Hi all. After buying a Laser 3 months ago I did my first open on Sunday. Due to bad weather and it clashing with another big Laser event there were only 7 of us. However this didn't stop me having a brilliant time, I've only really done handicap racing before and this fleet racing is a completely different game. I was pleased with my progress through the day, race 1 straight to the back of the fleet and stayed there, race 2 mid fleet most of the race then done over on the last few marks and race 3 was the high point. Good start for a change then flew up the beat to lead round the windward mark. This left me with a novel problem I hadn't experienced before, no boat in front to show me were the next mark is! Time to make a guess then, watch the fleet behind head off in another direction. Just about get to the next mark in front then repeat the whole procedure and end up near the back. Oh well great day anyway with quite a few lessons learned.