Racing got underway at the 49er World Championships in New Zealand this morning with two Irish crews aiming to qualify Ireland for next year's Tokyo Olympics.

World Under-23 bronze medallists Robert Dickson (Howth YC) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) opened the 20-race series with a race win on Auckland Hharbour. 

The pair went on to place 12th in the second race of the day.

Double-Olympic veteran Ryan Seaton (Ballyholme Yacht Club) with crew Séafra Guilfoyle (Royal Cork YC) took 11th place in their first race in a separate flight of 30 boats.

They followed this with a seventh in race two before racing was abandoned.

High winds delayed the schedule. Organisers had to hold off until a weather front cleared the racing area, causing a six-hour wait for the 89 crews representing 30 countries.

Day two of racing will begin one hour earlier on Wednesday to catch up on the lost programme.