Positive minds were the key to success yesterday with challenging light winds to kick off the championship racing of the Peter Lehmann Wines Australian Laser Championship.
All three fleets headed out in what was a comfortable light breeze, however it unfortunately faded off during the first race with many sailors on the Radial course being caught out with the strong tide pushing them onto the marks, into each other at rounding’s and also over the lay-lines.
Full Rigs managed to get away cleanly and hold close racing, especially within the top half of the fleet. The 4.7s were not so lucky however with a few general recalls and then a black flag start where 11 competitors fell over line.
By the time the 4.7 fleet got away the breeze had basically shut down with the tide being the main factor pushing them to the top mark.
The course was then shortened and the second race for all fleets was postponed on shore and eventually postponed until the following day.
After a slow start to the regatta the future forecast is looking promising with a nice 10 to 15-knot forecast for today, which will hopefully be enough for the officials to squeeze three races in to compensate for the mere one yesterday.