In what will no doubt be an interesting battle over the next three days, New Zealand's Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin today started battling it out with internationals Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) and Lee Byunggun (KOR).
On day one it was Ashley that mastered the conditions best off Takapuna Beach, his home waters, and tops the leader-board on three points with 2-1 on the water today. The Korean sailor holds second place five points adrift, with van Rijsselberge one point further back.
Murdoch said, "[It was] tricky as usual in the Takapuna offshore. I felt I had a pretty good day considering the conditions, I had a 1-3-6, so a fairly good way to kick it off. I'm pretty happy."
Slater and Trujillo share the lead sitting equal on five points Slater opening with two bullets but then struggling to come back from a poor start in race three allowing Trujillo and Coutts to sail away from him.
Among the other fleets
GBR's Nick Rogers and Chris Grube were simply too good on the 470 course opening up a decent lead on the chasing pack after three races sailed on day one. The visiting pair are six points clear of Mark Overington and Ben Goodwin (NZL) in second with women's pair Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) in third place.
Marcus Hansen and Aaron Hume-Merry (NZL) lead the three boat 49er division; Sam Mackay and Oscar Rovick (NZL) have the top spot in the 29er and Matthew Spary and Tyler Russell (NZL) lead in the 420 fleet.
Racing resumes tomorrow off Takapuna with a scheduled start to racing of 11:00 local time. The regatta continues through the weekend with the medal winners to be determined on Sunday. Conditions are expected to be similar on the water tomorrow.
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