Today, the greeting addressed on behalf of our President H.H. the Aga Khan, the President of the Board of Directors, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, the Board of Directors and the entire YCCS to our twinned clubs - the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Yacht Club de Monaco and the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein - is even more meaningful.
Finally, a special thank you to Rolex, Audi, Allianz and all our partners for the faith they have shown and the support they continue to offer to the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, including during this difficult period.
I would like to conclude by sharing with you all my personal feelings on the 12 years in which I had the honour of acting as Commodore. I have always had a strong sense of belonging to this Club, during my career as an owner I felt particularly proud to fly the YCCS burgee on international regatta courses. But my experience as Commodore has allowed me see the Club as an extended family, to which I had the privilege of devoting much of my time. You will know that this year my mandate expires, so I will hand over the reins to a successor, to whom I will guarantee all the necessary support so that the helm of this complex organisational machine rests firmly in their hands.