The Pre-World/Australian Championships kicked off with two races in 10 - 15 knots of breeze. Conditions were ideal for the 76 entries as international and interstate competitors continue to familiarise themselves with local conditions. in 10 - 15 knots of breeze.
Heat 1 was won easily by Howie Hamlin and Fritz Lanzinger (USA) with Ebbe Rosenand and Olle Wenrup (SWE) second and Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen (GER) in third place. Ian Pinnell and Steve Hunt were the first British crew to finish in fourth place.
Heat 2 was won by Doug Hagan and Michael Duffield (USA/AUS), with another American pair, Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson second and then the first Australian crew to break into the leading positions, Robin Deussen and Jordan Spencer.
Howie Hamlin and Fritz Lanzinger (USA) were down in ninth place while Ian Pinnell and Steve Hunt (GBR) dropped to 18th. Also out of luck in race two were Ebbe Rosen and Olle Wenrup of Sweden in 19th.
The Australian boats are competing for the National Championship title while gauging themselves against the overseas competitors. Leading positions in heat 1
1 USA 8266 Howie Hamlin Fritz Lanzinger 1
2 SWE 8232 Ebbe Rosen Olle Wenrup 2
3 GER 8875 Jens Findel Johannes Tellen 3
4 GBR 8882 Ian Pinnell Steve Hunt 4
5 DEN 8826 Tom Bojland Jakob Karbo 5
6 AUS/QLD 8921 Nigel Lott Bob Franks 6
7 USA 8714 Mike Martin Jeff Nelson 7
8 USA 8081 Nick Adamson Steve Bourdow 8
9 USA /AUS 8554 Doug Hagan Michael Duffield 9
10 AUS/QLD 8922 Bill Cuneo John Warlow 10 Leading positions in heat 2
1 USA /AUS 8554 Doug Hagan Michael Duffield 1
2 USA 8714 Mike Martin Jeff Nelson 2
3 AUS/SA 8877 Robin Deussen Jordan Spencer 3
4 GER 8875 Jens Findel Johannes Tellen 4
5 DEN 8620 Jan Saugmann Morten Ramsbaek 5
6 AUS/SA 8839 Sandy Higgins Paul Marsh 6
7 USA 7771 Kevin Taugher Jon Bell 7
8 AUS/NSW 8920 Michael Quirk Geoff Lange 8
9 USA 8266 Howie Hamlin Fritz Lanzinger 9
10 USA 8081 Nick Adamson Steve Bourdow 10
The event is a warm up regatta for the SAP World Championships that begin on Saturday 27 January and run until Friday 2 February.