The Soling Fleet World Championship starts in earnest on Monday at Marblehead in USA.
The fleet of 25 boats represents eight nations - Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Hungary, Netherlands, Virgin Islands, and the U.S.A.
It is small, but includes two World Champions - the current champion, Gustavo Warburg (ARG) and the 1985 champion, Dave Curtis (USA), two North American Champions - the current champions, Jurgen and Martin Johnsson (USA) and Bill Abbott (CAN), the current South American Champion - Renaldo Cunha (BRA), the current U.S. Champion - Don Cohan (USA), the three-time World Masters Champion - George Wossala (HUN), the 2001 Canadian Champion - John Morgan (ISV), the current Dutch Champion - Johan Offermans, the 1984 Atlantic Coast Champion and 1988 European Lakes Champion - Stu Walker (USA), two West Coast Champions - Jim Medley (USA) of Seattle and John Walton (USA) of San Diego, and Great Lakes Champion - Charlie Kamps of Milwaukee.
With this list of previous champions, there can be no last in this fleet!
A practice race on the championship course off Marblehead Neck in the open Atlantic Ocean will be conducted Sunday afternoon. The nine race championship series will begin Monday and finish Friday (with Saturday as a spare day).
Winds (as presented in the program by local sailor and Regatta Chairman, Dave Curtis) are expected to be light to moderate local and ocean sea breezes, strong northwesterly gradient winds following the passage of cold fronts, and strong northeasterly gradient winds associated with low pressure systems.
Marblehead's world famous Eastern Yacht Club which has managed numerous international events in these waters and most recently the 2001 Finn Gold Cup will host the Championship.