The International Lightning Class Association World Championship kicked off yesterday with two fantastic races.
The Iate Clube Armacao Buzios - ICAB hosted a beautiful day of sailing with winds ranging from 14-16 kts the first race and dropping to 9-12 kts during the second race as 30 boats representing eight countries took to the line.
As with the South Americans and International Masters' Championships held last week, we again had an anxious group that forced a general recall on the first start of the day. The "Z" Flag was hoisted and with the second try they were off.
Racing was tight and consistency was the key to the day. The Chilian Team of Felipe Robles, Pablo Lorca and Andres Guevara finished with a 5, 1 to win the tie for first over the another Chilian Team and last weeks South American Champions, Tito Gonzalez Mas his son Diego Gonzalez Parro and Christian Herman Sanhueza who had a pair of 3's today. Tied for third is the Brazilian Team and last weeks International Masters' Champion team of Claus Biekarck, Gunner Ficker and Marcelo Batista da Silva finishing with a 6, 4. The American Team of Will Brown, John Faus and Matty Schon also finished the day with a 4, 6 totalling ten points.
Currently in fifth position is Tom Allen Jr, sailing with his son Karl and Steve Davis (USA). They finished the day with a 10, 2. They are followed closely behind by fellow Americans Ryan Ruhlman, Martha Fisher and Nick Turney and the Chilean Team of Cristobal Perez, Philipp Goyeneche and Ignacio Perez who both finished the day with a total of 13 points each.
David Starck sailing with his wife Jody Starck and Ian Jones from the USA won the first race, but were called over in the second race and climbed back to 14th to finish the day with 15 points and an eighth position.
Two races are scheduled for today and the warning has been moved up to 11 am (10 am EST). Follow live text coverage at www.lightningclass.org.