Mistral delays start of OK Dinghy Europeans in Bandol

It was Mistral 2: OK Dinghy Europeans 0, on Wednesday with 35-38 knots of wind blasting the bay of Bandol on the first day of the 2022 OK Dinghy European Championship.

After the practice race was also lost on Tuesday, now two days racing have been lost due to the very strong winds batting the coast. Hopefully this is the last day of strong winds and racing can finally begin on Thursday. 80 OK Dinghies from 11 countries are poised to take part and eager than ever to take to Bandol’s beautiful bay.

With a wind warning already in place, an early AP was hoisted with an update scheduled at 13.00. However the wine had come out long before then, and with the mistral still pumping in the bay, racing was abandoned for the day.

The bay’s loss was the town’s win though with 80 sailors heading for the bars and restaurants to kill the afternoon before the free beer was served.

The forecast for Thursday is for much less wind, so three races are scheduled from 11.00. Racing continues until Saturday.

Gallery so far can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/okdia/albums/72177720302457253

Event website including results and notice board: 2022.okeuropeans.org

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