Irene-light stops International 14 team racing
Action at the 2011 International 14 World Championships has so far been hampered by the aftermath of ‘Hurricane Irene’, the hurricane that recently devastated the east coast of America. Irene’s little sister arrived in spectacular style yesterday morning with gusts of up to 60 knots being recorded at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Unsailable conditions on both Monday and Tuesday unfortunately resulted in the World Team Racing Championships being cancelled. However, the break in the schedule has allowed many competitors to catch up with international friends and provided some extra time to undertake boat work, or in some cases time to completely re-build.
Undeterred by the weather the social programme has been in full swing. The infamous team racing dinner provided the entertainment last night as each team performed a team skits. Some of the highlights included the Canadian sausage dip, German trailer racing, Japanese jungle fire, British human boat building (see below) and human bungee.
Looking ahead the forecast looks challenging over the next few days, with a practice race scheduled for today and the Worlds series due to start tomorrow.