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1 January 2012, 10:12 am
Racing Underway At The Optimist World Championships
Optimist World Championships
Optimist Worlds get underway in Napier, New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand

Lightwind conditions in Napier, New Zealand and it is sailors from Singapore who take the early advantage.
After delays because of light winds, the competitors were led out of the harbour by the Maori waka Nga Tukemata O Kahungunu for the first days racing yesterday.

Two hundred and ten competitors from forty eight countries are in Napier for nine days of racing to challenge for the World Title. Divided into six groups with two racing together in each race, the competition got underway in a light, 7 knot breeze.

The breeze held on long enough for three races yesterday so all groups completed one race at it is sailors from Singapore that head up the leader board with three race wins and Jillian Lee Sook Ying, Ryan Lo Jun Han and Elisa Yukie Yokoyama tied for first place.

Two of the three second races were started late in the afternoon but racing was cancelled and competitors returned to shore due to a dying breeze and significant swings in wind direction.

The weather for Sunday is expected to deliver southerly breezes starting at 12 knots and building during the day. The first races are scheduled to start at 10.25am tomorrow.

A full list results, images and film footage from the first days racing is available at

Nathalie van Dort/ISAF
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