The opening race was a fantastic battle between Lawrie Smith and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox. Lawrie led from the start with Gavia 10 to 12 boat lengths behind with Martin Byrne a further dozen boat lengths back in third at the first mark. They held positions on the first run but Gavia made up distance on the second beat and run coming to the final leeward mark neck and neck with Smith but on the outside of the turn to the hook finish putting Smith in control. Gavia made up more ground on the reach to the finish but could not get past Lawrie. Martin Byrne led the rest of the pack in for third place.
Race Committee going straight into race 2.