A beautiful, sparkling, summer's day greeted the competitors as they began arriving at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron to compete in the 2004 IFDS Single-Person Dinghy World Championships.
Competitors spent Day 1 sorting out the paperwork at Registration, before being classified by International Classifiers Dr. Charles SIMPSON (CAN) and Dr. Stephen WILSON (AUS). Dr. Anne ALLAN (USA) was delayed and arrived a little later in the day.
Competitors then used the rest of the day to meet the other competitors and renew old acquaintances, as well as being weighed by the very verbose "weighing team" of Barny and Robert BARNBROOK, Peter DONALDSON (Dono), Charlie and Alison WHEATHERLY. This perhaps was the highlight of the day for many competitors, it was certainly fun to watch.
Volunteers were also being trained and assigned to tasks, but with the very obvious attitude that everyone would have a fantastic regatta. The twenty or more Liberty were given final adjustments as sailors were seated and servo controls fitted to best suit their requirements.
The transport team were kept busy all day collecting more competitors from the airport, dropping off at accommodation, then to Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. We hear that these mighty fellows drove over 1,000km on Day 1 alone!
Some competitors stayed at the Club all day, enjoying the friendly atmosphere, while other took the opportunity to explore the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. By late afternoon everyone was well and truly ready for well-earned refreshments on the upper deck of the Club, followed by a delicious dinner.
Registration, measurement and classification continue today and practice races are scheduled for 15 and 16 January. The opening ceremony will take place on 17 January with the racing commencing on 18.