Gusts of over 30 knots prompted organisers to cancel racing on the second day of the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Buzios, Brazil yesterday.
All day long the flags spread across the venue had remained resolutely flat with winds of 30 knots blowing across the Bay of Buzios and forcing the race committee to first delay and then cancel all scheduled competition.
It was a frustrating day for the 280-plus sailors representing 60 nations, as well as the volunteers, organizations and race officials, particularly as light winds had been forecast. “Today’s wind conditions clearly exceeded the limits for racing and it was simply too dangerous to send the sailors out,” said Walter Boddener, principal race officer.
“Tomorrow the forecast is for light and shifty conditions so we will aim to complete the two races scheduled. Following the lay day on Tuesday, the sea breeze should return and will hope to make up today’s cancelled races in better conditions.”
See results from day one here.