has taken focus, commitment, skill and passion – you are all Champions in the sport.
A warm welcome also to the Team Leaders, Coaches, Race Officials, Team Supporters and many, many volunteers who have made this Championship possible.
The International 420 Class Association prides itself on the sailors who pass through our fleets around the world, many of whom go on to pursue a pathway to elite competition, Olympics and sailing careers beyond. By the conclusion of the 2015 420 World Championships, there will be three new World Champion teams crowned: International 420 Class World Champions, International 420 Class Ladies World Champions and the International 420 Class Under-17 World Champions.
Equally importantly, the 420 Class is where many of you have nurtured your love of sailing, and participating, not necessarily winning, is the ethos we believe in.
The 420 World Championships transcend social barriers, and will provide a spirit of unity between the participating countries representing five continents of the world. Enjoy the unique opportunity the sport of sailing gives you to meet fellow sailors from around the world, based around the shared love of our sport. Here in Japan, you may well make friendships that will last a lifetime.
The world of sport and culture goes hand in hand and throughout the Championship there will be activities which define the unique culture and hospitality of Karatsu and Japan. Take the opportunity to discover a new world and return home with special memories.
Enjoy your time here in Japan and racing on the beautiful, but challenging, waters of Karatsu Bay. Compete in the spirit of fair play and may you all achieve your dreams.
I dedicate my closing words to wish good luck and above all fun to all the sailors taking part, and give sincere thanks to the personnel of the Organizing Committee, Japan Sailing Federation, Japan 420 Class Association, Saga Prefecture Yachting Federation and especially to the volunteers who have generously offered their support to ensure the success of the 2015 420 World Championships.
Thank you Karatsu. Thank you Japan. Thank you Sailors of the World.
Nino Shmueli, President
International 420 Class Association"