Racing on the final day of the Laser Masters World Championships was brought forward an hour to increase the possibility of all fleets sailing at least one final race. In hindsight, it was a wise move as the wind pattern of previous days was repeated. An offshore land breeze from the North eventually shifted to build from the South West after a two-hour wait afloat. Continue reading
Pavlos Kontides wins Laser Worlds
Split, Croatia (September 19, 2017) – The second electrical storm of the week at the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships passed by today while the fleet were held on shore. Although it was not directly overhead, it was strong enough to destroy the gradient wind. After passing, it left behind a rare, unstable, and light easterly wind.
The islands around Split were reporting various wind directions after the storm and significantly, the forecasted north westerly had not developed by the 14:00, the latest launching time to achieve a start before the final warning signal cut off. At the final start time, there was zero wind, and the championship was called.
After his strong performance yesterday, 27-year-old Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus claims the 2017 title. Winning by 15 clear points in a star-studded fleet, through mixed sailing conditions, is an amazing victory respected by all of his competitors. In 2012, he became the first Olympic sailing medalist from Cyprus and now he has become the first Olympic class World Champion from Cyprus. Olympic Gold in 2020 is well within his sights.
With no races completed, the leaderboard remains unchanged and Australians Tom Burton and Matt Wearn take home silver and bronze, only one point apart.
Event website https://laserworlds2017.com/
The weather changed again for the first day of Final Series racing in the Laser Standard Men’s World Championship in Split, Croatia.
The start of racing was delayed to wait for an impressive electric storm with golf ball sized hail to pass over the city.
The first attempt to start was on a new course area in a light, northwest offshore wind. Most of the fleet favored the seaward side of the course. At the committee boat, Mitchell Kennedy AUS had a clear run at the line and worked the middle-to-right side of the course to round first, ahead of Pavlos Kontides CYP and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA.
The fleet split on the downwind as the breeze went soft. Initially, the sea-side fleet seemed to have the advantage. About halfway down the leg, a slightly stronger pressure line came out from the shore side, resulting in an already tight fleet packing closer. After the first ten boats cleared the gate with Kennedy just in front of Bernaz, the remaining forty squeezed through the gate almost as one. Continue reading
There were plenty of sore bodies after racing overnight (NZ time) at the Laser world championships in Croatia and there was also a fair degree of satisfaction as well as disappointment among the Kiwi contingent.
Sam Meech continued his good form, collecting three second-placed finishes in the strong winds to sit in fourth, only two points behind Cypriot Pavlos Kontides, and he was joined in the top 10 by Tom Saunders, who is seventh after banking a second, fourth and third in his three races.
Andrew McKenzie thought he had moved up considerably into 17th after three solid races only to be slapped with a disqualification after a protest. It meant the 46th he scored in the opening race of the regatta needed to count – all sailors discard their worst score in qualifying – and he slipped well down the leaderboard. Continue reading
The Coast Championship is set to roll on the weekend of 21st and 22nd October at Gosford Sailing Club.
Gosford Sailing Club is a great social club with relatively uncrowded sailing waters and only a short drive up the freeway from Sydney.
There is good local accommodation around Gosford and out to the coast at places like Terrigal and Avoca. Alternatively from Sydney you can drive in/drive out if you like to sleep at home.
Go to your favourite accommodation site or click links below for places to stay.