Skunked at Niner-Nacra Worlds:
Geelong, Australia (February 14, 2020) – Summer storms wreaked havoc with the breeze on the fifth day at the 2020 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships, keeping weather watchers busy but ultimately preventing any racing for the day.
The storms passed over and around the host city, bringing thunder, rain and lightning, and leaving sick breeze in each frontal system’s wake. The race committee took off on boats after 4pm thinking there was a chance of a late green light, but it was not to be.
The good news is tomorrow’s forecast is promising – wind out of the south-west building to the class’ upper limit of 25 knots, a figure that also takes into considerati…
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Skunked at Laser Worlds:
Sandringham, Australia (February 14, 2020) – The fourth day of racing at the 2020 Laser Standard Men’s World Championship was abandoned today, owing to a series of thunderstorms that swept across Port Phillip Bay.
Scheduled to be the first day of Gold Fleet racing, which brings together the best 42 sailors at the event, it instead became a day of watch and wait for the race committee.
At 3pm, as the second of the fronts carrying thunder and lightning appeared on the horizon, Race Director Peter Merritt ordered AP over A to be hoisted on the Sandringham Yacht Club flagpole, signalling no further racing for the day.
With their Lasers already packed away to prevent damage fr…
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