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15 October 2013, 04:10 am
Breeze Whipping Up Ahead Of Second Day Of ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Patricia Freitas (BRA) on the opening day
Patricia Freitas (BRA) on the opening day

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Qingdao, China

Strong cool winds are whipping their way around Qingdao, China ahead of the second day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao.
As the cool front came in early on the opening day it made for exciting racing for the 131 sailors from 24 nations racing across six classes in the inaugural event of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup.

Temperatures on the opening day reached 23 degrees but have dropped to 13-14 degrees on the second day.

A northerly wind around 26 knots will be fairly consistent throughout the day with gusts up to 33 knots out on the race track.

One metre waves and 2.1 knots of current are working their way through Fushan Bay and could test the sailors if racing gets underway.

Alpha course will track the Laser and Laser Radial fleets and 2D and 3D tracking can be viewed here.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao offered Laser, Laser Radial and Men's and Women's 470 sailors supplied equipment with many of the international teams opting to follow this route.

Getting in early ahead of racing and continually fine tuning the boat was South Africa's Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson who are enjoying a full four year Olympic campaign after a rushed 18 month campaign for London 2012.

"We're still playing catch up and the target last time was to qualify and we were in a rush to do that with the 18 months we had for that campaign but the target is higher this time round so it's nice to have a bit more time but we're still under a lot of pressure to get where we want."

With time on their hands before racing on Tuesday 15 October Hudson knows tweaks are vital when it comes to 470 racing, "We're in boats none of us are used to, it's also very much a question about who has optimized the boats the most in the last couple days. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

"In theory it should be a leveller but the 470 is such a tricky boat and even though you get a brand new boat you probably need a day or two of work to get all the systems functioning and get everything the way you want it and get everything optimized.

"The ones who can get the best optimization could have a good advantage but in general it's a good leveller to be sailing the same basic equipment."


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