More than a hundred sandyacht pilots arrived in Lytham St. Anne's last weekend for the?
Aerial View sandyachts
GV ZOOM IN sandyachts
SCU Sign "Germany" ZOOM OUT to German team
CU Man working on sail rigging
SCU People walking past sign "Denmark"
SV Man working on boat with sign in front "France"
SV Woman in sandyacht ZOOM OUT to SV of sail
GV Sir Alec Rose being pushed away in sandyacht
SCU ZOOM OUT to SV Sir Alec Rose firing starting cannon
GV Contestants away
SV ZOOM IN contestants in race
GV Sandyacht past camera
GV & LV Sandyachts
Initials LN/TB/OS KM/TB/OS
SPORT: SANDYACHT RACE
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Background: More than a hundred sandyacht pilots arrived in Lytham St. Anne's last weekend for the opening events of the week-long first worldwide championships in the history of the sport, but lack of wind on Sunday (August 23) caused the first day's programme to be postponed.
An International Jury will decide on which days the postponed races will take place.
Round-the-world yachtsman Sir Alec Rose had his first experience of 'dry land sailing' in the morning, before firing the official starting cannon to begin the races, but before he had gotten too far, his vessel was becalmed.
Racing was scheduled for three classes of yacht, determined upon the size of the sail area, but because of the still air yachtsmen could not get much farther than 50 yards.
Teams representing France, Belgium, Germany, Algeria, Denmark, Holland, New Zealand, the U.S.A. and Great Britain will be taking part in the week's event which will conclude on Friday (August 28) with the presentation of awards in the presence of the mayor of Lytham St. Annes.