The biggest ever Radio Sailing World Championship is underway in Vancouver, Canada with 81 competitors from 16 countries fighting it out for the title.
Racing got underway yesterday just after 10am local time with a favourable, northwesterly breeze ...lighter than in the preceding practise racing days and considerably less wave action.
Day One was a 'getting to know you' kind of day. As a good breeze, strengthening in the afternoon, made for near perfect sailing conditions, a few 'first day glitches were working themselves out, according to Steve Kellet AUS 14. In describing the 'shake-out period'- that typically is found at the start of this kind of competition, Kellet observed that, 'I' a combination of everyone getting to know the systems, sailors getting ready to launch properly, and officials getting used to what has to be done'.
In the first heat of the day, everyone finished but in the general bustle of getting organized and started, no one had scored the race! Racers were asked to reassemble and help sort out the placings.
Heat 3C also created controversy, resulting in a protest from a racer from Australia. During the heat, officials ruled that a buoy marker at the start was drifting and they stopped and then abandoned the race, with no racers from that group gaining points or advancing. The protesting racer argued that, as he had been leading at the time, he should be promoted to the next group. After a 30 minute hearing, race jury officials ruled that the racer would receive a first place finish in that heat, gaining the points, but would not advance. One official stated that it had been a frustrating experience, and suggested some rules might have to be revisited.
Jason RHODES CAN 69, suggested that 'beer would help heal the wounds'
as the scorching weather matched tempers at that point. Racing resumed and it was anticipated that the rest of the race heats would be finished in time for sailors to compete at the 'Brits' vs.'The World' soccer match at the University Hill playing fields at UBC.
Leaders after Race 3
1. Craig Smith AUS 147
2. Ante Kovacevic CRO 30
3. Trevor Binks GBR 72