Today was the first official day of racing here at the O´pen BIC World Championships in Manly Bay, Auckland in New Zealand.

The event got going under beautiful sunny skies, but in fairly light winds of 5 - 8 knots that tested the sailors’ skills in each fleet, Under 13 and Under 17, and the respective leader boards are taking shape.

In the U13s, including competitors as young as 9 and 10 years old, Australia´s Breanne Wadley showed her class, dominating proceedings with 2 wins and a 3rd place to lead the rankings ahead of Japan´s Saki Nukui and the consistent Tiphaine Rideau from France.

Breanne Wadley was happy with her performance today: "Racing here is really nice, but very fluky though, which is actually quite like racing back home where we race on a dam. It´s very nice, the winds have been nice so far. The boat is great, I love the speed and there are so many friends you can make at the event."

Meanwhile, in the U17s it´s an Italian job, with Davide Mulas, Federica Benvenuti Gostoli and Leopoldo Sirolli occupying the top 3 places after day 1, with Australia´s Hamish Cowell very close behind in 4th.

Davide Mulas (with a little help in translating from his teammate) gave us his thoughts on the racing: "Today was a fantastic day and I did very well. Even though the boat is not big it is very fast. It´s a very fun class where the sailors respect the rules and each other."

We´ll be back for the second day´s racing tomorrow and hoping for some stronger winds. With nine races still to come there´s everything to play for and, as usual, you can follow all the action as it happens on the official event website at  

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