The Etchells World Championship 2012 are being held offshore of Sydney Heads. On day 2, racing has been abandoned for the 74-boat fleet due to large seas and heavy wind conditions.
Etchells World Championship Sydney Australia February 2012. Boat returning to the Sydney Royal Yacht Squadron - John Savage sailing ’Southern Light’ (Sail no 1226)
PRO Ross Wilson said, 'the conditions when we first went out were reading about 23 knots with a big set which was whipping up the seas to about a four metre swell; certainly unsafe for the Etchells sailors. 'We were hoping on a forecast of the breeze easing for the day, but as we went out the second time, just before 1300 hours, we recorded over 36 knots. So it was an increase of another 10 knots and the seas were worse.'
The race committee then announced abandonment of racing for today. It is intended that there will two races tomorrow. Then two races on Thursday, two on Friday and one on Saturday.
'The forecast for tomorrow looks absolutely perfect and improving as the week goes on. We are confident we can get back on track,' Wilson said.
The Etchells World Championship 2012 will be conducted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in conjunction with the Sydney Etchells Fleet from February 16th to 25th.
The Etchells World Championship is sponsored by Telstra, Oatley Wines, Nautica Watches, Gill, North Sails, CUB/Peroni, Barz Sunglasses, Hamburg SUD, Jackson Shipping, PredictWind and Yachting NSW Boat Insurance.