Already the winds are showing a bit more than was forecast, despite changing direction. Even though there is no action of yet the crowds are still making the most of the festival atmosphere. It is possibly busier today than any other day so far.
Sailors will almost certainly be using their biggest sails, most have registered 10 - 10.5 metres which will go on production boards of about 130litres and 85cm wide. This board needs to cover a big sail and wind range. One thing that the sailors do have leeway over is the fins. The top guys have got quivers of up to 10 fins, to try and sneak ahead in the stakes. The most common makes are Deboichet and Techtonics.
The course has been set quite close to shore so we can see the action well, it is also most likely to be a downwind style course, although it will be interesting to see how they vary the legs.
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Photo Credit: Clyde Waite