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16 January 2004, 12:07 pm
On The Water At Last
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2004 IFDS Single-Person Dinghy World Championship

Day 3 and at last the competitors had the opportunity to get out on the Bay to test the Liberty dinghies, the conditions and themselves.
Again the weather was kind with a steady 12-15 knot breeze, building to 18 knots at the top mark. The Bay was flat and the sky was cloudless.

The intense preparation of the previous two days paid off as sailor after sailor negotiated the inner harbour onto the expanse of the Bay. It was insiring to watch the brightly coloured sails on the horizon darting to and fro as a series of informal races was held.

Regisration and Classfication is all but completed, with only two competitors yet to arrive. Portugese sailor, Fernando PEREIRA is still being observed by the Classifers to ascertain whether he is a Classification 1 or 2, and the second day of practice will assist with their decision.

Australian sailor, Colin JOHANSON, had the experience of a lifetime as a pod of dolphins frolicked alongside his "Docklands" Liberty for 20 minutes or so, following and swimming alonside as he headed out into the Bay.

After 2 days of practice and the opening ceremony tomorrow, competitive racing begins with 2 races on 18 January as part of Sail Melbourne and continues until 22 January.
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