Annalise Murphy made the perfect start to her title challenge at the 2013 Laser European & World Championships on Dublin Bay.
Murphy cruised to two decisive wins in tricky windy conditions in her Laser Radial qualifying fleet after moving clear of her fleet early on both of the first upwind legs and was able to extend a little in the first race.
But in the second heat a knot in her mainsheet on the final run compromised her, being challenged by Belarus’ world number one Tatiana Drozkovskaya, but the Dublin sailor was able to sort herself out to hold on and win.
Murphy said: “It was pretty windy out there, windier than I expected, but also fun because the wind was flicking back and forwards and so if you got into phase. I like these conditions like today because it is something I grew up sailing with here and so it was fun, shifting offshore winds.”
Ireland’s young ISAF Youth World’s silver medallist Finn Lynch, also racing from his home club, started well with a first and a fifth in his Laser Radial qualifier.