The Yachting New Zealand YouthSail regatta kicked off today in light shifty conditions and with over 146 entrants, this was the biggest fleet to hit this regatta for a few years.
In barely 5 knots of breeze, the light and shifty conditions brought some interesting results. On the Laser Radial course an upset occured with Dunedin sailor Jane MONK taking the lead in race one and maintaining it throughout the race over regatta favourites Jo ALEH and Jane MACKY. In the three races sailed Aleh kept consistent results finishing in the top three to take the early overall lead.
The 20 crews in the double-handed fleet had extremely tight racing, with positions changing on a regular basis throughout each race. No place was secure on the course in the shifty conditions, and sailors had to be on the mark to stay near the front of the fleet. Tauranga brothers Peter and Scott BURLING won two of the three races of the day, but Myles CLEAVE and Philip ROBERTSON lead overall after three top 3 results.
With the Hobie 16 catamaran class now included as a youth class in New Zealand, three crews from around New Zealand battled it out today, and although racing was close in each individual race the combination of Rory GOODMAN and Corey BRUCE proved successful with 3 straight wins.
"It's exciting to see a large number of sailors from the smaller regions around New Zealand sailing so well, especially those sailors from Dunedin such as Monk, Godman and Bruce",
comments Yachting New Zealand's National Programmes Coordinator Julie Worth.
The Mistral boards only managed one race in the light conditions and will be hoping to catch up with a good day tomorrow.
Both the laser boys fleet and 420 girls fleet completed three races, and favourites Blair MCLAY (Laser) and Olivia POWRIE/Sarah BILKEY (420) are performing in their respective fleets.
The P Class, Starling and Splash sailors only sailed two races, but with four scheduled tomorrow, by the end of the days racing, sailors will have a good idea of who is at the front of the fleet.
Racing is scheduled to start at 9.30am Thursday and will continue until Saturday. For a full set of results go to the event website at the address below.