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30 October 2003, 02:56 pm
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KL Booster

ISAF Youth Multihull Evaluation Event

Today, day four of the ISAF Multihull Evaluation Event, started with lights winds and rain, but with a repeat performance of yesterday, the wind increased to 30 knots this afternoon.
Considering the forecast, today's programme was to have two speed tests and two races, with the crew rotating between each.

This morning's first speed test saw 18 knots of breeze from the south, and a chop of .5 metre, producing very different conditions in the Bay of Quiberon compared to yesterday. . The Hobie 16 original again showed its upwind pace, and with a higher platform (trapeze) performed through the waves a bit better. However, it was once again the Stream that showed good upwind speed, but with continual pressure from the KL Booster and the Hobie Max.

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The crews were then rotated for the second race, which started in similar conditions. This saw the Nacra Blast showing some excellent upwind speed in the heavier conditions, and coming to the top mark third behind the KL Booster and the Hobie 16 original. The race was however abandoned after gear damage to four of the boats.

Respecting the increasing wind, all testing was abandoned for the day, with the sailors able to free-sail the boats.

Weather permitting, tomorrow sees two final speed tests and two more races.

The Evaluation Panel have taken every opportunity to talk to the crews to gain an insight into each boat. All crews have completed a questionnaire after sailing each boat so that a complete analysis of each competitor's feedback on each boat can be reached.

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