After predictions of less than 10km/hr winds, we were greeted with approx double that in a WNW direction, so with the long fetch of water as well, the waves were up a bit as well, which provided quite a challenge for the sailors. Many hadn't sailed their DF's in a while and subsequently had issue with how the waves and wind can move the yachts around, which resulted in quite a lot of entanglements int he first few races. This abated after about four races, but the wind did not. Increasing to a healthy B rig by lunch time, but the Katabatic soothed somewhat after lunch to a light to medium A rig breeze.
Many sailors got podium positions thoughout the day, with 18 races being completed.
Looking through the preliminary day 1 results, it looks like Lisa Blackwood made the best of the conditions. Stu Dawes holds second position, 12 points adrift of Lisa, with Mike Hickman in third, 3 points further astern of Stu.
The interest does not stop there, with many close contests amongst the fleet. Rod, Ray and Wayne fighting close for 4-6 respectively, Chris, Phil, John, Justin and Colin all within earshot for positions 7-11, and not discounting Geoff or David, who will quickly rush back to the pack with some dnf's ready to discard shortly.
By the sounds of it at the end of the day, everyone really enjoyed themselves, and all yachts are in prime condition to continue tomorrow, with similar forecast predicted.
Big thanks, as always to our PRO's on the day. A difficult job at times, and Les and Rod carried out the task admirably.
Looking forward to seeing what happens throughout tomorrows sailing.
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