Series contenders

Early contenders emerged after an intriguing opening day of competition at World Cup Series Enoshima in Japan.

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The venue will host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition in just under two years’ time and the competitors are using the event to develop their knowledge of the field of play.

Out of the 466 sailors from 44 nations, the World Champions crowned in Aarhus have come to the forefront once again, suggesting that their talents and racing know-how can be seemingly transferred from one venue to the next.

Winning a medal on Olympic waters in advance of an Olympic Games is a strong indicator of what’s to come, and the Men’s 470 fleet is full of world-class competitors aiming for the podium.

Rio 2016 silver medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are down in eighth, with Greek bronze medallists Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis in fifth.

Best result for the Aussie sailors was Matt Wearn, third in the Men’s Laser, while Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse were a creditable fourth in the Nacras.

Competition continues today. There is no change in the wind direction from the day prior with a north east breeze. It will start off between 12-17 knots before decreasing to 10-14 knots which is slightly lighter than Tuesday. The offshore racing areas will be more stable than those closer to shore.

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