Light winds and storms

Racing was abandoned on day one of the Laser World Championships when storms hit the venue

Thursday February 7th 2008, Author: Di Pearson, Location: United Kingdom
Race Officials at the Laser World Championship, being sailed off Terrigal, were forced to abandon attempts at racing this afternoon at 3.30pm with reports of more thunderstorms on the way up from Sydney.

Earlier in the day, the Australian Laser Dealers Qualifying races one and two were postponed due to extremely light shifty breezes. Then organizers sent the 160 competitors from 56 nations on the water, only to have them return when severe south-easterly winds and a thunderstorm arrived.

Sailors waited patiently ashore and just when the thunder, lightning and rain appeared to have dissipated, weather forecasters said another severe thunderstorm had hit Bankstown in Sydney and was headed north, expected to hit Terrigal along the way.

The situation gave organisers no alternative but to abandon racing for the day at around 3.30pm, as apart from the high winds, a lightning strike could prove fatal.

Race officials hope the weather will improve tomorrow when they plan to sail races one and two. From there, a decision will be made as to whether any extra races will be sailed to make up for the loss of one day’s racing.

Sailors packed their boats quickly and departed The Haven at Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast quickly.

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