After two days of tricky shifting breeze in the Solent, the New Zealand Team racing Feng Shui of Andrew Wills, Anatole Masfen and Matthew Kelway, has won the 2016 Etchells Open European Championship. The team from Royal Akarana Yacht Club scored no worse than a seventh, in the four race series, to win the first regatta of the event, and bragging rights for the forthcoming 2016 Etchells World Championship.

Kiwis on Top For the first day of the 2016 Etchells Open European Championship, Principal Race Officer, Phil Lawrence, prophesied that it might be a long day and he was spot on. The wind behaved worse than a wayward child, refusing to settle down until mid-afternoon. Once the wind settled into the northwest, three good races were held in the Central Solent. However, it wasn't until sundown that the fleet returned to Cowes Yacht Haven.

Provisional Results from the first day of the Etchells Open European Championship.

Racing got under way for the magnificent Etchells fleet, with a one-day practice regatta, organised by North Sails One-Design expert, and current Etchells World Champion, Skip Dieball. Competitors enjoyed on-the-water coaching and a video debrief after racing.

Action for the international fleet gathered in Cowes for the 2016 Etchells World Championship starts today, Sunday 28 August at 1100 (gmt+1), with a Training Regatta hosted by 2015 Etchells World Champion, Skip Dieball.

58 teams from all over the world have entered the 2016 Etchells World Championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Boasting at least thirteen current and past Etchells World Champions, as well as Olympic medallist, America's Cup sailors, and world champions from numerous sailing classes. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.