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Royal Cork Yacht Club's Mel Collins is top Irish boat in 24th place after the first days racing of the 2011 SB3 World Championships in Torbay. Scroll down for pics and Video.

Collins Finishes 11th Overall.  Results here

Collins scored 18, 8, 21 to be in the top quarter of the fleet, two points ahead of Irish East Coast Champion Ben Duncan who is sailing for his native New Zealand. The next Irish boat is Howth's Paul McMahon in 46th with Irish placings also in 47th, 48th and 49th. Full Results below.

The 103 boat fleet of Laser SB3's left Torquay Harbour this morning for the first three races. Split into 2 fleets, Orange and Yellow, the fleet lined up for the first scheduled race at 11.00 am. The Race Committee, on both courses, managed to get both fleets underway exactly to schedule. Impressive.

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On the Yellow course, Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) showed his talent early on. Notching up a 1, 2, 1 on day one of a World Championships is a score card anyone would be proud of. Peter Saxton (GBR) won the first race on the Orange course and followed up with a 5, 2 placing him second overall overnight on day 1.

Nathan Outteridge (AUS) collected bowman Tom Slingsby (AUS) from the airport at 1am this morning, but lack of sleep and time on the water as a crew did little to dampen his crew's performance. "This is my first day on bow ever! There's a bit on when you get to the bottom mark" smiled Slingsby after completing the first race of the Championships, and their first race ever as a team with fellow Aussie Ian Brown.

The Orange course suffered 2 general recalls as the Race Committee tried to get the second race of the day away. Not deterred by the delay, Glenn Bourke (AUS) dominated the race, extending his lead on each leg. Chatting to Glenn last night he claimed to be "rusty", but today he posted 5, 1, 11 on the score sheet. "More time in the boat will help us iron out some of our creases, but to take a win on the first day of an event like this always makes you feel good!"

2010 Laser SB3 World Champion Jerry Hill (GBR) had a difficult day to start the event. Sailing on the Orange course the 3 Sad Old Blokes struggled in the first race, finishing in 25th position. After starting deep in the second race, they picked their way back to a respectable 9th and despite damage, finished 6th in the third race of the day. "It was hard today, really hard," explained Hill before disappearing to repair his boat.

Joe Llewellyn (GBR) grew up sailing in Tor Bay, and finished the first day of the Zhik SB3 World Championships with a win on the Orange course. Chatting to Joe in the bar of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club after racing he explained, "It was hard conditions today and we had a bad second race. We had some luck in the third race, we benefitted from some of the shifts and we won!" Joe recently became a father again, this time to twins, "I'm looking forward to another sleepless night tonight, and another day on the water tomorrow!"

Three further races are scheduled for Tuesday 17th May. The fleet is slit again, simply by their odd or even overall position at the end of the first day of racing, for the final day of qualifying races.

