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27 March 2011, 12:36 pm
Day Two Of 2011 SAP 505 Worlds Cancelled
Race Officer Kevin Wilson Abandons Racing
Race Officer Kevin Wilson Abandons Racing

SAP 2011 505 World Championship
Hamilton Island, Australia

The second day of racing at the 2011 SAP 505 World Championship at Hamilton Island was abandoned due to weather predictions of 18 to 30 knots coming to fruition earlier than expected.

Race Officer Kevin Wilson went out onto the race course in the morning and came back to base saying, "There are two metre swells on the course area and sharp backs on the waves. Right now it's an ebbing tide, which is due to change at 12:00 local time. That will bounce waves up even more, making it treacherous," he said.

"We monitored the wind and got 24-30 knots regularly. Tomorrow isn't looking too good either, but right now the plan is to reassess early tomorrow and aim for a 10.00am warning signal if conditions are sailable," he said.

Between squalls, some sailors are making repairs to their boats, including Sarah Withall from South Australia, who arrived at Catseye Beach this morning to find a coconut had dropped from a palm tree and straight through the deck of her boat - leaving a hole the size of a bowling ball!

"I pulled the cover of the boat and saw a big hole. It took me a minute to figure out what had happened,"
she said.

"A sailmaker is going to help fix it - with lots of tape! It's my partner's father's boat, but he'll be fine about it - he ran the boat up on the reef here last year!"

Others are just playing catch-up with old and new friends in the SAP marquee where the latest in SAP technology is also there for competitors and officials to use.

Family and fans can follow the fleet live via the tracker with SAP analysis, video and more on the official site at:

Top 5 after two races:

1. Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner (GER) 1-1 2points
2. Ted Conrads and Brian Haines (USA) 7-2 9points
3. Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh (AUS) 2-7 9 points
4. Michael Holt and Carl Smit (USA) 3-6 9points
5. Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen (GER) 5-5 10points

Di Pearson
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