Slingsby continues to dominate Laser Europeans

Tom Slingsby leads on Day of the European Championship for Laser Senior in Nieuwpoort, Belgium on July 16, 2008. Photos by Thom Touw.

Australian Tom Slingsby continues his dominance in the European Laser Standard Championship with his fourth first place finish in race 5.

The start of race 5 was delayed slightly due to a large commercial ship entering the port forcing the sailors to wait ashore. Once onto the race area a strong current and steady wind of 10 knots provided a challenging race. The first start resulted in a general recall but got away the second time with four black flags issued including Diego Romero (ITA). The remaining two fleets left the start cleanly with wins for Matias Del Solar (CHI) and Tonci Stipanovic (CRO).

In race 6 the current was almost slack and turned during the race, leading to a challenging final leg for the last fleet as some sailors had difficulty reaching the finish line. With a nine knot wind the first fleet started cleanly. The red fleet started second and had to be recalled but then restarted cleanly the second time. Finally, the yellow fleet had a clean start but with two black flags issued. As the races progressed the wind dropped to six knots.

Race 6 winners where Diego Romero, Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) and Joaquin Blanco Albalat (ESP).

Two bullets bring Sarah Blanck up the leaderboard in the Laser Radial Women's Championship.

With wins in race 5 and race 6 Sarah Blanck (AUS) moved into fourth place overall. Challenging race conditions with a strong current and winds ranging from six to ten knots meant the European Laser Radial Women's Championship saw several changes in the overall positions at the end of day 3. Sari Multala (FIN) took second place in race 5 maintaining her overall lead whilst Katarzyna Szotynska (POL) scored a second place in race 5 followed by a win in race 6 moving her from sixth to third overall.

Sarah Blanck on the third Day of the Laser Radial Womens European Championship. Photo by Thom Touw.
Two bullets help Jon Emmett recover his place at the top of the leaderboard.

Day 3 saw Jon Emmett (GBR) recover his overall lead with two first places from Wojciech Zemke (POL) who also took a 1st place in race 5 and now sits only one point behind Emmett in second place overall. With only one black flag and one OCS for the two races the Men's Championship was managed well in the challenging conditions.

Results

European Laser Standard Senior Championship 2008
Scores take into account 1 discard

No Sailno Name Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 AUS 192274 Slingsby Tom 8,0 1 1 1 (4) 1 4
2 GBR 193501 Goodison Paul 13,0 1 3 5 2 (7) 2
3 SLO 182671 Zbogar Vasilij 14,0 4 3 1 3 (9) 3
4 GBR 193264 Thompson Nick 14,0 2 3 (7) 2 4 3
5 CAN 188818 Leigh Michael 16,0 3 1 4 (7) 6 2
6 GER 183431 Schadewaldt Tobias 19,0 7 1 3 1 7 (8)
7 CHI 161167 Del Solar Matias 23,0 2 5 7 8 1 (21)
8 CRO 188810 Radelic Luka 23,0 (9) 7 3 1 9 3
9 ITA 189107 Romero Diego 26,0 3 7 5 10 (bfd) 1
10 NED 192625 Van Schaardenburg Rutger 26,0 6 6 (16) 5 4 5

European Laser Radial Women's Championship 2008
Scores take into account 1 discard

No Sailno Name Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 FIN 190609 Multala Sari 6,0 1 1 1 1 2 (16)
2 BEL 188816 Van Acker Evi 13,0 3 1 5 1 3 (9)
3 POL 192682 Szotynska Katarzyna 13,0 2 4 (14) 4 2 1
4 AUS 192293 Blanck Sarah 15,0 4 (15) 2 7 1 1
5 FRA 185350 Steyaert Sarah 17,0 3 3 3 (6) 6 2
6 FRA 191336 de Turckheim Sophie 18,0 1 2 3 2 (26) 10
7 ESP 192692 Reyes Lucia 26,0 4 7 6 4 5 (44)
8 USA 189011 Railey Paige 31,0 7 2 2 (bfd) 1 19
9 ITA 188561 Nevierov Larissa 32,0 (14) 12 4 5 4 7
10 GBR 191316 Clark Penny 36,0 10 5 1 (bfd) 11 9

European Laser Radial Men's Championship 2008
Scores take into account 1 discard

No Sailno Name Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 GBR 188824 Emmett Jon 7,0 2 1 (4) 2 1 1
2 POL 180738 Zemke Wojciech 8,0 1 2 1 3 1 (13)
3 GRE 181569 Michail Aristeidis 13,0 2 1 (10) 2 5 3
4 FRA 190888 Frei Mathieu 14,0 1 (bfd) 5 1 2 5
5 CRO 187073 Matika Filip 15,0 3 (9) 1 6 3 2
6 NED 192302 Koppelaar Ben 16,0 (5) 4 2 4 5 1
7 NED 185076 Hummel Yuri 21,0 4 9 2 (bfd) 2 4
8 NED 192629 Van Mackelenbergh Rodie 25,0 6 (bfd) 3 4 3 9
9 CRO 186212 Sestan Marko 31,0 3 6 9 7 6 (17)
10 ITA 181441 Baruzzi Marco 34,0 8 10 7 5 4 (11)

Full results at: http://www.laserinternational.org/
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