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Sailing - 15. August 2007.

Olympic Test Event sees a windless first day



With the weather buoys out in Fushan Bay hovering around 4 knots, it was a frustrating day for the sailors who were eager to get their regatta underway. The Finn, Tornado, 49er and the 470 men’s and women’s classes made it out to their respective race courses, but the Star and RS:X men’s and women’s fleets were confined to shore as race officials waited to see if the wind would eventually appear.

 

In the 470 women’s fleet, world bronze medallists Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark had a disappointing first race, as they were called over the start line early in their only race of the day.

The Star, Tornado, 470 men and RS:X fleets all had their racing abandoned for the day.

With all 11 classes scheduled to race on Thursday, event organisers and sailors will be hoping that the forecasted 6-8 knot winds materialise to get the regatta back on track.

Racing at the 2007 Qingdao International Regatta is scheduled through until Thursday 23 August.

Results

 

470 Women

1. Elsie Rechichi-Tessa Parkinson, Aus (1pt)

2. Marcelien de Koning-Lobke Berkhout (2pts)

3. Stefanie Rothweiler-Vivien Kussatz, Ger (3pts)

GBR

19. Christina Bassadone-Saskia Clark (23pts)

For more news and information from the event, visit http://www.skandiateamgbr.com/events/olytest/olytest.htm

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