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6 August 2002, 02:26 pm
Day One
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Windsurfing World Championship
Largs, Scotland

No wind means no racing on Day One of the Windsurfing World Championship taking place in Largs, Scotland this week.

With nearly 200 competitors from 14 different countries in Largs on the Clyde estuary awaiting the first races of the Windsurfing World Championships for the Aloha, Raceboard and Formula classes, the wind obstinately refused to blow and so no racing has been possible so far.

With visiting competitors from as far afield as USA, Australia, New Zealand and strong international teams from France and Poland today all were held ashore for a long, hot and sticky day waiting for enough breeze to get racing under way.

Forecasters suggest it might be Wednesday before the breeze kicks in, but with only three races required to constitute a World Championship, race officials are confident that the event will start soon.

" It is just one of those facts of life where summer windsurfing events are concerned all over Europe. It's frustrating but everyone is well used to it and very understanding." Explained Jo Dixon, Sailing Development Officer for the Scottish Sailing Institute which, along with Largs Sailing Club, are hosts for the regatta.

Andi Robertson/News Editor
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