Gale force winds and gusts in excess of 70 km/h forced race officials to postpone the first official practice sessions and BRM Qualifying until tomorrow.
Nineteen boats and nine teams will line up for the start of a flagship series run by H2O Racing that will take them to France, China and back to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah for the final two races of the season in December, however the wind was just too strong to permit drivers safely on to the Arade River course on the Algarve.
UIM Commissioner Luis Ribeiro said;
The issue was not just the wind. We had the tides to content with and they dictate what we do.
Where the circuit is set on the Arade River means we only go out at high tide or just below that period because of the depth of water.
Luis Ribeiro – Photo: Arek Rejs