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10 August 2008, 02:37 pm
Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center Examiners Get To Work
Measurement at the 2007 Test Event
Measurement at the 2007 Olympic Test Event

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

Measurement of competing vessels in nine of the 11 Olympic fleets got off to a smooth start on Saturday.
Olympic Sailing tests boat handling and sailors' tactical abilities as all boats have to be as identical as possible and within strict measurement tolerances.

"It is important that everyone is on an even playing field," said Dick BATT (GBR) chairman of the ISAF Measurement Team. "Everything is going smoothly and we are reaping huge benefits from the work that we did last year and the year before [in Olympic test events]."

The measurement process will take six days. Star and Tornado racing is due to start on 15 August, so measurement of those fleets will start on 6 August.

Barry JOHNSON (AUS), the 49er Class Measurer, allocated two hours to each of the 19 boats in the 49er fleet. "We check more here than we do at the World Championships because we have more time and far fewer boats," he said.

JOHNSON ran a measurement clinic prior to the 2006 and 2007 Olympic Test Events for all of the measurement team volunteers.

Some sailors zipped through the process on Saturday, while others spent the better part of the day in the measurement tent. Flotation and rudders are being removed from, and inspected on, all boats in classes such as the Yngling.
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