Challenging conditions faced the competitors at the first day of racing of the 2010 European Championship.  [more]The event hosted by the Andalusian Sailing Federation has attracted an entry of over 300 boards – 189 Techno 293 competitors, 45 Raceboard youths and masters; and 75 RSX men and women competing in the Kim Lythgoe Memorial New Year’s Race.

With 100 registered in the Techno under 17 boys it was necessary to separate the fleet into two groups – yellow and blue – and it was these racers who were called out to race on the only race area available to the race committee due to the wind and sea conditions.

Although sailing conditions were difficult over the course, the real challenge was sailing from the harbour and down the channel to the open water!  Full credit to the race committee, coaches and support crews for the efficient management of the day’s racing.

After one race it was decided that conditions were no longer suitable, and racing was cancelled for the day so no races for Raceboard youths and masters. The forecast is not good for day 2 – with increased wind and swell a big possibility – but fingers crossed!

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