Nick Thompson Tightens His Grip on the Laser World Championship
Another day of champagne sailing in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico saw defending champion, Nick Thompson of Great Britain, extend his lead in the Laser Standard Men’s World Championship. Thompson not only posted the best result of the day by 8 points, but more importantly he put 15 points on his nearest rival, Jean-Bapiste Bernaz of France, to solidify his position on top of the leader board. Continue reading
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.
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.
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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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)