Coast skipper James Hodgson finished yesterday's second day of the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship, being held on Sydney Harbour this week, on the front foot.
The first day was tough with a new crew, strong wind and plenty of chop from the passing bustling harbour traffic to contend with.
"Other than that it was pretty perfect match racing conditions,” Hodgson, 17, said.
His Sunshine Coast Sailing Team, with Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club's Fergus Gillanders and three experienced crew of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, finished with six wins from 11 matches.
"Our pre-starts were probably our weakness. We only had one or two starts where we came off in the absolute controlling position. It wasn't a bad first bad day with a new crew,” he added.
That result forced them into yesterday's repecharge to race off between the lowest performing eight international teams for the chance to secure one of four places in the quarter-finals.
They raced in lighter conditions and bedded down their form as they won two from two matches before all teams were sent ashore as a strong southerly started to pound the harbour.
Hodgson said he is taking a lot of positives out the experience of racing at this level.
"No race is an easy win which is what you would expect in this quality fleet,” Hodgson said.
Racing continues today with the forecast for 15 to 20 knots.
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