Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Situation normal – covers stay on

It was situation normal at the Finn European Championship in Split,
Croatia. For the fourth time in a row at a major Finn event this year,
the first day has been lost with the fleet held on shore.

Once again the sailors whiled away the day sat on shore watching the
weather, and finding ways to entertain themselves as the rain pattered
down and later observing the stillness of the Adriatic as the ships
arrived and departed. When the rain finally stopped the wind filled
in, but within 30 minutes it had all but gone. Predictions were
plentiful, but the result was always going to be the same. One day
down, no races counted.

The 2010 Finn Europeans had attracted the largest ever entry. After
measurement and registration was completed, 97 entries were recorded
from 26 nations including 25 juniors, accounting for roughly a quarter
of the fleet.

An encouraging number of sailors are new to the fleet with lots of new
juniors here for the first time, some only 16 years old but already
towering over many 25 year old sailors. In fact the average age of
sailors here is just 28, with 40 per cent of the fleet under the age
of 23.

Three races are scheduled for Wednesday starting an hour earlier at
11.00. Everyone is hoping the weather will be kinder tomorrow.

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