The World Championships have got underway in the Yngling class, the new women's Olympic Keelboat discipline.
The World Championships are taking place at Lake Lucerne, Brunnen, Switzerland, and racing is guaranteed to be exciting as racing takes place on a lake surrounded by a picturesque back drop of mountains that make for shifty and tricky sailing conditions.
The fleet has been split into two separate disciplines with boats racing in an open fleet and also a separate women's fleet, which has an entry of 46 boats. The top five finishing nations in the women's fleet will secure their place for the 2004 Olympic Games. Those nations who miss out this time will have another chance at the 2003 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cadiz, Spain, where six more nations will qualify, and the last three places will be decided in 2004. The host nation, Greece, will automatically have an entry in the event. It will then be the decision of each nation as to which crew represents them at the 2004 Olympics.
After a postponement on shore waiting for the wind to show its face, it finally appeared and boats left the shore at 12.30 pm. Two races were sailed in shifty conditions, which saw many race leaders throughout each of the races.
Both races saw different race winners, but the tricky conditions made for a high scoring first day.
Racing continues through until Friday, with a lay day on Wednesday, although the feeling is that racing will continue right through as the forecast looks set to go light towards the end of the week and the race committee want to make sure that they fit in the ten race series.
There were no results available at the time of writing.