Megan Aulich with the Aussie flag at the opening ceremony. Three crews from Sandringham YC are at the worlds.
The first day of on water activity included a practice race and a few much needed practice starts. Pretty punishing weather saw a fleet of 50 odd boats out for the invitational race, which started on a black flag after nearly half the fleet jumped all three practice starts.
The opening ceremony was held at Shake-a-Leg Miami with live music and the procession of flag bearers, the Australian flag being borne by current 2019 Sandringham Yacht Club, Club person of the year Megan Aulich.
Megan is sailing with Jack Fullerton on Two Dogs competing with the other 81 J24s on beautiful Biscay Bay. There are two other Australian teams from Sandringham competing, being crews lead by Warren Campbell (J Force) and Ron Thomson ( Wildfire). Racing is expected to be very intense with 10 races over 5 days in one of the most competitive fleets seen in recent J24 world championships. 20 different nations have entered, 5 former world champions, and a number of professional teams showing the great depth the class worldwide.
Current results can be found here