Series PlaceSail NoBow NoBoatHelmSeries PointsRace 1ARace 1BRace 2ARace 2BRace 3ARace 3B
1 GBR3489 19 Red Robert Greenhalgh 4 1 2 1
2 GBR3065 65 Rola-Trac Peter Saxton 8 1 5 2
3 GBR3042 54 Gill Racing Team Craig Burton 9 4 3 2
4 AUS3063 32 One Design Sailing Nathan Outteridge 13 6 4 3
5 GBR3053 111 Geoff Carveth 15 4 2 9
6 GBR3032 92 David Cummins 16 3 8 5
7 AUS3108 70 Club Marine Glenn Bourke 17 5 1 11
8 RSA3469 49 Asenaithi Jim 17 3 4 10
9 GBR3082 68 Joe Llewellyn 20 6 13 1
10 GBR3058 15 John Pollard 22 2 6 14
11 NED3441 17 Rivium Paul Gast 22 9 5 8
12 GBR3475 57 Perky III Jez Entwistle 23 12 6 5
13 ITA3073 39 Stenghele Roberto Caresani 24 2 3 19
14 GER3561 86 Razzmatazz Sebastian Dohrendorf 26 12 7 7
15 GBR3462 58 Underground Toys Andrew Oddie 30 19 1 10
16 GBR3134 84 Marilyn Dom Ford 32 5 18 9
17 GBR3198 80 Magic Marine Hugh Styles 34 15 12 7
18 GBR3047 95 Parkway Pirates Rob Gullan 35 9 14 12
19 GBR3546 98 Orthteam Richard Catchpole 38 7 18 13
20 GBR3149 16 Poor Buoy Mark Gillett 39 17 16 6
21 GBR3465 26 3 Sad Old Blokes Jerry Hill 40 25 9 6
22 GBR3336 8 Uber 3 Adrian Peach 41 8 15 18
23 GBR3027 63 Darling Associates Chris Darling 44 10 11 23
24 IRL3324 22 Sibelus Mel Collins 46 17 8 21
25 NZL3287 36 Sailing West - Sharkbait Ben Duncan 48 16 28 4
26 GBR3029 44 3-Some Niall Peelo 49 11 16 22
27 GBR3517 75 Doolalli Colin Simonds 49 18 19 12
28 GBR3276 89 Trouble & Strife Ian Armstrong 50 11 20 19
29 GBR3464 5 Eric Martin Wedge 50 15 13 22
30 GBR3556 69 Herbie Phil Tilley 51 7 29 15
31 GER3402 21 Norah Daniel Spaenle 51 14 17 20
32 ITA3543 101 Bravi Thytronic Giovanni Meloni 52 23 12 17
33 GBR3305 55 Rigging Gurus Mark Richards 54 26 25 3
34 GBR3575 56 Sailboat Deliveries Sarah Allan 54 29 9 16
35 UKR3443 78 Transbunker Polovy Valeriy 54 27 14 13
36 GBR3510 52 Hutton's Richard Wharram 56 21 10 25
37 GBR3041 67 Robina Dan Goodman 58 16 24 18
38 AUS3607 104 Wysiwyg VI Stephen Fries 63 22 10 31
39 RUS373 106 Alissa Vladislav Ivanovski 63 29 20 14
40 GBR3079 116 Excuse Me Gents Ann Jackson 64 19 37 8
41 RUS3554 109 Team Russia Rodion Luka 65 8 53 4
42 GBR3183 30 Respect John Danby 67 33 11 23
43 GBR3014 61 Sponge Bob Steve McLean 69 13 22 34
44 FRA3078 115 Tad Minus Vincent Biarnes 69 28 17 24
45 BEL3472 35 Los Zaparteros Alex Schoenmakers 71 14 21 36
46 IRL3226 112 Quantitative Easing Paul McMahon 76 35 30 11
47 IRL3312 91 Bomchickawahwah John O'Driscoll 77 32 30 15
48 IRL3338 59 Milvus Milvus Robert Howe 77 30 21 26
49 IRL3298 64 Toucan 3 Ross Vaughan 79 43 19 17
50 GBR3084 1 Eau No! Mark Sotkes 80 20 34 26
51 ITA3596 99 Briefing Luca Bacci 83 39 24 20
52 GBR3468 60 Fully Badgered Paul Lovejoy 84 10 32 42
53 GBR3126 102 Geronimo Simon Hume 86 28 23 35
54 GBR3106 37 Tom Clay 87 21 29 37
55 ITA3606 114 Lunatico XS Aurelio Bini 88 20 15 53
56 GBR3292 93 Chill Pill Tich Summers 89 41 7 41
57 GBR3060 73 Finitor 7 Stewart Reed 89 35 26 28
58 NED3511 29 Marco van Driel 90 32 26 32
59 GBR3362 47 Polar Bear Tim Newton 92 34 42 16
60 GBR3379 27 Joyride Nick Andrews 92 18 23 51
61 IRL3307 31 Bad/Kilcullen Stephan Hyde 92 36 22 34
62 GBR3545 71 Savage Sailing Team Chris Savage 92 31 32 29
63 FRA3423 76 Morpheus Edward Russo 93 37 31 25
64 GBR3038 119 TeamB4Ego,com2 Will Brooks 95 13 40 42
65 GBR3021 51 Here Comes Bod Charlie Whelan 95 44 27 24
66 GBR3074 3 Tonic Douglas Paton 95 27 33 35
67 FRA3609 2 Marcon Yachting Louis Marcon 97 34 25 38
68 GBR3516 14 TeamB4Ego.com Geoff Gritton 97 25 36 36
69 GBR3515 108 The Young Pretender Callum Calder 98 24 53 21
70 GBR3215 79 Sail Navy Darren Roach 98 24 27 47
71 GBR3267 77 Neilson Heart of Gold Tom Hayhoe 99 22 47 30
72 GER3600 13 Isabella III Reinhard Schroeder 99 23 46 30
73 IRL3484 33 Seriously Bonkers x 3 Martin Cuppage 103 26 44 33
74 GBR3319 12 Devils Advocate Tony Jaffa 103 43 33 27
75 GBR3081 9 Prostate Cancer Charity Ross Lang 107 36 28 43
76 GBR3335 24 Royal Signals Stu Southan 108 31 38 39
77 POR3103 48 Viero Piedade Colaco 110 38 45 27
78 GBR3069 66 Not just a number Paul Hine 110 42 37 31
79 GBR3104 74 Retail Therapy Charles Sheppard 111 40 38 33
80 GBR3056 100 Woohoo Tom Davidson 114 45 41 28
81 GBR3088 6 Healthy1.co.uk Ray Davies 114 40 34 40
82 ITA3598 96 Alghero Giorico Hotels Alessandro Balzani 115 38 35 42
83 GBR3096 72 Red Kite Roger Harford 116 30 47 39
84 AUS3224 28 Jester 3 Dave Bull 118 50 31 37
85 GBR3048 23 Control-Alt-Delete Ann Ashworth 120 33 44 43
86 GBR3094 20 Xceptable Ian Lievesley 123 52 39 32
87 UKR3522 41 Stemcor Valentin Klymentyev 125 46 35 44
88 ITA3437 53 Lupi D'irlanda Marco Sorgassi 125 39 42 44
89 IRL3062 40 Ronan Downing 131 37 49 45
90 GBR3531 87 Carnage Nick Over 132 44 50 38
91 GBR3077 88 Skallywag Rob Day 132 46 40 46
92 GBR3519 107 May contain nuts John Greenaway 133 41 43 49
93 NED3470 82 Cube Martijn Buitenhuis 134 42 43 49
94 GBR3309 43 Narwhal David Bates 135 51 36 48
95 IRL3297 90 Sunday Brunch Richard Tate 136 49 46 41
96 GBR3473 85 Sceptre Nathan Bailey 138 50 48 40
97 GBR3366 11 Hooligan Guy Broom 138 47 41 50
98 IRL3033 34 Blue Bird Cathy MacAleavey 139 47 39 53
99 GRE3251 105 SailingHolidays.com Ruairi Bradley 140 45 49 46
100 GBR3540 46 Water Music viii Jonny Foot 143 51 45 47
101 GBR3368 45 Kapow Nick Barnett 144 48 48 48
102 GBR3123 4 Mini Mayhem Paul Craft 146 48 53 45
103 IRL3315 42 Sirius Black Ken Hudson 152 49 51 52
Published in SB20

