by Di Pearson
The SAP 505 World Championship 2011 is being held at Hamilton Island in Queensland (AUS). The weather gods are not playing ball.
Hamilton Island rain
Race Officer Kevin Wilson had to abandon racing today due to gusty winds and big seas.
Wilson and his crew made a number of trips to the course area, but came back with the same answer each time, 'It’s just not safe.'
Mike Martin (USA) the 2009 505 world champion, and his crew Geoff Ewenson, decided to test the waters for themselves, so took their boat for a sail. While the heavy weather specialists were able to keep the boat afloat, it became blatantly obvious that it was not a day for the fleet to race.
Carter Jackson gets the no-racing news from Kevin Wilson via phone - Christophe Favreau pic - SAP 505 Worlds 2011 Day 4
Everyone else watched from the safety and warmth of shore as the Americans mastered the waves and big gusts, which reached 40 knots at times.
Ian Pinnell, the 2008 world champion from Britain, along with some others, chose to take a dip in the pool in the teeming rain as all waited for news of what tomorrow would bring.
Kevin Wilson said, 'We’ll try to hold two races tomorrow and may move the course to the Whitsunday Passage.'
That decision would be made tomorrow morning, but Wilson plans to get racing underway from 10.00am.