The first day of the championship «Sails of White Nights - Palace of Congresses Cup» was marked by the presence of the sailing elite - the general secretaries of the three governing sailing organizations: Jerome Pelz - ISAF, John Friend - EUROSAF and Oleg Ilyin - VFSU and no wind and therefore no racing.
There was some hope that the race would take place first thing in the morning. A fresh breeze was blowing, but a pennant on the judging boat indicated that the race had been postponed. The weather was capricious: the wind was changing not only in strength but also in direction.
« It seems these clouds will not allow us to put to the water safely", complained Felix Ome, German
Soon the competitors were convinced that they would have to content themselves with a festive programme and cocktails.