HOWTH YACHT CLUB. LASER FROSTBITE WINTER 07/11/2010 RACE 1 LASER STANDARD: 1, Paul McMahon HYC; 2, Conor Greagsbey NYC; 3, Darrell Reamsbottom HYC; 4, Conor Murphy HYC; 5, Daragh Kelleher SSC; 6, Stephen Quinn HYC; LASER STANDARD APPRENTICE: 1, Conor Murphy HYC; 2, Brendan Costello MYC; 3, Brian Tyrrell HYC; 4, Conor Hopkins HYC; LASER STANDARD MASTER: 1, Paul McMahon HYC; 2, Conor Greagsbey NYC; 3, Darrell Reamsbottom HYC; 4, Daragh Kelleher SSC; 5, David Quinn HYC; 6, Evan Dolan NYC; LASER STANDARD GRAND MASTER: 1, Stephen Quinn HYC; 2, Robin Hegarty HYC; 3, Daragh Sheridan HYC; 4, Cathal Sheridan MYC; 5, Dermot Mowatt HYC; 6, Alan Carr SDC; LASER RADIAL: 1, Darragh Peelo MYC; 2, Vincent Varley MYC; 3, Robert Ferris HYC; 4, Simon Revill HYC; 5, Ciaran Costello MYC; 6, Carla Fagan 

