Beachside opening launches near record Finn World Masters at El Balís
More than 350 Finn sailors gathered Sunday 20 March at the Club Náutic El Balís, in Spain, as the 2018 Finn World Masters was opened under beautiful blue Mediterranean skies, which together with the fantastic Catalan hospitality, made for a finntastic evening.
From the first arrival to the last, every Finn sailor has been warmly welcomed by the club, which has been planning for this moment for three years. At the opening ceremony, the Finn Masters President, Andy Denison, commented on how smooth everything has been running and the welcome everyone has received. “Something is going right here. The attention to detail is outstanding.”
The opening ceremony took place on the club’s beach overlooking the sea, with several hundred people present.
The president of the club, Fran Ripoli thanked the organising team for two years of hard work, welcomed the competitors and then wished all participants good winds for the competition.
Then the Mayor of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Joan Mora, said the village was very proud to host such this high level event. “The village has long history of sailing and watersports so this is a unique opportunity to put the village on the map. I want to thank the club and the team working in the event, for always supporting training and sailing.”
He welcomed the participants. “The doors of our village are open at all times, and thanks to the class for choosing to come here. Welcome to the village that shares the values and principle of this sport.”
“Welcome to Sant Andreu de Llavaneres.”