For the first day of the 470 World Championships, the ninety-five boat 470 Men were split into three fleets – yellow, blue and red. With the fifty-four boat 470 Women split into two fleets – yellow and blue. The conditions were really tricky, shifty and light winds of around 6 knots, and pressure moving all over the course, with only one race completed for all fleets.The two Canadian 470 Women teams competing both have the same mission, qualify Canada and their team for the Olympic Games. Between them, it was advantage Dana Archibald/Karen Dexter with a 9th place finish in the yellow fleet, over Hannah Meers/Erin Flanagan with a 20th in the blue fleet. Archibald explained, "Basically we are trying to keep it simple, good start, stay clean and not get psyched out by the whole thing. There is a lot of pressure on a lot of teams and we are trying to use support from home for encouragement, rather than letting the pressure get in our heads and mess up our game plan."
470 Men's team Ramsay & Leigh, also trying to secure their spot in London, had a challenging start to their regatta, with long waits onshore taking it's toll, placed 22nd in the first day of qualifying rounds.
Great video recap of the day. You can spot the Canucks a few times!
Day 1 Highlights
Racing is scheduled to get underway at 1200 hours tomorrow, with the same fleet allocations as today. sea breeze of 9-12 knots should be in around 1300 hours and building from thereon.