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5 December 2013, 03:45 am
Fresh To Frightening For Race Day Four
Fresh at the moment...
Fresh at the moment...

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Fresh breezes look set to prevail for the fourth day of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.
As competitors arrived at the Sandringham Yacht Club, they were greeted with a cold handshake from the 20kt southerly breeze.

An eye-flick out on the water showed there were plenty of white breaking waves on Port Phillip Bay.

According to Predictwind.com, the forecast for Port Phillip winds is that at 9.00 they would average 20kts and build throughout the day.

Officials on the water, at 9.30 reported winds gusting over 25kts. Forecasts produced by Predictwind.com are average wind strengths only and gusts are usually 5-8kts higher. Factor that into the average speeds and you have reality for the competitors.

The sea state is the critical factor, and yesterday's seas of 4-6ft were on the top of the range for some classes, the 49er fleets in particular. Sea conditions today are worse, and are not expected to improve.

Winds are expected to increase to as high as a 29kt average later in the afternoon, and racing is not expected to take place today.

Officials have hoisted the postponement ashore for all classes, and they will wait to see if there is a moderation in the conditions.

Had racing started on time, the 49er and 49erFX would have started at 11.00 to sail four races and catch up on their race schedule, after dropping one race because of the sea condition yesterday.

The other classes scheduled for a start at noon, were brought forward an hour, also to 11.00, however it seems unlikely they will race today.

Despite some very confused weather patterns on Port Phillip over the past two days, Predictwind.com has been accurate in the strength, direction and timing of changes - and that pattern is expected to continue today.

Hurry up and wait, to use another piece of sailing idiom, seems to be order of the day.

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