Two races completed on Day One of the J24 World Championships at Osaka, Japan.
Evelyn Geoff, the Chairman of IJCA, reports:
Day one saw Race Officer Takei complete two races of the nine race J24 World Championship. With winds in the 12 to 15 knot range and consistently out of the southwest, race one was started on time at 11:00 with a slight pin bias line that saw the fleet start for the left of the course and then flip back to the right which paid for the rest of the race. Japanese teams held the advantage throughout the race with Team SLED pulling out a win by playing the left hand side of the course on the last downwind leg.
Race two started at 2:30 after two general recalls with four boats being identified as being OCS. Unfortunately only two managed to make it back. Juan Grimaldi of Argentina managed to find his grove and led from start to finish with his fellow Argentinean 'U2' holding onto 3rd place after a five leg two hour race. Second place went to 'Maki Jr. Ukon'.
Two races a day are planned for the rest of the week and one on Friday the 23rd. Weather in the Osaka area is forecast to be consistently in the high 30s and winds maintaining their South Westerly direction. The International Jury is trying to minimise the time spent in the Room by using mandatory arbitration.