The 2010 Etchells World Championship started at Howth on Monday 23 August with the first two races sailed in freshening winds. Ante Razmilovic (GBR) holds a one point lead over Australian sailing legend John Bertrand at the end of the first day.
The first race, sailed in westerly winds steadily increasing in strength, saw Ante Razmilovic
open up a large lead by the windward mark, having gone to the right of the course on the first leg. While the 2009 Worlds runner-up Damien King
of Australia closed the gap over the next three legs, it was not enough to deny the British boat a comfortable win.
Another British entry, Graham Bailey
took third ahead of the winner's brother Nils Razmilovic(sailing for Singapore) while John Bertrand
finished fifth. The leading Howth entry wasStephen Quinn
& Stephen O'Flaherty in eleventh place.
Winds had freshened considerably to 24 knots by the start of the second race, conditions which lead to some gear damage and one major collision. The conditions were, however, very much to the liking of Australian crews who filled the first three places.
John Bertrand took the gun ahead of his Royal Brighton YC clubmate Jake Gunther
while former World Champion Peter Mcneill
, who recently won the Irish national title, took third spot ahead of Ante Razmilovic. Dan O'grady
of Howth was the best of the Irish in 15th place.
That result left Razmilovic the overall leader on five points after two races, one ahead of Bertrand and with Damien King in third place on seven points. The leading American entry is Jud Smith
of Eastern YC in sixth while the top Irish boat in the overall standings is Howth's Stephen Quinn and Stephen Flaherty in eleventh place.
After racing, crews were treated to a complementary drinks and Irish Stew evening hosted by the Burrows Family as a token of their gratitude to the Etchells fleets around the world who have extended hospitality and friendship over the years.
Racing continues on Tuesday 24 with one race scheduled on the programme.
See the provisional results from Day 1 here