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CONGRATULATIONS ALISON YOUNG – LASER RADIAL WORLD CHAMP !

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Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 1.27.19 PMUnder sunny skies on Banderas Bay, Alison Young (GBR) edged past Paige Railey (USA) with a win in the final race to claim the World Championship by one point. It was a difficult conclusion for Railey, who was leading the regatta going into the final day. Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) moved up to third, followed by Marit Bouwmeester (NED), who dropped to fourth after a disappointing first race, and Gintare Scheidt (LTU).

The Gold fleet had a clean start in the first race (Race F12) at 1340h in 8-10 knots of a SSW breeze. Most of the fleet tacked to port early in the first leg, looking for the right shift that has been the afternoon pattern, although it didn’t materialize that first leg.

Gintare Scheidt (LTU) claimed the first mark and held the lead for the race. The wind built, and race committee extended the length of the second upwind leg on the outside of the trapezoid course. Young and Railey fought it out for a top-five finish, with Young taking it, but Railey still leading in total points.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 1.28.59 PMThe wind shifted right for the second race (Race F13) and built to 12-14 knots, but with patches that dropped below 10 knots. After a general recall, the second start was clean. Young claimed the lead early on and held it to the end. Railey needed a fourth or better to win the championship, but fell two places short. Still, she had a very consistent regatta, and is poised to do well at the Olympics in Rio this summer.

In the Silver Fleet, Silvia Zennaro (ITA) sailed a strong Finals Series, with four top-three finishes, to win over Agata Barwinski (POL), followed by Annalise Murphy (IRL). There was great racing in Mexico this week. This event is followed by several other Laser World Championships, all hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club.

FULL LIST OF RESULTS HERE

 

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Laser radial worlds update

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19 Apr 2016 – Finishing in the top five in both races today, Paige Railey (USA) moved up to claim the lead in the Gold fleet at the end of Day 6. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) remains in second, followed Alison Young (GBR), Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN), and Gintare Scheidt (LTU).
Race 10 started in 8-10 knots of a southwesterly breeze under mostly clear skies on Banderas Bay. The first start in the Gold fleet led to a general recall, but they started cleanly under a black flag (disqualification for starting early) on the second attempt.  The Silver fleet also had aggressive starts, with general recalls and several competitors disqualified under the black flag.
The breeze shifted to the right, and built to 16, knots as the afternoon progressed. The stronger breeze led to larger waves than we’ve seen this week, benefitting those sailors who could best work the waves.
The start of Race 11 was delayed as the westerly wind settled in.  But clouds began to appear, and the wind began to fade after both fleets had started. The race committee shortened the race for both fleets after the second windward leg.
Tomorrow is the final day of the competition, with two races scheduled for each fleet.  At the end of the day, the Laser Class will have a new Women’s World Champion.

 

The history of the Laser, Bruce Kirby and Ian Bruce

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Bruce Kirby, 87, the designer of the most popular sailing boat in history has written this piece on the early years of the Laser dinghy, after the death of his friend and Laser builder Ian Bruce. Reading this article one recalls that Kirby was a fine   journalist as well as being a damn good yacht designer,  with 65 boats to his credit. Continue reading