After a few days of rest, training and tuning after the Rolex Miami OCR the teams have finished measurement and are ready for racing today the ISAF Grade W Yngling World Championship.
The measurement took place over Friday and Saturday and after a tune up the first race of the regatta will be sailed on Sunday.
The venue for the regatta as the US Sailing Centre in Miami and the race area is just outside in Biscayne Bay. The weather forecast is good with promises of reliable winds for the coming days.
Much is at stake at this Championship since it is the second nation qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games. Ten nations qualified for the Games in last year's ISAF Sailing World Championships
in Cascais, Portugal. With China already qualified as host nation there are four more nations that will qualify in Miami.
The defending World Champions are Sarah AYTON
, Sarah WEBB
and Pippa WILSON
(GBR) and they remain the team to beat. A fifth place for AYTON's team in the recent Miami OCR showed that the margins are very small in the Yngling fleet and that many teams have the experience and capacity to win this Championship.
Eighty-four sailors in 28 teams from 19 nations and five continents are participating in this World Championship. For complete list of entry, result and more information see the event website or www.yngling.org
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Yngling World Championship - www.ussailing.org/olympics/ynglingworlds/index.asp