Changing conditions on Sunday (14. August) at the Laser Youth World Championships (U-21) in Kiel reshuffled the cards. Three races were sailed in the Laser Standard (men) as well as the Laser Radial (women). In the lighter winds, a number of sailors finished closer to the top positions – putting pressure on the earlier favourites. But at the end of the day, where the 144 men are now divided into a gold and silver fleet for the final round, the favourites have held the lead. Continue reading
Ashley Stoddart (Laser Radial)
In another impressive performance, Laser Radial sailor, Ashley Stoddart has secured a place in Monday’s medal race in Rio (2am Tuesday AEST).
Stoddart finished the preliminary series with a seventh and an eighth in today’s two races and is currently laying ninth overall. Only the top 10 boats compete in the medal race.
“I didn’t really know the points going into today, I just knew that if I had a good day, it was possible, so I just went out.” Continue reading
Australian Laser sailor Tom Burton goes into Monday’s medal race guaranteed a place on the podium. He finished the qualifying series 10 points behind Croatian Tonci Stipanovic and 10 points ahead of third-placed Sam Meech of New Zealand.
It has been a remarkable comeback after a poor start to the regatta when Burton placed 17th in the first race and eighth in the second. Since then his scores have not been spectacular and he hasn’t won a race, but six single single-figure scores when all around him was chaos have been enough to earn him a shot at the highest prize. Today he had an 11th in the first race and a fourth in the second. Continue reading