Laser Radial Men and Youth Worlds - Day 1

Day One of the 2008 Laser Radial Men’s and Youth World Championship got underway in New Zealand. The day brought superb sailing conditions with a constant 8-10 knots of breeze from a north-easterly direction. Chloe Martin is the top placed GBR sailor, fourth in the Women's Youth event. James Spencer, in ninth, is the top placed male Youth for GBR and Ben Paton is 18th in the Men's event.

With the pressure of getting four fleets underway (Youth Men’s split into two) and two races for each fleet each day, the race committee welcomed the consistent breeze.

Tide would have been mentioned in everyone’s conversation today as all the fleets are littered with numerous starting penalties with sailors being caught out by the spring tides. The Youth Men’s fleet being the worst hit with seventeen black flag penalties in the second race of the day.

New Zealand tops the leader board in both the Youth Men’s and Youth Female fleets. In the Youth Men’s fleet Matt Vincent pulled out a fantastic start to the regatta with two wins. Andy Maloney (NZL) is second equal on points with Guilherme Pereira (BRA) on one win and a third placing. In the Youth Female fleet Cushla Hume-Merry (NZL) is on four points with Gabrielle King (AUS) nipping at her heals in second on five points, Claire Dennis (USA) is third and Chloe Martin (GBR) fourth on twelve points.

The Men’s fleet is hotly contested with many local laser sailors taking advantage of a world contest nearby and jumping into the radial. Giving them a run for their money are top Laser sailors Brad Funk (USA) and Michael Leigh (CAN) who are first equal on points at the top of the Men’s fleet. James Sandall (NZL) is third on twelve points.

Laser Radial Youth Women - Leading Results

1 NZL 192278 Hume-Merry Cushla 4.0pts 2 2
2 AUS 186668 King Gabrielle 5.0 4 1
3 USA 182841 Dennis Claire 10.0 3 7
4 GBR 190565 Martin Chloe 12.0 6 6
5 FRA 191365 de Kerangat Mathilde 14.0 11 3
6 GBR 189200 Addy Melissa 17.0 7 10
7 GBR 192581 Diamond Hannah 19.0 8 11
8 ISV 193077 Roller Mayumi 19.0 10 9
9 AUS 191626 Stoddart Ashley 20.0 15 5
10 IRL 190587 Murphy Annalise 21.0 17 4
11 AUS 188780 South Alexandra 27.0 9 18
12 NZL 181720 Tootill Sarah 28.0 16 12
13 GBR 187904 Tweddell Grace 29.0 21 8
14 NED 187600 Broekhuizen Michelle 34.0 18 16
15 GRE 165211 Psoma Antonia 35.0 20 15
16 GRE 189252 Agrafioti Anna 37.0 24 13
17 DEN 184984 Gunni Sarah 40.0 1 bfd
18 ITA 182770 Facchini Valeria 40.0 14 26
19 GBR 184854 Platts Sophie 42.0 23 19
20 CRO 182690 Dujmovic Marina 43.0 29 14

Laser Radial Youth Men - Leading Results

1 NZL 185378 Vincent Matt 2.0pts 1 1
2 NZL 181961 Maloney Andrew 4.0 3 1
3 BRA 189532 Pereira Guilherme 4.0 1 3
4 NZL 185381 McKee Cameron 6.0 2 4
5 NZL 190332 Meech Sam 8.0 6 2
6 IRL 191247 Penney Chris 8.0 2 6
7 NZL 181998 Deegan Luke 9.0 3 6
8 FRA 188506 Florent Blais 10.0 8 2
9 GBR 187491 Spencer James 10.0 5 5
10 NED 184292 Ter Haar Sierk Jan 12.0 9 3
11 NZL 191623 Dow Travis 13.0 9 4
12 BRA 159694 Mazzaferro Stefano 13.0 4 9
13 CRO 189016 Peresa Marko 14.0 7 7
14 BRA 185098 Pinna Baepi 15.0 4 11
15 NZL 188807 Saunders Jason 15.0 5 10
16 MAS 182997 Hairudin Harrithammry 22.0 6 16
17 GBR 189362 Evans Martin 22.0 10 12
18 AUS 163194 Noye Elliott 23.0 12 11
19 USA 175086 Dugdale Nicholas 24.0 17 7
20 TRI 175772 Leighton Stuart 24.0 16 8

Laser Radial Men - Leading Results

1 USA 184454 Funk Brad 4.0pts 1 3
2 CAN 175948 Leigh Michael 4.0 2 2
3 NZL 184685 Sandall James 7.0 6 1
4 NED 181979 Pelt Gijs 13.0 3 10
5 CAL 190888 Frei Mathieu 13.0 4 9
6 AUS 192291 Palk Ryan 20.0 15 5
7 AUS 188795 Burman James 22.0 18 4
8 NZL 191211 Overington Mark 24.0 11 13
9 CRO 187073 Matika Filip 25.0 17 8
10 NZL 187891 McLay Blair 29.0 22 7
11 CAL 186634 Leseigneur Malo 29.0 9 20
12 NZL 162120 Cree Elliot 29.0 10 19
13 AUS 186652 Brown Tristan 31.0 14 17
14 NZL 181880 Andrews Max 32.0 8 24
15 NED 192302 Koppelaar Ben 32.0 21 11
16 AUS 187925 Gunther Benjamin 33.0 27 6
17 USA 188670 Alley Philip 34.0 5 29
18 GBR 182523 Paton Ben 35.0 23 12
19 ITA 181441 Baruzzi Marco 37.0 16 21
20 NZL 181311 Orams Mark 40.0 25 15

Full results at http://www.takapunaworlds.org/index.cfm?eid=991
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