More breeze works wonders at Laser Masters

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Day 4 of the Laser Masters Worlds in Australia and some decent wind, a south/south-easterly breeze that finally reached as much as 14 knots, off Terrigal in what has been very much a light weather affair so far.

Yellowtail Wines, which many have sampled and taken pleasure from this week, sponsored today's racing in which two Australian defending world champions, Brett Beyer (Standard Apprentice) and Mark Bethwaite (Standard Grand Master) bounced back from their 'disaster' days on Tuesday, both winning two races from two today to reclaim their respective leads.

Steve Cockerill from Britain lost his overall lead in the Radial Masters despite good second and third placings - but not good enough against New Zealander Mark Orams, who had back to back wins and takes a five point lead over Cockerill.

Aussie Greg Adams is in third place and he too came up with the goods with second and fourth places, whilst Chris Raab of the USA holds down fourth place after eighth and fifth places, dropping his eighth.

Cockerill, commented on his day out: 'Not bad. I went to the gate, myself and the Canadian (Al Clark) were second and third, but with the shift, we went to ninth and 10th. I pulled back on the run to finish third. 'In the second one I was ninth and worked my way back to second. I had a good day passing boats - I think I passed more boats than anyone else today!'

Radial Master John Fullerton commented: 'I had a reasonable first race, but the second was a disaster! As soon as the wind stopped, I stopped as well. I dropped right out to around 5 knots.'

In the Radial Grand Masters, Britain's Peter Whip won the first race and then finished seventh in the second to move into fourth overall, one point off the leading Aussie trio. Peter Heywood continues to lead by four points over Brian Watson with Lew Verdon third but 18 points behind the leader.

It was a slightly frustrated Peter Heywood who came ashore after a pair of second places in the Radial Grand Master fleet. 'It was a really close finish in both races. In the second race the wind went all the way around the compass, there were holes everywhere in the course - it was terrible,' he said.

In the Standard Apprentice event Orlando Gledhill had a couple of fourth places to stay in contact with the leading group headed by Aussie Brett Beyer, with New Zelander Rohan Lord in second and the Finn Jyri Taimen third. Chris Gowers is in fifth overall after a 10th and an 8th, and Simon Barrington just stays in the top ten after a 20th and a 12th.

Mark Bethwaite was able to discard his 51st after his double wins and leads the Standard Grand Masters by two points from Wolfgang Gerz of Germany, with Robert Lowndes of Australia third. Good finishes of fourth and sixth keep Keith Wilkins in sixth place overall.

Also on a double win was American James Liebl, the overall leader in the Radial Apprentice, was one of the first ashore. 'I got two wins,' he said. 'The first beat of the second race, the wind was up a bit; it was beautiful sailing; absolutely gorgeous. The waves were getting bigger and breaking on the headland; the colour was just beautiful,' he said. 'I got clean starts and I didn't over-sheet the boat, because it was quite sloppy, so I moved through the water faster. I got a lift and kind of separated off and gained distance,' he said, describing his races.

Defending champion Peter Seidenberg from the USA continues his solid lead in the Great Grand Master division, completely happy in the light airs of this World's. However, the gap is closing and his old rival and 2006 world champ Kerry Waraker scored a second and third today and is now six points behind. Tom Speed of New Zealand had a great day out, winning Race 6 to stay in third place overall, now 13 points behind the American leader.

Both Standard and Radial fleets came ashore in swell and on breaking waves - the sight was spectacular and it was rewarding to see a number of sailors, waiting to hose their boats down, go back to the beach to help other tired bodies wheel their boats up the ramp. Sailing has always been that kind of sport. It forms strong bonds and makes for enduring friendships.

Laser Masters World Championship - Leading positions after discard

Radial Apprentice
1 USA 170673 Liebl James, Male, 14 -3 2 2 1 1 1 7.0
2 AUS 188594 Jagger John, Male, 106 4 1 1 6 2 -12 14.0
3 NZL 181949 Tam Edmund, Male, 9 -18 6 8 3 5 2 24.0

Radial Masters
1 NZL 181311 Orams Mark, Male, 259 1 -9 1 2 1 1 6.0
2 GBR 181711 Cockerill Stephen, Male, 326 -6 2 3 1 3 2 11.0
3 AUS 190365 Adams Greg, Male, 81 2 -4 2 4 2 4 14.0
4 USA 184433 Raab Chris, Male, 193 3 3 4 3 -8 5 18.0
5 CAN 175948 Clark Al, Male, 4 -10 1 5 5 9 7 27.0
6 GBR 183952 Reay John, Male, 74 7 10 9 7 -16 8 41.0
7 AUS 181905 French Adam, Male, 1 8 5 15 -19 5 9 42.0
8 NZL 182995 Keeton Michael, Male, 44 4 7 14 12 -22 6 43.0
9 NZL 181722 Page Mark, Male, 263 5 6 6 24 7 -35 48.0
10 FIN 185343 Baltscheffsky Martin, Male, 307 -20 11 16 8 13 3 51.0

