|New Zealand’s Celia Willison (Edge Women’s Match) has been sailing with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for 10 years and, at just 24, had a successful day winning seven of their eight races. But it was Pauline Courtois of France who had the most successful opening day, taking eight wins from eight guns. Anna Östling (SWE) and Megan Thomson (NZL) each won six of their eight races.
Edge Women’s Match crew member Alison Kent, was on the water for an extremely long opening day of racing.
“Tomorrow we expect to see some heavy winds as a front comes through Auckland overnight and throughout the morning, so there is a very good chance we will be held on shore in the morning, but we are all hoping that the conditions ease for racing in the afternoon,” said Kent.
“Today was definitely a good build-up to tomorrow’s conditions and the race committee will likely complete the round-robin. The racing out there is incredibly close and we are absolutely loving every minute of it.”
Before racing got underway, International Race Officer, Megan Kensington said that the objective of the day was to get in as many races as possible.
“Knowing what we have coming our way on Friday, it was extremely important for the on-water race management to have a good clean day to ensure we made gains to get through the round-robin series,” said Kensington.
Race officials delivered with 11 flights completed between starting at 1000 hours, and wrapping up the day with the final match starting just minutes before the 1900-hour cut-off.
Follow the action on the Women’s WMRT and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s social media channels, where the team will be posting daily photography, videos, and reels. You can also watch the event finals LIVE and hosted by Alex Maloney and Scotty Dickson, with streaming available on the RNZYS Facebook and Instagram, or at matchracingresults.com.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron thanks event sponsors Barfoot & Thompson and supported by Auckland Unlimited, Dubarry, Scarbro and Live Sail Die.
Writing and Photo Credits: Live Sail Die