Championships in Melbourne are well placed after the first day of racing on Thursday. Udi Gal and Gidi Kliger, who have claimed the bronze medal in the last two World Championships, finished Thursday's races in third and sixth respectively and are in ninth place overall. "The most important thing is that we remain consistent throughout the championships," Gal and Kliger said. "The overall standings are very tight and we must maintain our composure. We're happy we got the championships off to a good start and we hope to improve with every race." In the women's competition, Nike Kornecki and Vered Buskila are in fourth place overall after ending their races in fifth and second respectively.