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29 December 2001, 01:22 pm
Tricky Wind Conditions
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Christmas Race

Racing has been taking place at the Christmas Race, in Palamos, Spain. The first days racing took place in near perfect moderate wind racing conditions, with racing on the second day completed in more tricky, shifty wind conditions.

Day One

At 11.00 hours this morning, with a clear blue sky, boats were sent out to their respective racing areas, the 49er fleet raced in Alfa area close to the shore, the 470 and Mistral in Bravo area, Laser (divided into two groups), Europe, and Finn in Charlie area, and Yngling and Tornado in Delta area.

The wind was from the north to northwest, vearing quickly to southwest, establishing the typical thermic wind called Garbí. Racing was delayed for one hour. The wind strength built up to 12 knots in the afternoon, giving perfect racing conditions, with the 49er completing four races, and the rest of the classes three.

Day Two

Very shifty wind conditions made it difficult both for the sailors and the race committees. The weather forecast had promised excellent sailing conditions with wind between 12 and 15 knots, however the sailors and the racing comittees had to struggle with very shifty and unstable winds between only four and seven knots.

At midday races were started in all classes, but the initially established soutwesterley wind with seven knots quickly veared to 190º, with windshifts up to 30º, decreasing in strength. The Ynglings were not able to finish the race within the time limit in those conditions, and their race was abandoned on the last leg. All the other classes finished their races. In Bravo area (470 and Mistral), after several hours of waiting the race committee decided to postpone the races. The Laser groups in Charlie area were able to start a second race, whilst the other classes in this area (Europe and Finn) were not able to complete any more races. In Delta area enough wind was blowing to complete three races in the Tornado class and two in the Yngling class. The 49er class racing on Alfa area completed all the programmed four races today.
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