The sea breeze had already started by the time the sailors arrived at the club yesterday morning for the first day of racing. The boats headed out immediately after the morning briefing.
The first race started in a 10-knot southeasterly with two-foot chop. The wind built throughout the day to 12-15 with two- to three-foot chop. The shifts were primarily velocity.
Emery WAGER (Seattle, WA) leads the 35-boat Laser fleet with a (5)-1-1-1 followed by Mike WILDE (Rochester, NY) with all deuces. Kyle KOVACS (13 points), Rob CRANE (14) and Thomas BARROWS (15) are in third, fourth and fifth, respectively, separated by just a point. Although a couple Laser sailors received "advice" from the jury, no illegal kinetics were observed.
Last year's runners-up Zach BROWN and Melanie ROBERTS (San Diego, CA) lead the 54-boat Club 420 fleet with a 1-1-3-(4). Their most significant lead was in the first race where they finished nearly a minute before the next boat. Charles MODICA and Patrick BORDNER are in second with 3-8-(9)-3. Leigh Kempton and Kaitlin STORCK (Huntington, NY) are running a close third with scores of (38)-2-14-1. Adam ROBERTS/Nicholas MARTIN are fourth (19 points) and Erik STORCK/John KEMPTON are fifth (20).
Seven more races are scheduled from today through until Thursday. The low-point scoring system is being used with a discard after four races. Today's racing was scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. The forecast is for SSW 10-20 knot.
Full results after day one are available on the event website at the address below.