Racing started yesterday, 22 May, for the Audi Icebreaker hosted by the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club at Lake Ontario in Toronto, welcoming an impressive Soling Fleet racing again.
After the first day of racing in variable conditions on Lake Ontario, Bill ABBOTT (CAN) and his crew has a commanding taking the first four races. Racers headed out to the start of the first race at approximately 0930 hrs in heavy winds and moderate chop with the winds dying to around 5 knots for the start of the first race. Over the initial race winds built to 8 - 12 knots from the west and stayed at that level for the remainder of day one racing. Temperatures were in the low teens (Celsius) with over-cast skies yielding to sporadic rain.
Although Abbott's leading position on day one was difficult to challenge there were some very close racing seen among the rest of the fleet with some tight downwind battles particularly in the third race. Also in the third race Tom MITCHELL (USA 827) found himself forced on course side by Scot MUNDLE (CAN 106) who's efforts also landed him on the wrong side of the start forcing both boats to circle back to the start. Despite the restart Mitchell managed to battle back to a second place finish.
Partial Results After Day One
Skipper Sail No./R1 / R2 / R3 / R4 / Pts
Bill Abbott CAN1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 4
Tom Mitchell USA827 / 4 / 2 / 2 / 2 / 10
Scot Mundle CAN106 / 3 / 4 / 3 / 3 / 13
Ted Richards CAN198 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 4 / 13