Yesterday the invited sailors from the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings joined the qualifiers from last week to form the gold fleets which will this week battle for the ISAF World Sailing Games titles. However, the crews were forced to wait patiently ashore for much of the day, with a predicted five knot wind failing to materialize until latter in the afternoon. Around the lake the fleets sailed out to the race courses, but by the end of the day only the 49ers, RS:X windsurfers and Hobie Tigers managed to complete any racing.
The long wait ashore yesterday added extra pressure to the start of racing. LEONCHUK says they use the time ashore to perfect the boat, adding there is always something to improve. It is a winners mentality which has so far served the Ukrainians well. Yesterday in the shifty conditions they and MARTINEZ and FERNANDEZ looked in a different class to the rest of the fleet. But LEONCHUK refuse to rule out the other competitors in Austria, saying, 'It's still a long regatta, and I think more boats are going to challenge by Friday. It's just two races so far.'
Although LUKA and LEONCHUK got off to an impressive start yesterday, the Spanish Olympic Champions just had the edge on their rivals. For the Ukrainian pair this will be a trend they will be looking to reverse today, with LEONCHUK saying, 'The aim is always the same when you enter the regatta - you want to win it.'
At this morning's team leaders' meeting, the forecasters pointed to a cold front passing eastern Austria for the calm conditions this morning. However they predicted it should pass within the next couple of hours with a six to eight knot west to north westerly kicking in around 1100-1200 local time.
This breeze should hold through the afternoon with gust around twelve knots, and whilst a wet morning is expected, the rain should clear by the afternoon. The organizers are aiming to complete two races in the gold fleets and also get the racing in the silver fleets underway.
The gold fleets will get things underway, with the first scheduled start at 1100 and the D flag just raised for the Hobie Tiger fleet down in Podersdorf.
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