Slipstream III takes an early lead at the Harken Young 88 2017 Nationals

It was a great start to the 2017 Harken Young 88 Nationals with the breeze blowing a consistent 10-15knots and lots of sunshine. Today saw six races completed by a group of very happy yet tired sailors.

Slipstream III proved today that consistency is key. They finished all races in the top three, claiming three guns. Last year’s winner and defending yacht Slipstream III’s new owner Mark Bond and his crew have finished in first for the day. “The conditions were really good and we’re very pleased with how the day has gone” said Bond.

Skitzo, helmed by RNZYS Youth Training Programme Graduate David Hazard, pull ahead of the fleet to get the 1st gun of the day. They went on to have a mixed day leaving them sitting in 2nd going into Day 2. Hazard described that they “were pleased with today’s results but will be looking to be more consistent with our results tomorrow”.

Undercover rounds out the top three for Day 1 with RAYC skipper Edward Massey.

RNZYS skipper Mike Leyland on War Machine is coming 4th overall and leading on handicap, claiming his first gun of the day in race 5.

The race committee, led by Celia Carson, was extremely impressed with the calibre of the fleet. Celia and her team commented that the Auckland weather “finally pulled together to make for a solid days’ racing.”

Tomorrows racing will have up to six races. These will complete the programme and determine the winner of the 2017 Harken Young 88 Nationals Regatta.

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