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5 July 2007, 08:36 pm
Day 3: Morning Report
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ISAF Sailing World Championships 2007
Cascais, Portugal

It is a another bright and sunny day in Cascais at the ISAF Sailing World Championships and out on the racing areas the wind speed is expected to increase for the second consecutive day. The Finn and Yngling fleet launch into their opening races today, whilst the gold fleet will be decided after two more races in the Star.
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Today, the third day of racing in Cascais, will be the first with action on all five of the racing areas. Two races are scheduled for each of the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, Yngling and Tornado fleets.

In the Lasers there is already plenty of pressure on some of the pre-regatta favourites, with the likes of Tom SLINGSBY (AUS), Gustavo LIMA (POR) and Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) all posting a score in the 20s after getting stuck in a big hole in yesterday's opening race.

In the Laser Radials, Lijia XU (CHN) has established herself as a clear favourite with two runaway wins yesterday. Amongst the Stars there are some big names with a battle on their hands just to make the gold fleet. Hans SPITZAUER and Nehammmer HANS-CHRISTIAN (AUT) and George SZABO and Scott ANDREW (USA) are hovering either side of the crucial cut-off spot at 31st place.

Laser Radial

It should be another terrific day of racing, with bright sunshine and the Nortada wind a little stronger than yesterday, with the forecast for gusts over 20 knots on the outer race courses. After a very windy evening yesterday a big swell is also predicted, with waves up to 2 metres.

About The 2007 ISAF Worlds

Over 1,300 sailors from 76 nations are competing at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships, from 28 June-13 July in Cascais, Portugal. 'The Wind Is Calling' is the official motto for the 2007 Worlds. The Championships are the principal qualification regatta for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, with 75% of all national places to be decided.

All Media wishing to attend the Championships will require accreditation. On-site accreditations only will be available after 31 May.

For all the news on the ISAF Sailing World Championships 2007 CLICK HERE.

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