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13 October 2003, 03:12 pm
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Melges 24 World Championship
San Francisco

Following the culmination of registration and the practice race yesterday, the entire fleet currently amassed at the Melges 24 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, are ready for action, due to start at 10:30 am local time today.
Yesterday afternoon the majority of competitors took part in the practice race, which gave both the sailors and the race committee a chance to warm up. In the time-honoured tradition though, the majority of the fleet did not actually sail through the finish line (who says Melges 24 sailors are superstitious?!).

Away from the sailing, the highlight of the day had to be the stunning air displays laid on as part of Fleet Week (a celebration honouring the US Navy) which featured incredible aerobatics by the Canadian Snow Birds, the American Blue Angels and numerous other aircraft. The spectator fleets made the trip to and from the racecourse quite hectic but the timing of the main displays, just before and after racing, couldn't have been better.

Although racing is due to start this morning, it is expected that there will be a short postponement to allow for the breeze to build to a raceable level, and sailing could well not start until lunchtime for the seventy teams from nine nations. Racing continues until 17 October and full details of the event are available on the website at the address below.
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