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Rain washed out of it on Day 3 of ISAF Sailing World Cup 2014 at Miami

UPDATE January 30th, 2014

No racing once again for the sailors who were  rain washed out of it at Biscayne Bay yesterday.  The Coaches used the downtime to debrief and look at all possible different ways of working with light wind sailing.  Nonetheless the disappointment and frustration must be extreme. Today’s (Thurs) forecast  includes a large band of showers and squalls moving across South Florida.  Rain showers are predicted and some models showing breeze out of the North with 9 to 12 knots of pressure. Another model shows unstable breeze all day around 3 knots.  We will just have to wait and see.

UPDATE January 29th, 2014

Yesterday was another very disappointing day for the 2013 European Laser Radial World Champion, Annalise Murphy who could only manage a 42nd position on Day 2 of the event thus leaving her in 45th position overall in the  51 boat fleet.  Young Sorcha Ní Shuilleabháin from Kinsale YC finished  39th and is now lying five places ahead of Annalise in 40th position.

Tight tactical racing was the name of the game on the second day of  racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami as light breeze tested the patience and nerves of the 580 sailors from 50 nations.

Sailors and their coaches made the most of morning down time for the second consecutive day, as the breeze refused to cooperate early on Biscayne Bay.

The AP flags began to drop around the five sailing venues in Miami between 14:00 and 15:00 local time. Race Committees prepared to fit in one race each during the afternoon session. The local breeze on the bay hit 4 knots by late afternoon, giving the committee hope that racing was possible.

Whilst the sun was out, the breeze came in slowly allowing one race per fleet apart from the RS:X and Nacra 17 fleets that managed to squeeze in two.

Report January 28th, 2014

From 25 January to 1 February 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami returns to the waters of Biscayne Bay, bringing together the world’s top Olympic and Paralympic class competitors.

For the second consecutive day, racing is expected to be delayed until the wind fills in on Biscayne Bay.

The Women’s and Men’s 470 were scheduled to start at 10:00 and 10:15 am, respectively. Eight classes were scheduled to begin between 11:00 and 11:15 am. Four classes are scheduled to start later this afternoon. (Subject to change).

The breeze is expected to hold light today until about 1:00 pm when a 5 knot build is expected out of the southeast. With the sea breeze, pressure will max out around 8 knots later this afternoon. Temperatures in the high 70s.

The regatta is a mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors who are campaigning for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. In 2014, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami is the third of five regattas included in the 2013-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, the sixth edition of the annual series for Olympic sailing.

In the very light wind conditions already experienced at  Biscayne Bay for the ISAF world Sailing Cup 2014, current Laser Radial European Champion, Annalise Murphy  has got off to a very disappointing start and lies 42nd in the 51 boat fleet after two races.  However, there was better news for Sorcha Ní Shuilleabháin of Kinsale Yacht Club currently lying five places ahead of Murphy on 37 points.

Light conditions are again the official forecast for today with a breeze of some five knots expected to fill in from the south east with another frustrating day and great patience required on the part of the sailors with building tension hard to avoid.

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