16th of December 2005, Australia, 2005 Formula Windsurfing Championship

Melbourne reports(CET)

by Ceri Williams
09:35 | Race 6 men -FRA192 ;ARG 3;ITA1;....
Race 7 women -AUS911 ;POL 8 ;POL 4...

No more racing today .
Overall leaders FRA192 and AUS911

First start tomoorrow at 10.00

08:30 | race 6 men and race 7 women under way -the final race of the day .

06:58 | Race 6 men abandoned after the finish .
Race Officer posted a change of course -and sailors are on hold on the beach for a restart of Race 6 .Ten sailors blag flagged will not be able to start in the resail of race 6 !

06:45 | Sailors are under a black flag -out of race 6 -NED57;POL25;NED0 ;FIN10;GBR 83 .
Race 6 for men are away on third attempt .

06:31 | A second start and second general recall.

06:19 | Mens start Race 6 - general recall!!

06:14 | ladies finish Race 6 ....AUS911;POL1 ; GBR 95..men getting ready to start

05:59 | Men are going out for the start of Race 6...a really nice steady seabreeze , and we hope for a full set of races today .

05:16 | Race 6 for ladies has started -men will be called out very soon .

04:44 | sailors still on hold .winds are reaching 10>12 knots ..but also dropping to 6 , particularly on the start line .

02:58 | 6>8 knots and building from the right direction .!

02:45 | next announcement in one hour

02:36 | Alison has returned from a further vist to a specialist. As ever the recommendation is not to race -but for sure if the wind gets up , she will test her condition with a view to continue racing .
Sailors are on hold on the beach - but have spent the morning in Elwood SC reviewing the action on the water yesterday-from the GPS tracking units fitted to top sailors .
The coverage has provoked huge interest and has kept the sailors entertained since the skippers briefing .
The race committee are hopeful of racing from mid afternoon .

23:45 | Some good news , some bad news to report regardng sailor injuries .
ITA 3(Beverino's) start line crash on wednesday resulted in him visiting the hospital to receive stitches in a deep cut to his elbow .He returned yesterday to finish 17th in both race 4 andrace 5 .
Not such good news for BRA999 (Wilhelm Schurmann) who has his arm in plaster and a brken thumb , a resul of a catapult .
Advised by the doctors to get an operation asap (a tleast within 3 days) Willhelm left for home early this morning -we wish him well and a speedy and successful recovery .
We await further news from AUS911 (Allison Shreeve) regarding her condition .A collision with a male competitor reslted in a visit to casualty and an X-ray on a lower leg injury .
Desite signifcant discomfort , she finished the last race of the day in first place .

23:10 | The day dawnedovercast and muggy , following an earlymorning thunderstorm . we expect a light northerley breeze to drop and swing to south west and build into a good sea breeeze this afternoon .So we will be on hold for some hours i think.
News from the beach and this mornings briefing will follow shortly .

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