The Yngling Open World Championship was officially opened on Sunday by local dignitaries and 86 competitors from 20 nations took to the waters off Warnemünde, Germany for the first day of racing yesterday.
The Race Committee faced a daunting task, as winds shifted through a 360 degree range over the course of several hours. The start of race one was postponed for a while as officials jockeyed the line into position with the breeze shifting back and forth from west to north, and varying widely in velocity.
On the second attempt to get a start off, seven boats suffered a black flag disqualification, so on the third the fleet was a bit more timid on their approach to the line. As the group headed up the beat, the breeze continually died and clocked hard to the right. The Race Committee abandoned the race and sent everyone back to the harbour to await further developments. Mid-afternoon looked no better and racing was abandoned for the day.
Three races had been scheduled for the first day of the series with the same scheduled for today (Tuesday). Racing will commence with the re-sail of race #1. The forecast looks better with the passing of a frontal system for continuation of the 10 race series.
The competition is set to be fierce as all but one of the top 20 ISAF World Ranked women's teams will be fighting it out against the top open teams, including defending champion Claus Hoj Jensen from Denmark. This event will be one to watch as a warm up for the Women's World Championship taking place at the ISAF World Championship in Cadiz in September.