The first day of Gold and Silver fleet racing at the Laser 4.7 World Championship proved to be very different to the last few days of qualifying sailing this week.
The forecasted excellent weather has finally arrived giving the sailors the steady force 2-3 and clear skies they had all been looking for.
The Gold fleet was first to start, but with some eager sailors pushing at the line there were three general recalls before the fleet finally got away. The Silver fleet sailors were a little more relaxed and hung away from the line, giving a young ambitious French sailor a clear runway for his port tack flyer!!!
Steven Le Fevre, 16 year old Dutch Optimist ace surprised everyone today with his domination. The Dutch Olympic Squad coach watched eagerly from his ride aboard a jury boat as the young sailor revelled in the conditions taking two first places in the Gold fleet.
Steven came very close to winning last years Optimist World Championships, but lost his cool on the last day with three poor races eventually leaving him fifth overall. A repeat of that performance in his new Laser 4.7 is not expected.
Chris Carden, sole Team GBR sailor in the Gold fleet had a mixed day. After a mid fleet first race he almost showed the Dutch the way home with a cracking start leaving him close to the top, until a bad choice of tack on the last beat lost him a number of places.
With all the pushing on the Gold fleet start line a number of sailors will have been caught OCS, which will not have helped their overall positions. Today's lighter airs have allowed some of the lower placed sailors to fight back and push the front end of the fleet hard for places.
Tonight's planned entertainment is 'Gladiator' style contests, and with the home team featuring in the places for today's races an exciting night is expected.
The results were not available at the time of writing, but keep checking the event website and we will post them as soon as possible.