Some consistent scoring from Ireland's two 49er skiff teams on day two of the 49er World Championships in Auckland harbour sees Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle lead the Irish quest for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Regatta qualification.
Day two saw lighter winds than the breezy opening races on Monday.
Likewise, Howth Yacht Club duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, who notched up their first world championship race win in the opening rounds yesterday added a third-place to their scoresheet today to be 26th overall with results of 1, 13, 13, 12, 20 and 3. They lie just outside the gold fleet cut but with more racing to follow.
Full results are here. Organisers have indicated countries seeking Olympic berths with a blue bar.
The Irish teams sailed in separate flights of 30 boats each in these qualifying rounds.
Three races remain on Thursday to decide the Gold, Silver and Bronze fleet splits for the 88 crews representing 30 countries.
As Afloat previously reported, this week's Championships is the most important regatta for sailors outside of the Olympic Games and four Olympic berths are up for grabs but Ireland must finish in the top eight overall to be in with a realistic chance of securing one of these prized places.
After six races from a possible 20 in six days, both Irish teams are still some way off the predicted top eight cut but the early consistent form shown in a fleet with such a depth of talent is a promising sign.
Racing continues on Thursday with three more qualifying races to decide Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets. A further nine races are then scheduled including Sunday leading to a medal race final for the top ten boats.
Watch a blue fleet start below:
49erFX - Tidey is Eighth
Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor Saskia Tidey who sailed for Ireland in Rio in the 49erFX but will represent Team GB in Tokyo 2020 with Charlotte Dobson is lying eighth overall after four sailed. The Dun Laoghaire sailor is discarding a 16th scored in the opening race. Results are here.