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11 Jul 2007
IOC News , Beijing 2008

Sailing towards Beijing

It’s medal race time at  the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal. For the first time, the new Olympic format is being used to decide the eleven World Championship titles. The Championships are the principal qualification regatta for the sailing competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Some 75 per cent of national places are going to be decided in Cascais.  
Over 1,300 sailors
Over 1,300 sailors from more than 70 nations are in Cascais, battling for World Championship glory and the all-important Olympic qualification. Very windy conditions have made for spectacular, physical racing so far, whilst the shifting offshore breeze means the tactical competition is equally challenging. 

IOC member sailing
Amongst the other famous names aiming for glory in Cascais is IOC member and windsurfing legend Barbara Kendall of New Zealand. A triple Olympic medallist (with one gold, one silver and one bronze), she is aiming to win her fifth World Championship title and qualify to compete in her fifth Olympic Games. Since her last Olympic appearance in Athens, Barbara has given birth to her second daughter, and her 40th birthday is little over a month away. However, nothing seems to be getting in the way of her Olympic dream, and she current lies in sixth place overall in the women’s windsurfing event, just nine points off the top spot.

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