HYC LASER FROSTBITE WINTER 07/11/2010 RACE 2 LASER STANDARD: 1, Robin Hegarty HYC; 2, Colm Cunningham HYC; 3, Conor Greagsbey NYC; 4, Paul McMahon HYC; 5, Conor Murphy HYC; 6, Stephen Quinn HYC; LASER STANDARD APPRENTICE: 1, Conor Murphy HYC; 2, Conor Hopkins HYC; 3, Brendan Costello MYC; 4, Brian Tyrrell HYC; LASER STANDARD MASTER: 1, Colm Cunningham HYC; 2, Conor Greagsbey NYC; 3, Paul McMahon HYC; 4, Darrell Reamsbottom HYC; 5, Richard Deane HYC; 6, Evan Dolan NYC; LASER STANDARD GRAND MASTER: 1, Robin Hegarty HYC; 2, Stephen Quinn HYC; 3, Dermot Mowatt HYC; 4, Conor Costello MYC; 5, Daragh Sheridan HYC; 6, Edward Ferris HYC

Published in Howth YC

The strong tidal current and light and at times very shifty breeze proved to be the principal challenges on the first day of the Laser World Championships off Hayling Island. It left Irish Olympic campaigner James Espey in 52nd, the top third of the senior fleet. Ronan Cull is in 152nd and Paul McMahon is 157th in the 159 boat fleet.

For those sailors who had spent the preceding days, or – for some – weeks, learning venue's nuances idiosyncrasies it was intelligence gained about the tidal current which was of immediate value.

Racing Day 1 broke the pattern of blustery winds and intermittent rain which have prevailed through pre-championships training phase, replaced absolutely on cue by bluebird skies, summer sunshine and light to moderate mainly northerly breezes.

New Zealand's Michael Bullot, runner up at last year's World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia made the strongest start across the two testing opening races by posting a second and a first in the first of four days of scheduled Qualifying heats.

His early statement of intent saw the Aucklander ashore this afternoon with a lead of one point over Skandia Team GBR's Paul Goodison, the Olympic and defending World Champion who opened his regatta with third place and then won his second heat by a comfortable distance.

The shifting directions of the wind, oscillating through as much as 30 degrees at times in the Standard fleet's first race set the early test, but a big 50 degrees swing early in of the second contest, kept the racers and the race team on their toes; the second and third starts were delayed until the breeze settled.

According to Goodison patience was his key virtue through both races, waiting until changes in the breeze were sufficiently established enough to make a consideredmove, rather than falling to the temptation to try and benefit every small change.

And with up to a knot of current running and the direction of flow progressively changing, flowing to the NW at the start of Race 1 and moving to the NE tactical decisions were a movable feast, rich with opportunities to make gains and losses.

Australia's double world champion Tom Slingsby, who arrived late Saturday at Hayling Island fresh from winning the Etchells World Championships with America's Cup legend John Bertrand, showed no sign of ring rustiness when he won his first heat, but he admitted to trying to breaking from the pack's conventional thinking on the first downwind of the second race, and his error dropped him four boats to score an eighth.

Among those finishing their first day with results which were well ahead of their expectations were  Nicholas Heiner who won the first heat for the Yellow fleet, the biggest senior triumph yet for the young Dutch sailor who seeks to emulate or better the record of his 1996 Finn Olympic bronze medallist father, whilst Estonia's Karl-Martin Rammo paired up a third and first to match the first day 4pts tally of Goodison.

In the Junior World Championships Italy's Francesco Marrai leads the 118 boat fleet after posting a second and third. Competing for Ireland are Chris Penney, Aidan McLaverty and Hammy Baker.

