by Joy Dunigan
At the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship, racing has been cancelled for opening day, hosted by the prestigious Yacht Club Porto Rotondo (YCPR) in coordination with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), B.Plan Sports & Events (BPSE) and Melges Europe.
Melges 32 World Championship
According to PRO Hank Stuart, 'The official word is, at 09.00 we displayed AP over A, indicating that races are postponed, meaning no more racing for today. At the time of the postponement, the wind was blowing 25 knots, continued mistral conditions throughout the day with the breeze expected to peak at a sustained 30 knots, gusts potentially as high as 40 knots. Very similar to Wednesday.'
'Mistral conditions typically set in for several days, so this is not unusual,' continued Stuart. 'The outlook for Thursday is continued windy in the morning, and we hope by afternoon we see the winds decrease enough for racing.'