15 May 2016 -Thompson holds lead, Scheidt moves into medal position at Laser Worlds
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico) Nick Thompson of Great Britain had another good day at the races to close out the qualifying series in first place overall in the Laser Standard Men’s World Championship in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Thompson’s 2nd and 4th place allowed him to increase his advantage over Jean-Baptiste Bernaz of France to five points, a margin by which Laser Championships can be won or lost. Tomorrow the sailors will be split into gold and silver fleets to begin three days of finals series racing.
Celebrated Laser World Champion and Olympic medalist, Robert Scheidt, moved into third place with two more top-ten results while the previous third place holder, Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic, scored an 8th and 25th. Stipanovic now has to count a 14th (his previous discard race) but holds on to fourth place overall. Continue reading
Under 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.
The 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.
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The first 3 days from the 2016 Laser Radial Womens World Championships
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
Victoria has an ever growing Laser fleet and while you can always count on PSA for fast and reliable service via our online store, the need to have parts readily available on the ground is also a vital part of the service we offer Victorian Laser sailors. For this very reason we are excited to welcome our newest Victorian parts stockist Sundance Marine.
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Laser parts are now in stock so pop in and see the team.
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NBsailsports Laser Winter series 2016 is now “Live”! To enter online click link below:
Round 1: May 15 – MHASC, first start 1pm, 3 races
Round 2: June 18 – GRSC, first start 1pm, 3 races
Round 3: July 24 – Avalon SC, first start 11am, 3 races
Round 4: August 7 – RSYS, first 11am, 3 races
Round 5: August 27 – DBSC, first 1pm, 3 races
Check out our event on facebook: NBsailsports Winter Series 2016
Launched three years ago with great success, the NB Sailsports Laser Winter Series is back on this year’s calendar.
The series will consists of five one day events, roughly one a month running from early May until the end of August – with lots of promos and incentives.
Lots of exciting prizes are on offer but the ultimate prize of a free Laser trade for a NEW LASER is a big attraction to participate as every race completed earns a raffle ticket with the draw taking place at the final presentation. However you can also get lots of extra value in the form of a $500 voucher if you purchase a new laser prior to May. NB are of course ALWAYS OPEN for trades, but these do not qualify for the voucher, but you get 20% of all apparel purchased with your new ship.
See what our 2014 NB Sailsports Laser Winter Series Winner had to say after winning a new boat
“This is the first time I have ever won anything and it feels brilliant! I couldn’t be happier! My boat was the oldest in the fleet, appropriately named, FLUKE!”
– Daryl Lawrence (DBSC)