With the forecast wind failing to materialise today, many of the sailors found themselves in an international volleyball match at the venue. Who won? Who knows - but everyone had fun! The only fleet managing a race was the women's keelboat blue fleet.
With the yellow and blue fleet re-seeded for today's racing, it was Christine Briand who again dominated her fleet to take her second successive bullet. Karleen Dixon (NZL) and crew, with whom Briand was tied yesterday, was seeded into the yellow fleet, who did not manage to race. The Italian team skippered by world ranked Sabrina Guriolo obviously preferred today's weather and seeding round, as they took a second place compared to their two 7th places yesterday, closely chased by the Kris Zillman and crew (USA). Full results are available on the event website.
This evening, the well-known Mistral (Northwest wind) should start blowing, increasing throughout the night and remain throughout tomorrow. The wind should keep blowing up to 20/27 knots during the day tomorrow, and gradually decrease towards the end of the day.
On Friday the weather is forecast to be fine here in Marseilles Bay, with a northwesterly wind up to 5 knots veering to southwest 5 to 8 knots in the afternoon.
Programme for Tomorrow - 3 July
First Start at 11:00 hours
Male and Female Sailboard - Bic Techno Formula
Double-handed Male - 470
Female Multihull - Hobie Cat 16
Single-handed Male - Standard Laser /Blue Fleet
Keel boat Female - J22 / Blue Fleet
Keel boat Male - J80 / Blue Fleet
Second Start at approximately 15:00 hours
Double -handed female - 470
Mixed Multihull - Hobie Cat 16
Single Handed Male - Standard Laser / Yellow Fleet
Keel Boat Male - J80 / Yellow Fleet
Keel Boat Female - J22 / Yellow Fleet
ISAF Sailors' Forum
After tomorrow's racing, ISAF will be hosting a Sailors' Forum to give sailors, team leaders and coaches the opportunity to discuss and give their feedback on a number of issues effecting the sport.
A panel - including Paul Henderson - ISAF President, Jerome Pels - ISAF Director of Sailing, Michel Barbier - Chairman of the ISAF Race Management Sub-Committee and member of the Organising Committee for this event, Jane Moon (CAY) who is an ISAF Council member and J/22 sailor, sailors including 2000 Olympic Silver Medallist and world ranking leader in the Laser Class Robert Scheidt (BRA), defending Hobie 16 ISAF Champion Alison Lewis (RSA), Olympic Gold Medallist in the Mistral Class and current leader of the women's boards event here in Marseille Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Hobie 16 World Champion Gavin Colby (AUS), and top international coach Victor Kovalenko (UKR) - will lead the debate and take questions and debate topics from the floor.
Issues to be discussed include the future holding of the ISAF World Sailing Games, One-design racing, effective policing of the Racing Rules of Sailing, current circuit of international events together with a number of topics which have been submitted by the sailors themselves. A report of the debate will appear on the ISAF website on Friday.
Following the forum ISAF and the Organising Committee are hosting a free party - dinner and music - for all the sailors.
ISAF Athlete Participation Programme
The picture accompanying this article is of Michele Jacobs (GUM), who is the only representative here in Marseille from Guam, and her participation marks Guam's first entry ever in the ISAF World Sailing Championship. Michele is racing in the single-handed womens event in the Laser Radial and is another sailor who has benefited from the ISAF Sailor Participation Programme, which has helped to fund her in Marseille. Michele is also benefiting from coaching support and says that she has learnt so much in the one day of racing so far, both from the coaching and by watching the other girls. ISAF wishes her luck.