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24 May 2005, 11:53 am
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Soling World Championship 2005
Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy

The first of seven scheduled races for the Soling World Championship started but did not finish yesterday afternoon on the waters of Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy.
At the start given at 1600 hours local time, 43 crews from 13 nations squared off under a partially cloudy sky with winds from the south between two and seven knots. The race was then cancelled by the Race Committee at 1835 due to lack of wind.

The start, originally scheduled for 1400, was delayed by the temporary closure of the harbour due to a cruising sailboat that ran aground at the entrance.

After two false starts the race kicked off at 1630 but in the course of the afternoon the wind died down to two knots, shifting dramatically left and the Race Committee decided to cancel the race.

'The grounding at the harbor entrance resulted in a delay of over one hour and a half,' commented Sandro GHERARDUCCI, President of the Race Committee. 'This is certainly a wonderful, but very technical race course. We were hoping for more wind thanks to a squall on the horizon, but the wind died down and turned east. Tomorrow's [today's - Ed] forecast calls for north-westerly winds and we should be able to finish two races.'

The opening ceremony took place on Sunday night in the magical setting of the medieval village. A minute of silence was observed to honor the memory of Dutch sailor Johannes SEGAAR, who passed away while traveling to Italy for the World Soling Championship. Alessandra SENSINI, Italian windsurf Olympic champion and honorary sailing club member, officially opened the Championship, while 13 children paraded on stage, waving the flags of participating nations. Local authorities and media were also present.

Today the first start is scheduled for 1200.

Matias Collins (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Racing got underway, but did not finish yesterday:© James Taylor
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