Everyone expected a long delay and very light winds on the first day of the Alfa Romeo J/24 European Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club as Dublin Bay looked flat calm in the morning with some clouds ready to stop any sea breeze that developed.
The race committee did delay the first start for an hour, but when the fleet went out a breeze was developing which stabilized into a medium strength North Easterly in beautiful sunshine. A perfect way to start the regatta.
The first start had very little bias on the line and a good fair first leg. Three boats were caught OCS. The Dutch team on 'Just for Fun' lead around the windward mark as they had done in the practice race and went on to win by a margin of one minute. The British Jardine team on 'Stouche' came through into second with the German 'Rotoman' team third.
The wind stayed consistent for the start of the second race and the fleet went away again first time with the bunch that went furthest left up the beat coming out top at the windward mark. Once again the 'Just for Fun' team lead and went on to take their second victory. The Italian team on 'Korus' came in second with 'Stouche' third. Racing continues through Friday.
Results After Two Races:
1. Albert Kooijman, Just 4 Fun, 2 pts
2. Stuart Jardin, Stouche, 5 pts
3. Leif Tom Loose, Rotoman, 7 pts
4. David Ellis, The Hitch Hickers guide to the ??????, 11 pts
5. Mark Penfold, WijitMark, 12 pts