14th of September 2009, Spain, 2009 FW Worlds in Santa Pola

Day one

Ceri reports
19:16 | We were unlucky not to get a third race today and validate the championship on the first day. However this was definately a masterful display from reigning world champion , Wojtek Brzozowski, POL10- two bullets in convincing style. For sure he is not going to relinquish the title easily. In the womens fleet a win each for Marta Hlavaty (POL111) and Allison Shreeve (AUS911)

17:55 | the wind dropped , there is a storm coming from the land. The sailors have been sent back to the beach and we have AP over A -no more racing today.

17:44 | one minute to start of race 3 men

17:35 | Men are 5 mins from the warning signal for race 3 ; women have also now been called out for the a third race . It is 15 mins from class flag raised on the beach to a start sequence.
Wind is now 14 >16 knots

17:15 | At the finish - POL111, AUS911, POL19, FRA59..

17:03 | and the downwind gate - POL111, AUS911, POL19, EST84

17:01 | leading sailors in mens fleet after 2 races - POl10, FRA86, AUS0, POL126, ITA4, POL11, ARG3, ISR1, POL16, NED13

16:55 | a good start by women - i am having some difficulty with speed nf internet; hopefully i can keep the coverage coming

16:50 | one minute to start of womens race 2 - wind is 20 knots minimum !

16:30 | women are sent out for next race

16:25 | again i lost connection - clear lead at the finish for POL10 ahead of AUS0 , POL126, ITA 4, ...? , GBR83

16:22 | at the second windward - POL110,AUS0, POL126

16:17 | sorry - i lost internet connection - leading race 2 for men : POL10, ISR1, ITA4

16:06 | sailors recalled - POL25 and FRA105

16:05 | individual recall

16:05 | 17 to 20 knots at the windward mark- one minute to the start of race 2 for men

16.05 | first finishers - AUS911, POL111, FRA59, ARM1

15:57 | at the windward mark for 2nd time - AUS911, POL111, ARM1..

15:50 | at the first downwind -- AUS911 just ahead of POL111, followed ARM1, GER77

15:40 | individual recall for race 1 women

15:38 | we have 17 women from 8 countries representing 2 continents

15:35 | warning signal for womens race 1

15:28 | the wind has picked up and is a steady 18>20 knots

15:25 | first finishers - POL10, FRA86, POL11. ITA 4

15:21 | leading sailors have rounded the windward for the second time

15:19 | women are being sent to the starting area

15:13 | they have signalled a change of course by moving the windward further away

15:14 | they are coming very fast to the gate

15:10 | ARG 3, POL10, DEN11, at the first windward

15:08 | 17 knots at the windward mark

15:05 | good start

15:00 | 30 secs to black flag

15:00 |

14:60 | warning signal - 5 mins to rester

14:59 | many sailors ignored the chase boats and sailed to the first mark , but we are nearly ready for the start sequence again

14:47 | general recall - are we surprised ? !

14:45 | last minute

14:44 | there is one mistake on the entry list - we will correct later and move Morane (FRA59) from men to women fleet!

14:44 | the wind is good - both the start and finish are close to the beach. The finish is very close to the spectator stand which ison the shoreline. 5 mins to the start for men.

14:27 | AP is down - 15 mins to the first possible start for mens fleet in the 2009 championship.
Wind is 10/11 knots .

13.40 | We are still waiting for the wind to increase , but it has started to change direction as expected. Meanwhile the competitors are enjoying lunch -everday there are two meals, with drink, provided free of charge . plus as much water as you want and small snacks - tapas- throughout the day !

12:40 | We are now waiting for the wind - it is currently 5/6 knots but not from the favoured direction. It is expected that the thermal breeze will start by middle of the afternoon and steadily increase to 15 knots. The competitors equipment list will be available soon.

12:00 | skippers meeting is about to start. The decision is to race the men in one fleet. Competitor list will be published in a moment

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