The second day of the International Cadet Nationals provided sailors with the first three heats of the championship on a gorgeous day at the Largs Bay Sailing Club.
Race one saw a Tasmanian top three finish as William Cooper and Hugo Allison took the top step in Impulse.
Will and Hugo had a commanding lead at the top mark but had to fight off a fast finishing Archer Ibbott and Sammy Legg in Little Devil.
The conditions favoured sailors experienced in big waves although the wind strength was only a shifty 10 to 15 knots.
The afternoon session started with race two as a closely fought contest up the first windward beat saw It’s Pink take the lead and then extend it, rounding the second top mark further ahead.
Isabella Declerck and Isabel Wilcox were ecstatic with the race win, celebrating with a high-five and a hug as they crossed the finish line.
The wind built throughout race two and turned from 12 knots into an 18-knot Largs Bay sea breeze that saw the Victorian pairing of Dominic Randall and Elliot Hughes in Brothers in Arms win the race comfortably.
The pair said they favoured the heavier conditions, but might be disheartened looking at the long range forecast as extreme hot weather is likely to be on its way.
The day’s racing saw excellent representation from all the competing states with the winner of the individual overall nationals and the Tillett Teams Trophy likely to come down to the most consistent performers.
The schedule for day three of racing is to fit another three races in before a well-deserved lay day to give the young bodies and minds a much-needed rest.