Penghu, Chinese Taipei has an awesome reputation for howling wind but naturally the wind gods are somewhat contradictory at least they chose to be on the opening day of the RS:X Youth World Championship.
The fleets went out for a 10:30 local time start as scheduled and had to wait in the starting area for a while whilst the gods decided where to stabilize the breeze.
When racing finally got underway ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominee Saskia Sills (GBR) came out with intent immediately to take two race wins and open up a six point lead after two races.
Clidane Humeau (FRA) finished behind Sills in Race 1 but dropped off the pace in the second with a sixth. She is going to have to step it up further if she is to contend with Sills who won gold at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland earlier this year.
In the men's fleet Pawel Tarnowski (POL) is competing in his last youth world championship and has given himself a mountain to climb already. A tenth in Race 1 was followed up with a 31st in the second. Far from the consistency he has shown at previous championship events.
Meanwhile, Kieran Martin (GBR) and Maxime Labat (FRA) got down to business and the Brit came through with a first and third to take an early lead on countback after Labat picked up two seconds.
The duel for top honours in the Under 17 category is between Goni Tzur (TUR) and Mattia Camboni (ITA). After Day one, these two have a 27 point lead over Sirichai Phusiri (THA) and will be fighting for overall honours.
Top Five RS:X Youth Men's Results
1. Kieran Martin (GBR) - 4
2. Maxime Labat (FRA) - 4
3. Goni Tzur (ISR) - 6
4. Mattia Camboni (ITA) - 8
5. Ignacio Berenguer (MEX) 14
Top Five RS:X Youth Women's Results
1. Saskia Sills (GBR) - 2
2. Clidane Humeau (FRA) - 8
3. Neomi Cohen (ISR) - 8
4. Noga Geller (ISR) - 10
5. Imogen Sills (GBR) - 11