Greeting remarks from Helmut Kleebank, mayor of Berlin-Spandau

Dear sailors, distinguished guests,

it is with great pleasure that I welcome you here at the Warnemunde Bay and Baltic coast to the Gold Cup 2015. As a non-resident representative it is a special honor to speak to you here. I owe this to this year's organizer from Berlin-Spandau, the Spandau Yacht-Club e.V., which has made all this possible by winning the Gold Cup in 2011.

Those who didn’t have the pleasure to experience Berlin first-hand, let me tell you that Spandau is one of the most waterrich districts in the German capital. Therefore, we look back with pride at a long tradition in water sports as well. Numerous clubs are located here and also some Olympians – such as Britta Oppelt – were sent to international competitions from just there. Nevertheless, hosting this years’ international Gold Cup in the beautiful Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a special honor and also challenge for the Spandau Yacht Club with its 130-year history. However, this would not have been possible without the support of the city of Rostock and the Rostock Regatta Association. Therefore, on behalf of the Spandau Yacht Club and the district of Spandau, I would like to thank all those involved for this successful cooperation.

I would particularly like to welcome the many international guests consisting of more than 60 teams from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the United States and Great Britain. I hope you all enjoy your stay at the Baltic Sea, experience great contests and return back home with lasting memories.

Use this peaceful meeting of different nations and cultures to exchange experiences as well. As usual in sports without prejudice and in accordance with the Olympic ideals, this should always be at the heart of each competition. With this, I wish the hosts, sailors and visitors from near and far an eventful week in Rostock-Warnemünde with as little "lulls" as possible.

With sporty regards

Your Spandau Mayor
Helmut Kleebank