31 Oct 2010

Winds wreak havoc at World Rowing Championships

4:49 pm on 31 October 2010

The rest of the opening day's competition at the World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro has been called off because of choppy conditions.

A strong south easterly wind forced organisers to suspend racing after five heats.

The organisers say it's likely the 27 postponed races will be held prior to Monday's scheduled races.

All ticket holders from Sunday will get free entry.

The organisers are also concerned about bad weather forecast for Thursday.

Five races were run in the morning before the day was called off.

The first New Zealand rowers on the lake, the men's light weight coxless pair of Jame Oberlin-Brown and James Lasshe, comfortably won their heat and go striaght into the final.