The Organizing Committee has arranged a big set of coastal events for the athletes and guests. The mascot of the World Championship – Brown Bear welcomed the participants to the Race Village. Organizers decided to follow the traditions and chose this mascot, which had proved itself at the home Olympics in 1980 and 2014, because of the world-wide popularity and recognition of it as a symbol of Russia. The participants' reaction to the Bear's appearance was very vivid, they were giving him hugs and taking selfies with him.
After the practice race the opening ceremony began with the participants' parade with their national flags. 104 windsurfers from 19 countries have arrived at St. Petersburg. Flags of Russia, Israel, Turkey, Hong Kong, Holland, Greece, Spain, the USA, Italy, France, Thailand, Japan, Great Britain, Poland, the Philippines, Belarus, Cyprus, Estonia and Oman were proudly flying above the Park of the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg.
The best young windsurfers of the world, including silver medalist of the World Sailing Youth Championships – Russia's Yana Reznikova and current champion – Fabien Pianazza, raised the flags of the host country of the tournament – Russia, the general partner of the regatta – PJSC Gazprom, the organizer – Yacht Club of St. Petersburg and the Federation of the RS:X class.