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11 February 2005, 09:47 am
Wild Conditions For Practice Race
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2005 International 14 World Championship
Takapuna Beach, New Zealand

The practice race for the 2005 International 14 World Championship took place today from Takapuna Beach, New Zealand. The forecast was not encouraging with 20knots from the north expected to increase to 30 knots.
One hour before the start the committee boat reported 18.6 knot averages and 1.5 metre seas which was broadcast to the sailors. Nevertheless 60 boats took to the water for the Practice Race which started on time at 15:00 hours.

14 boats were identified as OCS at the start, 49 rounded the top mark and 19 were recorded as rounding the second mark with the remainder returning to the shore. As wind and seas continued to build only four boats carried on to finish the race, discretion appearing to be the better part of valour on this occasion.

Unfortunately tomorrow's forecast is no better, but hopefully Race One will start as scheduled at 15:00 hours on Saturday 12 February.

Today's four brave crews were the experienced Aussie teams. Congratulations, well done!!

Pos Nation Helm Crew Pts
1 AUS Roger BLASSE Andrew GILLIGAN 1
2 AUS Stewart VICKERY Tim WITHAL 2
3 AUS Robert VICKERY Criss VAUGHAN 3
4 AUS David LuGg Garry GOODALL 4
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