OPENING CEREMONY LAUNCHES 420/470 JUNIOR EUROPEANS04 Jul 2018
420 and 470 teams from 19 countries paraded along the waterfront of Sesimbra, waving their national flags to formally launch the 2018 420/470 Junior European Championships in spectacular style.
Led by a Portuguese drumming band, teams paraded from the beachfront venue along the Sesimbra promenade to the majestic Forte de Santiago Fort where proceedings got underway.
Attended by local dignitaries, teams, coaches, parents and supporters, speeches of welcome were made by the President of Clube Naval de Sesimbra, Antonio Julio da Cruz, and the President of the Portuguese Sailing Federation, Antonio Roquette, as well as Class delegates.
One representative each from the community of athletes and officials gave the Oath on behalf of their peers, in a moving commitment to fair play and respect during the Championship.
On Thursday 5 July registration and measurement continues for both the 420 and 470, with the Practice Race scheduled at 1500 hours.
Racing opens on Friday 6 July, with the 420 Open and U17 fleets racing a 12 race series, and the 470 Men and Women fleets contesting 11 races followed by the top ten medal race. The podium will be decided on Wednesday 11 July.
Watch our highlights video to check out the sights and sounds from today's preparations and Opening Ceremony.
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