Friday promises to be an action-packed day at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition after all races were postponed today as the wind deserted Qingdao.
With no racing today, tomorrow's schedule has been amended and with stronger northeasterly winds forecast it looks set to be an extremely busy day seven at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center. The first starts in the Finn and Yngling fleets are scheduled for 12:00, with the intention of giving both fleets time to complete the final three races of their Opening Series ahead of their Medal Races on Saturday 15 August. The Laser and Laser Radial fleets will also start at 12:00 and will utilise their reserve day with three races scheduled. Three races are also scheduled for the 49ers. The two RS:X fleets will use their second reserve day with races 5 and 6 of their Opening Series scheduled. Finally the Tornado and Star fleets will sail their first two races of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition in front of the spectators on the breakwater and television cameras on course area A.
You can see the updated schedule when posted and view all the results so far on our Results Centre here
and also read the Official Communication detailing the schedule and course changes in our Protests & Communications area here
The 49er, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, Yngling and Men's and Women's RS:X fleets were held ashore at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center today with a sea fog hanging over Fushan Bay and little sign of any breeze. The Race Committee carefully monitored all five race course areas, but unfortunately the wind did not increase sufficiently to make for sailable conditions, with the maximum breeze recorded just a fraction over 4 knots and wind direction extremely inconsistent. The AP over A flag was raised just after 16:00 local time, signalling the postponement of all of today's races.
Forecasters are predicting stronger wind conditions over the coming days, with wind speeds increasing to around 5-10 knots tomorrow and 8-14 for Saturday, the first day of Medal Races.
With the final three races scheduled of the Opening Series, tomorrow is going to be a crucial day in the Finn and Yngling fleets. The British Yngling trio of Sarah AYTON
, Sarah WEBB
and Pippa WILSON
(GBR) hold a five-point lead over the Dutch crew of Mandy MULDER
, Annemieke BES
and Merel WITTEVEEN
and have the big advantage of currently excluding a much lower score. The American team of Sally BARKOW
, Carrie HOWE
and Debbie CAPOZZI
lie third overall, 16 points off the lead but will be confident after winning their first race of the series yesterday.
Although Ben AINSLIE
(GBR) holds a six-point advantage over Zach RAILEY
(USA) in the Finn fleet, racing is even more on a knife edge. Both sailors are excluding similar scores from their points' totals and therefore any mistakes on the race course will be instantly reflected in the overall standings. Guillaume FLORENT
(FRA) is also within striking distance, 11 points off the gold medal position.
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