Measurement underway

Measurement underway

Fireballs line up for Worlds

Jonathan Bale on the progress of the UK sailors heading for Adelaide

Sunday December 28th 2003, Author: Jonathan Bale, Location: Australasia
Merry Christmas from down under. For many British Fireball sailors the last few days have been quite eventful. The trip started late on Christmas Day or Boxing Day at Heathrow, as planes were boarded for the long journey down south.

Some two days later jetlagged Fireballers found them selves unpacking their boats from containers, which they packed some six weeks earlier. The next task was to present the boats for measurement. It was with much relief to the owners that most boats passed.

Tonight is the opening ceremony for the Australian Fireball Nationals and International week, where the Adelaide Sailing Club's officials get to meet and greet the sailors of the ninety six boats from around the world over a meal and a few beers.

International Week acts as tune-up regatta for many of the sailors who have made the long trip to foreign waters. Six races are scheduled to be sailed over the next three days and will give a strong indication of who is going fast, and who may be in contention for the World Championships next week.

The weather forecasters are promising temperatures in the high thirties and light to moderate winds.

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