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14 September 2003, 08:19 am
The Morning Report
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Monica AZON (ESP)and crew after winningthe 2002 Yngling Worlds

2003 ISAF World Championship
Bay Of Cadiz

With the winds down, and the Opening Ceremony over, today sees the final qualification races for the Europe fleet, and the opening qualification for the Yngling.
Day 4 sees a distinct contrast to yesterday, the wind conditions have eased, with barely a flutter this morning. The forecast is a westerly of 5 knots, increasing to 10 knots from the southwest, before veering totally south and an increase to 15 knots.

We will see how this favours the Yngling girls. At yesterday's scheduled practice race, no Ynglings dared risked themselves in the strong conditions, so today will be their first racing in the course area. Sailing at the recent Yngling Open Worlds, it was Betsy ALISON (USA) who won in the mixed fleet, indeed women claimed the top 7 places. Betsy and crew also lay claim to being the world's top ranked Yngling sailors.

With Hannah SWETT (USA) and crew selected to represent the USA at the final test event in Athens, the Athens Regatta 2003, it will be interesting to see how these two crews square up. However, for the American crews, this World Championship is not so much about Olympic qualification but their own performances. Regardless of any crew's placing at the Worlds, the sailors selected to represent the USA at the 2004 Olympic Regatta will be based on the results of the US Sailing organised Olympic trials in February 2004.

However, sailing on home turf the pressure will also be on Monica AZON (ESP), the defending Yngling World Champion. With this result, she qualified Spain to the 2004 Olympic Regatta, but one of her crew at the time, sister Sandra AZON, can now be found in the 470 fleet.

To get the low down on the Yngling Fleet, read ISAF's Runners and Riders.

For the Europe sailors, after yesterday's crunching conditions many of them will be relieved the conditions have eased, but will be hoping the wind fills in earlier rather than later.

Today measurement concludes for the Mistral fleets, and this afternoon will see their first practice race, before their qualification series commence tomorrow.

Measurement in the Star fleet also concludes today, with their official practice race today.

Over in the single-handed dinghy men Finn fleet, measurement gets underway for three days, with their qualification races starting on Wednesday 17.
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