2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Day 3

After rain comes sunshine, but wind would be even better.

As forecast yesterday, it was a grey and wet affair today at Jinha Beach. But the wind that was promised to blow in the morning never showed up. Though there was a slight increase of wind in the course of the morning that was enough to lure the race committee out to check the conditions, the average wind speed never came close to levels suitable for competition. And so the third day of the 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup was spent in a holding pattern.

With one eye on the conditions, most sailors used the lack of wind to their advantage and tuned into that other major sports event taking place on the far end of the world. During a big communal lunch in a Jinha Beach hotel, the PWA's boxing enthusiasts watched Mayweather beat Pacquiao in what was hyped to be the fight of the century.

Straight after the closing bell, the entire fleet made their way to the main stage on the south end of the beach for the official opening ceremony of the 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup. Undeterred by the rain, hundreds of spectators and numerous officials had made their way to Jinha Beach to greet the world's slalom elite and wish them luck in the competition. The show delivered fireworks in both the literal and figurative sense of the word, with encouraging speeches from many officials and great performances by local acts.

Flick through the image gallery for today's pictures of the opening ceremony and life at Jinha Beach as the event is set to move into its final three days. Also be sure to check the equipment the sailors chose to register for the event here. Tomorrow marks the return of sunny weather and with it an offshore wind that looks sailable on paper. Another day means another chance to get a result in, so join us again tomorrow as we'll kick off the day with the skipper's meeting at 09:00. 

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