Super Typhoon Vongfong postpones Busan racing
– Regatta Director Alfredo Ricci hopes to resume racing Tuesday
With winds around 30 knots, and even stronger gusts from the nearby Super Typhoon Vongfong, there was no possibility at all to race in Busan on Monday. The sailors received the disappointing but expected message when gathered for the Monday morning briefing in the 19th floor gym of the Seacloud Hotel:
“From the hotel roof we can clearly see the sea state and feel how much the wind is blowing, well above the limit” Regatta Director Alfredo Ricci stated.
“Even without the Official Warning of Korean Coast Guard, there wasn’t a single chance to sail today” Ricci continued.
The Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the last event on the 2014 WIM Series, will resume racing Tuesday, if the weather allows:
“I have signals that the weather should improve during the night and I really hope we can go back sailing tomorrow” says Alfredo Ricci, well aware of the importance of the regatta.
There is not only a 100 000 USD prize purse for the Korean event at stake, but also the prestige of the Terry J Kohler Perpetual Trophy and the prize money of 50 000 USD for the 2014 WIM Series:
“The main goal for Tuesday is to do the three flights left to complete the two groups of the round-robin. Then we will proceed sailing the remaining flights, to complete a full and fair round-robin” the Regatta Director concludes.
The 2014 Women’s International Match Racing Series is a professional sailing circuit, hosted by the Women’s International Match Racing Association for the world’s leading women match racing sailors. In match racing the crews meet two by two in exciting duels that can easily be followed and understood by the spectators.
An overall prize purse of 50 000 USD will be distributed by the WIM Series at the final event in Busan, Korea, in addition to the prize money at each of the five events included in the WIM Series (date, event name, location, boat type, prize money):
* June 3-8, ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Cork, Ireland, J/80, 17 000 USD.
* July 24-27, Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan, Vannes, France, Beneteau 7.5, 14 000 USD.
* August 4-9, Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden, DS 37, 50 000 USD.
* September 23-28, Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, USA, Elliott 6, 10 000 USD.
* October 11-16, Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Busan, Korea, K 30, 100 000 USD.
The WIM Series is hosted by WIMRA. Sebago is clothing partner. Official suppliers are Sailnet, 1080 Media, MILK, Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan, Adstream and Match Racing Results Service.
Images: A number of hi-res images are available for download on www.wimseries.com/media/
More information about the Women’s International Match Racing Series:
WIM Series Press Officer Joakim Hermansson, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 70 604 25 04
WIM Series Manager Liz Baylis, Liz@wimseries.com, +1 415 691 6202
The Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race is hosted by the Busan Sailing Federation, with the support of the Metropolitan City of Busan.
More information about the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race:
Busan Cup Organizing Committee Jay Lee, email@example.com, +82 10 8745 5754
Busan Cup Press Contact Seon Young Jeon, firstname.lastname@example.org