The Contender class began their Open U.S. Championship on Wednesday with 27 boats in the water.

After a short postponement, light spring breeze allowed the regatta to begin.

First place finishers of the day were Joachim Harpprecht (of Germany) and Ethan Bixby (of the US). Congratulations to all finishers.

Racing for the Open US Championship will continue through Friday. After a break over the weekend, the 2016 World Championship will begin on Monday.

The Santa Cruz Yacht Club would like to extend a warm welcome to all competitors and their guests.