Fast start for some but a slow
start for the pre-worlds event.
The ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championships
started today with the first of a two day pre-worlds
warm up regatta.
The competitors have been arriving at
WPNSA from far and wide and have quickly been passed
through the registration and measurement process with
the minimum of fuss and assembled this morning for a
pre-race briefing from race officer David Campbell-James.
The fleet launched in strong but manageable
conditions and made their way towards the start area
in the harbour. The wind speed built quickly to a sustained
25 knots, giving some of the competitors a chance to
really stretch their legs and shake off any travel sleepiness
that may have remained.
At the committee boat the breeze and sea
state had become quite challenging and the race-officer
made the sensible decision to send the fleet ashore.
Then after a short time the decision was made to postpone
to tomorrow. This decision was welcomed by the competitors
as no-one wants to tire their bodies and equipment just
before a world championships.
To make best use of the time Jon Newman
(AUS) and Iver Ahlmann (GER) hosted a boat tuning seminar
in the dinghy park to share information with some of
the class new comers and also to share different ideas
that may have developed in different regions as to how
to best set up your MUSTO Skiff.
This evening the class will be formally
welcomed to WPNSA by the organising team and will enjoy
some beers and a buffet.
The forecast for tomorrow is for 14 –
18knot breezes so the fleet is looking forward to getting
some pre-worlds racing in as the event builds towards
the formal start of the regatta on Tuesday.