New Zealand Optimist Nationals: Day 1 Three wins for Fry and Young

Leonard Takahashi-Fry is the joint leader after Day 1 of the 2012 Toyota Optimist Nationals
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Yet another superb sunrise greeted the 212 Opti sailors this morning at Ngamotu Beach, New Plymouth for the 2012 Optimist Nationals.

The sailors were a calm lot in the morning sun with a hum of anticipation for the first day of the fleet sailing. The off the beach departure was delayed due to a lack of wind with the Green Fleet finally heading out into an incoming tide.

Freddie Dossor #4046 from Worser Bay was lining up for his first Green Regatta and hoping that two poached eggs for breakfast would see him through.

Day 1 of the 2012 Toyota Optimist Nationals
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The Open Fleet were met with good off-shore conditions at a steady 18-22 knots after their mass exodus from the beach just before 11am.

Although there were a few nerves most sailors were just bursting to get out there and 'Do It'. Even gutsy Kate Stewart #4473 from Wakatere sailed out with her broken arm – that’s true single handed sailing!

Day 1 of the 2012 Toyota Optimist Nationals
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The racing was entertaining to watch with many capsizes, rapid bailing, epic wave surfing, lost hats, major mark collisions resulting in lots of 360° penalty turns. It was remarkable how many sailors stuck it out with almost all of them getting through 3 races each with no off-the –water protests.

Defending champion Leonard Takahashi-Fry had three bullets in his flight to finish first equal with Australian Alistair Young from Fremantle both on three points. In third place was Isaac McHardie from Hamilton/KYC on 7 points. William McKenzie KYC was forth on 8 points and James Grogan Blackrock/SYC fifth on 9 points.

Mike Judd, Chief Measurer, predicts that if the weather doesn’t stay the same, it will change! You can’t fault that.

Day 1 of the 2012 Toyota Optimist Nationals
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