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Racing at World Cup sailing postponed due to thunderstorms and lack of wind

2020-02-14T08:34:08.400Z

The races at the World Cup sailing in Australia were canceled on Friday because the wind is quiet in the water at Geelong. The medals will be distributed on Saturday.



The races at the World Cup sailing in Australia were canceled on Friday because the wind is quiet in the water at Geelong. The medals will be distributed on Saturday.

"Today there is no wind and there are many showers", say 49er FX sailors Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz, who are currently ninth in the rankings. "Thunderstorms were also predicted, so no weather for sailing."

First two regular races are sailed on Saturday, followed by the medal race. "Good wind has been predicted. Then we can sail three more races and see where we end up," said Bekkering and Duetz, who as reigning world champions in the 49er FX class cannot yet convince in Australia.

The duo has already been placed for the Olympic Games. Bart Lambriex and Pim van Vugt hope to qualify for Tokyo at the World Cup. They must therefore finish in the first eight in the 49er class; they are currently sixth.

"It's a shame we couldn't sail today", the duo says. "But tomorrow we are not going to do things differently than the other days. Just sail as well as possible."

An extra race will be sailed at the Laser Standard World Championship on Saturday. The World Cup in that class will only be closed on Sunday. Rutger van Schaardenburg is currently tenth, Duko Bos is the number twenty.

Source: nunl

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