The Kiwis are back, and they mean business in the ISAF Grade 2 Warren Jones Youth Regatta, with Auckland's Adam MINOPRIO blasting his way undefeated through the first day's competition on the Swan River.
The young skipper and his crew from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron won the regatta two years ago, but were unable to attend last year to defend, but on Monday they clearly signalled their intention to put their name on the trophy for the second time.
After a gruelling eight-hour day on the water, Adam MINOPRIO
's understated comment was, "the guys all performed well, and it worked out really well for us."
A hot easterly breeze straight off an overheated outback made for difficult conditions, "today there were a lot of shifts coming around either side of the headland over there, so it made for tough racing,"
was his summary.
Another Kiwi, Laurie JURY
, holds second place after the first day of the regatta, with a 6-1 scoreline, and high hopes of improving on his previous best at this regatta of third place.
The first Australian on the leaderboard is Evan WALKER
from Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, in third place.
Four teams share fourth place, including last year's winner, local Fremantle sailor Torvar MIRSKY
(AUS), who had a disappointing day, with a scoreline of 4 wins and 3 losses, which will make it difficult to qualify for Thursday's final.
What is disappointment for one team is a big improvement for another, with Sweden's John BACK
, who finished last in 2007 one of those sharing fourth place at this stage of the regatta, a positive start to the series.
The regatta is hosted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, and organized by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation, and the series comprises a double round robin, followed by a best-of-three final.
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