Radial Grand Masters
1 AUS 189028 Heywood Peter, Male, 196 -5 1 1 4 2 2 10.0
2 AUS 192710 Watson Brian, Male, 155 4 2 2 3 3 -6 14.0
3 AUS 191608 Verdon Lew, Male, 207 2 4 6 -10 8 8 28.0
4 GBR 176743 Whipp Peter, Male, 208 -11 5 5 11 1 7 29.0
5 NZL 150010 Ineson Richard, Male, 276 9 9 -12 6 5 1 30.0
6 GBR 186885 Rawet Ian, Male, 125 3 7 3 7 -16 13 33.0
7 FRA 191500 Marcon Poopy, Male, 248 1 11 8 -20 4 11 35.0
8 AUS 172258 Sprague John, Male, 90 13 10 4 -23 7 4 38.0
9 AUS 185368 Walker Geoff, Male, 41 12 3 7 8 10 -14 40.0
10 AUS 180032 Schmechtig Klaus, Male, 187 16 6 10 1 12 -17 45.0

Radial Great Grand Masters
1 USA 189811 Seidenberg Peter, Male, 156 1 2 1 1 1 -4 6.0
2 AUS 190366 Waraker Kerry, Male, 154 -4 1 2 4 2 3 12.0
3 NZL 181966 Speed Tom, Male, 242 3 5 5 -6 5 1 19.0
4 AUS 163949 Marshall Greg, Male, 85 6 -14 8 3 6 2 25.0
5 AUS 190351 Taylor Howard, Male, 109 9 9 4 5 -11 6 33.0
6 NZL 176919 Quinn Jim, Male, 18 5 12 3 2 12 -17 34.0
7 AUS 163886 Piefke Ben, Male, 115 8 4 -15 11 3 10 36.0
8 NZL 170535 Hansen Jack, Male, 3 11 7 (ocs) 8 7 5 38.0
9 NZL 170538 Maddren Colin, Male, 245 2 -22 6 9 14 8 39.0
10 AUS 190349 d'Helin John, Male, 70 -20 3 9 12 8 15 47.0
11 GBR 179618 Stenhouse Robin, Male, 328 7 6 10 13 18 -22 54.0

Standard Apprentice Masters
1 AUS 192577 Beyer Brett, 135 1 1 (ocs) 1 1 4.0
2 NZL 191624 Lord Rohan, 344 -3 2 2 2 2 8.0
3 FIN 169983 Taiminen Jyrki, 130 2 3 1 5 -6 11.0
4 GBR 192654 Gledhill Orlando, 100 4 6 -12 4 4 18.0
5 GBR 149619 Gowers Christopher, 229 -11 4 3 10 8 25.0
6 AUS 192641 Baisden Tony, 230 13 8 7 -28 3 31.0
7 AUS 181699 Maher Andrew, 23 9 9 8 6 -13 32.0
8 AUS 174329 Faddy Matthew, 339 12 11 -20 3 7 33.0
9 NZL 186658 Dellabarca Andrew, 31 -21 13 6 7 10 36.0
10 GBR 174686 Barrington Simon, 346 5 5 16 -20 12 38.0

Standard Masters
1 AUS 192601 Taylor Bradley, 127 2 1 -3 1 1 5.0
2 AUS 189014 Scholten Jan, 22 1 2 7 1 -8 11.0
3 CAN 187740 Roy Andy, 63 1 2 -38 9 2 14.0

Standard Grand Masters
1 AUS 191641 Bethwaite Mark, 142 5 1 -51 1 1 8.0
2 GER 192673 Gerz Wolfgang, 174 -4 2 2 2 4 10.0
3 AUS 190362 Lowndes Robert, 165 1 5 -14 6 3 15.0
4 GER 192653 Nissen Michael, 8 7 3 -22 3 2 15.0
5 AUS 191638 Schlachter Jack, 157 3 4 6 5 -13 18.0
6 GBR 178770 Wilkins Keith, 138 2 -15 11 4 6 23.0
7 AUS 175298 Homan Sean, 358 8 9 9 9 -28 35.0
8 USA 149482 Peckover Doug, 2 6 14 -37 7 15 42.0
9 CAN 187152 Brown Ken, 251 15 6 13 10 -20 44.0
10 AUS 192564 Kurys-romer Stefan, 330 13 8 -30 14 11 46.0
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