Lively British Wimbledon weather curtails start of Etchells Worlds

Monday June 25th 2007, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
With winds regularly gusting over 30 knots and gales forecast for later in the day the Race Committee at the Etchells World Championhip in Cowes was forced to abandon all races on day one of the championship today. Initially the boats were held ashore while the Committee assessed the situation but by noon it became clear that conditions were not going to improve and the decision was made.

The first race of the championship is now scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday 26 June, with the first warning signal at 1100. Tomorrow's forecast is for a slight improvement in the weather with less rain and fewer squalls.

Possibly the only crew happy to see no racing today is that of GBR1352 Arbitrator who have been busy through the night affecting repairs to their boat following a major port/starboard incident on yesterday's practise race start line. They are hoping to relaunch the boat this afternoon so will be ready to race in the morning.

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