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6 May 2004, 04:56 pm
Storms and Testing On Day 4
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ISAF Olympic Windsurfing Equipment Evaluation Event
Torbole, Lake Garda

Today looked more promising for the traditional Lake Garda winds to fill in.
With the rain holding off and the skies clearing somewhat many of the local Circolo Surf Torbole staff members were predicting that the "Ora" may makes its first appearance of the week.

Having enjoyed a superb Gala Dinner last night, hosted by San Pellegrino and the Rotari winery, many of the sailors were glad that the sailing was postponed due to the lack of wind upon arrival for the 0930 briefing.

After not being able to complete the comparative testing yesterday, the sailors were sent out in a building southerly breeze at around 1300. Just as testing commenced a large storm came over bringing with it strong 15-20 knot winds and ideal testing conditions.

The Evaluation Panel were advised to make all sailors return to the beach due to the threat of hail and excess winds from the storm, unfortunately missing out on sailing in the some excellent conditions.

As the storm started to clear, the Lake was left with more light breezes of 5-6 knots which eventually died down to nothing by 1530.

However, the Hybrid group did manage to get out and make one testing session, showing off the boards' capabilities to sail in the lightest of breezes equalling that of the Mistral OD, whilst also showing good "Formula"/images/content/images/04_windtrials(5).jpg>
On land, the Evaluation Panel have almost concluded their manufacturers meetings with only Neil Pryde being left to talk to them.

The Evaluation Panel has been assessing each of the entries for class structure, building techniques and various other technical considerations that will all need to be taken into consideration whilst selecting the equipment for the 2008 Olympic Regatta in Beijing.

Tomorrow is another day of unexpected weather whilst Saturday is looking to provide the best sailing conditions yet.
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