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Olympic Sailing: Tornado News
A fleet of world class sailors has gathered in Sydney Australia for several weeks of racing. Currently underway is the Australian Tornado world championship. This will be followed by the class World Championship. Middle Harbour Yacht Club is hosting the event.
Day 1 of the Australian Championship saw 10-15 knots of wind. Winning the first race was the Australian team of Bundock and Forbes. 2nd was the Austrian team of Hagara and Moser with Gaebler and Schhall from Germany 3rd.
The top US boat was Lovell/Ogletree in 13th, with Daniel/Bernier next in 14th. Team Hall Spars was 22nd.
Race 2 again saw the Australian team 1st. The German team moved up from 3rd to 2nd, with the French team of Mourniac/Mourniac in 3rd. This is also the order of the overall standings, with the Australians standing on 2 points, the Germans with 5 and the French with 11.
The US team of Daniel/Bernier stayed consistent again placing 14th. The other USA teams fell off in the 2nd race. Lovell/Ogletree were 23rd and Guck/Schaffer were 28th. Overall these teams places are: 13th,16th and 26th.
While the America's Cup continues across the sea in New Zealand, former America's Cup sailor Chris Dickson is competing in the Tornado Class. Dickson's day 1 results were: 21st and 15th leaving him in 15th place.
What was supposed to be Flight 3 of the Challenger's semi finals instead turned into a day of no racing. Winds above 30 knots prevented racing and encourage some of the boats to call it an early day.
The real star of the day was Rule 14.4 (D). It reads as follows: "In case of such other circumstances when unanimously agreed by the Race Committee and the Race Committee Boat Representatives." This rule was utilized by the competitors. By 1325 in the afternoon Nippon and America True had consulted and made a mutual decision to postpone. Next came Stars and Stripes and France coming to their call @ 1325.
This left Prada and America One still awaiting a race. At 1435 a 1500 start was announced. However, as the boats prepared to race, their representatives and the race committee finally decided enough was enough. There was to be no racing.
The same three matches are again on the
schedule, weather permitting.
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