The forecasts predicted that this championship was going to be a windy one and the first day did bring that out. Here is a brief report, copied from the ISCA site: Defending Champ Zimmerman Takes Wild Worlds Race 1 Posted October 07, 2013 Updated at 1 p.m. Oct 7, 2013: UNOFFICIAL Squalls, a tornado watch, and gusts over 40 MPH but Defending Champ Alex Zimmerman is at the top after one race. Dark skies and the threat of hideous weather later in the day greeted sailors on the first morning of the 49th Sunfish World Championship at Lewes Deleware on Monday. The first race started with a stiff southerly that jumped to 30 MPH right at the start immediately separating the leaders from the pack. Things moderated back down into the 20-25 MPH range after 15 min or so, but as the fleet worked its way upwind on the second beat a squall came through with driving rain that felt like little pins on the face. Wind was sustained at over 35 MPH for about 10 min and gusts were approaching 45 MPH. But the sailors kept on. Breakdowns were everywhere and visabiity was down to a few hundred yards at times. In the end Zimmerman took the race, followed by Malcolm Smith of Bermuda and Hank Saurage of the US. All of this is unofficial. Results are not posted yet and the protest period has not passed. The fleet is in for the day as we ride out a coming storm line under a tornato watch. Full results will be posted here once available. PS: It would be so nice if some others would jump in with their thoughts/reflections.