First day of racing was marked by the marina full of sails waiting to go but due to lack of wind majority of sailors spent their time waiting, checking the weather pages or shopping.

This morning more entries were confirmed and at 10:00 when the registration closed there was  21 competitors in Laser Radial,  38 competitors in Laser, 25 competitors in FInn, 10 teams in 470 and  7 competitors in RSX , making the total of 101 boats from 12 European countries.

First day of Split Olympic Sailing Week - the organizers had no luck with conditions. Beautiful sunny day without a breath of wind, unfortunately, has not offered possibility to start the competition. Many domestic and foreign sailors have spent the day in anticipation of the wind.

Competition will therefore start tomorrow, first start is scheduled for 11 hours. Forecast is predicting light south winds so possibility of postponement remains for tommorow as well.

"Nothing bad has happened! We have still enough racing days to complete the event. Tomorrow we are expecting better conditions and thus the beginning of the competition. Race area is likely to be a little farther from the coast,which is normal for Olympic sailing classes, but not too far from the eyes of the spectators who will be able to observe from Sustipan hill"

Karlo Kuret , Split Olympic Sailing Week race director

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After Croats, Hungary is most represented nation at this regatta with three 470 teams, ten Finns, four Lasers and six Laser Radials. Weather conditions that kept everyone on land allowed us to talk to Hungarian coaches and ask them couple of questions. This regatta is first in the season for their team and good training for them. It is also important since for some members of their team this is first chance for training on water. Hungarian lakes, frozen during winter, are reason some of them go for a week to Izola, Italy or some other place for training but for some this is first opportunity to sail in the season. Majority of the sailors have been on this regatta before and keep returning because it is fun and great experience for their team.

thumb_SOSW_registracija_jedrilicaraYC Labud marina was busy this morning. Sunny day with no wind gave everyone time to work on their boats and get everything ready for start of racing scheduled tomorrow for 13:00.  At noon registration started for the SOSW. The wind shortage which kept participants on land caused a lot of them to promptly come to the office and register. In first two hours   approximately sixty registrations have been processed.

sosw_press_16032010_9SOSW has been announced on todays press held at SC Labud. Race director Karlo Kuret and members of Labud Sailing Team  Tina Mihelić i Aron Lolić have spoken with press about the event. Split Olympic Sailing Week is one of the most important events in this period of the racing season and decision of several European sailing federeations to include SOSW on  the list of the events that will count for national team ranking.
Despite the bad weather conditions that swept Croatia last week the French/Monaco representation has arrived for the Split Olympic Sailing week. Their journey that was supposed to take 10 hours ended up to be a 2 day adventure due to the snow storms that closed all the roads. In conversation with their coach we found out that this regatta is important to the team because they want to test out the work they did during the winter and since Croatian sailors are always ready and in great form by the start of each season this is perfect opportunity for that. Also they heard of bura (an N-NE wind that often blows in these parts) and they want to get more practice with winds that shift in strength and direction. French/Monaco representation is made of members from Monaco and all over France, including a member from the island of Martinique, and is here to sail in Laser and Laser Radial classes.
Due to insufficient number of entries Split Olympic Sailing Week Organization Committee has decided to cancel regatta for Star and 49er classes.