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4 May 2004, 09:58 am
Wet And Windless Day One
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Olympic Windsurfing Equipment Evaluation Event
Circolo Surf Torbole, Lake Garda

Monday morning greeted sailors and manufacturers in Italy with overcast skies and light 8-knot northerly winds on the first day of this second evaluation event.
The Evaluation Panel, consisting of Rich JEFFRIES, Chris ATKINS, Qu CHUN, Mike GEBHARDT and Jorunn HORGEN first gave a welcoming briefing to the 18 sailors and 7 manufacturers before starting measurement of all of the boards.

As boards were measured some sailors took the opportunity to try out some of the new equipment entered to the trials. However, as they took to the water, rain came in and killed what was left of the northerly "Peler".

After lunch the Evaluation Team had scheduled two windward/leeward races for the boards, first having divided them up into male and female fleets. Unfortunately the rain persisted in keeping the breeze away until 1530 by which time it was considered too late to carry out any of the racing. Instead the sailors were given a free choice in the equipment and were allowed to carry out a free-sailing session. This was conducted in a building "Peler" breeze which rose to about 8-10 knots before dying away for the evening.

Members of the Evaluation Team were on hand to discuss the boards with each of the sailors as they came off the water. In the evening a dinner has been organised for the sailors and the manufacturers as a welcome to the region and to Torbole.

Today the forecast is for more rain but the traditional "Ora" is expected to show up and provide some healthier sailing conditions.
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