days 2, no racing 1... By
Langkawi, Malaysia: Ever since the low pressure system, crossed
the coast North of Langkawi on Sunday night, it has left a vacuum in its
trail, leaving regatta participants hoping there'll be wind, despite the
dismal weather forecasts. For the first 2 days, racing was possible in
4 to 7 knots, but today it failed to arrive, in any strength or direction.
Wisely the postponement flag was displayed onshore and the crews had a
lengthy breakfast, that turned into lunch and resisted temptation for
a cold brew. Listening to the VHF radio, as PRO Simon James received wind
readings from the mark boats, scattered around the racing area, was disheartening
for the keen racers. At 1330 as we fast approached the 1400 cut off time,
the decision was finally made to cancel today's racing. Then came the
rush to the bar for a fistful of drinks.
doesn't look any better for the rest of the week, but sailors are a very
resilient lot and will go through the same motions as today, until the
end of the regatta on Saturday. Hopefully we can increase the racing days
and keep the no racing days to a minimum.
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