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Conditions were considered perfect, as light winds and bright sunshine shone down on the total of almost 40 competitors out on the water, sailing in dinghy, catamaran and trailer classes of wind-powered craft.
The three-day event will host 12 races, including the New Zealand Freshwater Etchell Championships, as well as an endurance race scheduled tomorrow, which could have competitors sailing from the yacht club near the town centre all the way to Mou Waho Island in the middle of Lake Wanaka.
Six races are scheduled to be held on the lake today, across both senior and junior divisions.