With the start of yesterday's racing postponed due to lack of wind, the race course, along with most of Sydney was affected by the haze from the Sydney bush fires which thickened across Sydney Harbour taking visibility down to about 1000 metres.
The lack of wind of 3-5 knots kept the boats ashore until about 1300 hours, when the wind had increased to a moderate southerly at around 15 knots, and the racing eventually got underway shortly after 1330 hours with the wind having increased to 18 knots. Thankfully the increased wind helped to disperse the haze and enabled the sailors to be able to see all shipping with sufficient notice.
Courses were positioned, with Course A off Taylors Bay and Course B with a start off Chowder Bay with courses set to run across the harbour.
After the two day's of racing, and eight races, the top ten results to the end of yesterday 30 January, are as follows:
1. AUS8 Nathan Outteridge/Grant Rose
2. AUS237 Brendan Garner/Brian Case
3. AUS5 John Winning/Euan McNicol
4. NZL6 Scott Kennedy/Brad Thom
5. AUS4 Jonathan Bonnitcha/Paul Bonnitcha
6. USA9 Alex Bernal/Tedd White
7. AUS644 Scott Beeby/Scott Babbage
8. AUS461 Sandy Cavill/David Biggar
9. AUS648 Trent Gordon/Yancy Smith
10. AUS3 Joseph Turner/Charles Dorron
Today, 31 December is make or break for crews to place themselves in Gold, Silver or Bronze Fleets for the Championships. New Year's Day sees a lay day so all stops are out for today's racing.
So far today, the smoke haze is far thinner than yesterday and the breeze is forecast to come in at 5 to 10 knots from the south east, tending to north east and freshening to 15 to 20 knots this afternoon.