The 33 country flags flying at Sandringham Yacht Club are gently fluttering, heralding a slower start to day three at the week-long ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, the first stop of the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.
The postponement flag is flying, but the “gut feel” of the World Cup PRO Ross Wilson is the midday session will begin an hour or so later, and this will push the 3pm session start time out.
An early morning 3 knot NNW wind has turned to a variable 5 knots from the south, forecast to reach up to around 15 knots during the afternoon along with the chance of showers. Locals reckon 10 knots tops is more likely.
On day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne and Sail Melbourne, Wednesday December 11, four courses will be used for the following Olympic, Paralympic and Invited classes racing; men’s 470, women’s 470, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 49er, 49erFX, Open 49FX, men’s RS:X, women’s RS:X, Bic Techno, Nacra 17, Liberty, Skud 18 and 2.4mR.
Men’s and women’s kiteboards are due to open their series from 3pm this afternoon on the Hampton course.
Last night at the SYC’s main Sailing World Cup social event, officials, sponsors and other guests from the Victorian boating scene gathered to meet the Australian Sailing Team and other sailing royalty for a panel discussion on foiling.
Emirates Team NZ wing trimmer and A-class guru Glenn Ashby, AST, Moth world champion and 49er gold medallist Nathan Outteridge, Moth visionary and designer Andy MacDougall and kiteboarding guns Ben Morrison-Jack, Jordan Girdis and Florian Gruber shared with the crowd their excellent insight into this development area of the sport.
On the schedule racing is due to commence at midday. Wilsons thinks “something will happen this afternoon, though it’s more a gut feeling. I’m hoping the AP will come down around 1pm and that will release the morning session. Then we are likely to delay the afternoon session to around 4pm when we might have 10 knots of wind.
“Tomorrow is meant to be stronger and should be great racing.”
“Day one and two has given us perfect Port Phillip sailing conditions and they all seem to be having a ball out there,” Wilson added.
Results are available here - www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
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If you would like more detailed information on the event please visit the event website www.sailingworldcupmelbourne.com
Lisa Ratcliff ISAF Sailing World Cup – Event Media