Solid Start for Brits at World Championships
Following an impressive and vibrant opening ceremony 2 days previously, the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay welcomed the 102 strong fleet of 29ers for the first day of qualifying at the World Championships in Sorrento, Melbourne. A 15 knot steady North Easterly breeze lead to spectacular conditions for the first races, although by the end of the day the breeze had fallen to around 5 knots. 4 flights of 25 boats raced on 2 different courses. A solid start for the Bristish team saw James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald win 2 of their races, and Bleddyn Mon and Tom Humphries win 1, although disappointingly a knot in the spinnaker halyard at the leeward mark lost them first place in another. 2nd places were recorded by Tom Durham and Alex Cooper, Max Richardson and Alex Groves, and Becky Diamond and Fiona Hampshire. Tomorrow"s forecast is for lighter winds. The competitors and supporters are all wishing Mike Wood well following his unscheduled visit to Frankston hospital for an appendectomy.