Mr "No! That centreboard is still too thick" rules in Rio
Francisco Sucari’s Tuesday report from Rio de Janeiro, as Measurement finally concluded: “After the second day of measurement control, all the boats met with the regulations in order to beginning racing on Wednesday. Throughout the day the voice of the rigorous measurer, Alexander Finsterbusch, was heard repeating over and over again, ‘No! That centreboard is still too thick’. More than half of the sailors were spotted ruthlessly sandpapering their centerboards for long hours under the sun. One of the many was Tirso Sanchez who, once their boat was fully approved said, "We are relieved that our centerboard finally met the maximum thickness. Now we only need to concentrate on sailing fast tomorrow and be careful with the currents."
Elsewhere, more relaxed. Francisco Sucari, coommented, "Luckily for us, we didn't have any troubles with our centerboard, so we could concentrate 100% on our boat. The key for tomorrow is to have a good night's rest and maintain the concentration throughout the day." The Chilean fleet were also present during the day as they waited long hours with their boats before they got the last "OK" from the Measurer.
The forecast for tomorrow is of light winds and lots of sun as the 2008 420 South American Championship gets under way.