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25 May 2004, 01:53 pm
Racing Postponed On Day One
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ACI Htmobile Cup
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ACI HTmobile Cup Event Director Emil Tomašević, however, reassured the competitors at the ISAF Grade 1 event that the wind would fill.
"Today looks like a classic seabreeze day," Tomašević said at the morning briefing. "That means the wind should fill and slowly swing right."

The Race Committee departed the ACI Marina at 11:00 a.m. as a light north-westerly began to fill. Still flying the Answering Pennant signalling a postponement, they were hopeful to fire the first attention signal by noon.

The conditions were in stark contrast to the previous day's blustery north-easterly for practice and crew training in the Jeanneau One-Design 35. The wind topped out around 20 knots, and took its toll on two Scandinavian skippers.

Sweden's Mattias RAHM and Finland's Staffan LINDBERG both suffered injuries during practice. Rahm suffered a cut on his head that required a trip to the hospital for cleaning and dressage, but Lindberg's injury was more serious.

Yesterday morning the 6-foot, 5-inch tall skipper underwent surgery to repair his orbital bone and cheek bone under his right eye. The injury occurred during a practice jibe.

"I was pulling the boom across and he didn't stand back far enough," said Lindberg's mainsail trimmer Daniel WALLBERG, 24, of Marstrand, Sweden. "The boom hit him under the eye."

Rahm also suffered his injury during a gybe. The 6-foot tall Swede didn't duck low enough during a jibe and the boom swept across his head. Rahm said that both his and Lindberg's crews practiced last week for this event on DS 37 Match-Racers in Sweden, the boat used at the Swedish Match Cup and the Danish Open.

"The boom on that boat isn't as long as the one on this boat," said Rahm, comparing the practice boat to the race boat.

Wallberg will fill in for Lindberg on the helm until he is ready to return. Wallberg, who has crewed for Lindberg the past year, began match-racing in 2000. Also joining the crew is local Croatian Ivan Kljaković GAŠPIĆ.

The International Jury, headed by Chief Umpire Bo SAMUELSSON, has cleared the way for Lindberg to return to the helm when, and if, he feels ready.

"We took the opinion of the skippers at the umpires' meeting and they were in favour of us granting Lindberg the permission to return," said Samuelsson.
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