Laser World Championships, Hayling Island GBR,
After Day 1
1 Michael Bullot (NZL) 1,2, 3pts
2 Paul Goodison (GBR) 3,1 4 pts
2 Karl-Martin Rammo (EST) 3,1 4pts
4 Luka Radelic (CRO) 2,2 4pts,
5 N Thompson (GBR) 2,3 5pts,
6 Pavlos Kontides (CYP) 4,3 7pts
7 Tom Slingsby (AUS) 1,8 9pts
8 Matthias Del Solar (CHI) 4,5 9pts
9 Andrew Murdoch (NZL) 6,4 10pts
10 Giacomo Bottolli (ITA) 9,4 13pts

Junior World Championships
1 Francesco Marrai (ITA) 2,3 5pts
2 Lukas Feuerherdt (GER) 1, 5 6pts
3 Thorbjoern Schierup (DEN) 3,3 6pts
4 Bogoslav Bugarin (CRO) 8,5, 13pts
5 Antony Munos (FRA) 14,2 16pts

Paul Goodison (GBR): "The first race started off in a really shifty breeze, up to 12 knots but it dropped back to five or six knots with some big swings in the wind. I think it was a bit of a patience game waiting for the wind to come back. It can be too easy to go chasing things, but the wind usually came back and so that was a bit of a patience game.
The second race got super light just before the start but at the gun there was probably 10-11 knots, that dropped to about 4-5 knots, but there was nearly a knot of tide and so it was very important to stay inside the laylines with that much of tide running. Quite a lot of the fleet got outside the port tack layline which meant them reaching in and pushing tide and that hurt them quite a lot.".
" We had three great weeks of breeze at Sail for Gold and for the two weeks since, and so here today it has been nice to remember how to do it in the light winds."
"After Sail for Gold I did three days here and then arrived her last week and have been sailing most days since then."

Andrew Maloney (NZL): "It was pretty shifty. I got a good start at the pin and then got a nice left shift and so managed to cross the fleet and from there it was just about sailing on the lifted tack and staying in the pressure on the downwind legs. It sounds easy but it wasn't!
The start and the first beat were vital and when you were out in front it got easier.
I was second at the first mark. He got back into the second left shift half way up the beat and that made the difference."

Nick Heiner (NED): "I had a really good start at the pin end, five boats from the pin and got a nice shift to the left and from there on was always ahead of the fleet, and could play with the shifts. Downwind I was not that fast, but I managed to stay ahead. But now I know what to work on for the coming days. It was a good start.
I like it here, with the current and the waves it is good fun, a bit like home in Schevenigen where I have trained a lot."

Tom Slingsby, (AUS): " I always say you can't win the regatta on the first day but you can lose and I managed not to do that which is good. It was a very tricky day with a lot of current. I got through pretty well, not as well as some but I am pretty happy with my day.
I have to say I was feeling a bit rusty on the way out to the start. Everyone else was kind of cruising around and I was racing trying to get used to it, trying to get the feel back. But all in all I sailed fine.
The first race was light, six to ten knots, I sailed quite well and rounded second and slowly caught the leader to win. The second race I was about fourth or fifth. But with the downwind the current was washing us straight across the course, I decided to take a bit of a risk and not join the train as we call it, and I broke away and unfortunately it did not work, but it could have been worse."

Karl-Martin Rammo (EST): "It was the best day of my life so far, off the charts. I managed to get in the front of the fleet early. First race I had a mediocre start but got to the front of the fleet by just sailing the shifts, I was kind of the middle but just got it right. It was so shifty and gusty.
The second race I had a really good start at the pin and tacked immediately and went pretty much to the right corner and was ahead at the upwind mark, had a mediocre downwind mark but has a good second upwind."

Nick Thompson (GBR): "All in all it was a pretty good start In the first race it was very shifty, probably averaging 10-12 knots at times but with big changes in pressure but it was nice to race in with lots of opportunities to come back. The second race was tough with strong current running which really skewed the course too much, but the race committee did a good job in moving the windward mark to square it up and so it was a decent race."

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