By Mike Holt

Day 1 saw 40 boats from across North America and a token Australian entry who was clearly geographically challenged by being in the wrong hemisphere. The level of the fleet is as competitive as I have seen, with 6 of the boats having World Champions in and many more with North American Champions aboard. Kingston Yacht Club on Lake Ontario are this year’s hosts and so far, are doing a fantastic job, managing very tricky conditions without putting a foot wrong. Four races were held in conditions varying from 10-18 knots with the wind clocking left all day. It was a real day of snakes and ladders.

 

From my position, deep in the fleet it was difficult to see what was going on, but Russ Clark and Howie Hamlin clearly got the first 2 races right, winning both of them. The 3rd and the 4th races were then won by Adam Lowrie and Mike Martin, leaving the event delicately poised, but this is just day one and 3 more days and plenty of races still to go. However, a dark shadow lurks for the top boats with a protest affecting the top 2 and the scribe here to be held later tonight!

 

Conditions for tomorrow are looking lighter, but this is the sort of venue where anything can happen and probably will!