It was a tough first day of competition at the Laser European Championship in Split, Croatia with 32 degrees of air temperature and wind that was shifty, especially in the Radial course closer to the shore.
The start was scheduled for 13.00, but as anticipated there was not enough wind at the scheduled time. Luckily the fleet did not wait for long. The race committee were the first to hit the water at around 12.30 with the fleet following at 13.00. An hour later the first race was under way. The breeze was light in between 6 - 8 knots as all six groups completed two races.
When it seemed that race 2 of the day would go as easily as the first one the wind started to play around the course, shifting from 240 to 280, which caused a bit of a delay, but the conditions were good enough shortly afterwards, although challenging, for another race. All the sailors were back on shore by 19.00, happy to find some shade.
In the Laser fleet there are a couple of new names in the top ten, but the first three spots after two races are occupied by familiar faces. Dutch Rutgar van Schaardenburg is the leader of the day with five points, followed by Great Britain's Nick Thompson, on same points total. One point behind is the local hero Tonci Stipanovic.
The top spot in the Women's Laser Radial fleet is also taken up by a Dutch sailor, Marit Bouwmeester, who took two second places. Trailing Bouwmeester is Svenja Weger from Germany, who scored a bullet in the first race and a fourth place in the second. Chloe Martin (GBR) is in third place.
The second day of racing is scheduled for 13.00 and the forecast is pretty similar with light winds and hot temperatures predicted.