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Julio Alsogaray (ARG) opens lead at Laser Worlds

by Di Pearson on 12 Feb 2008
Malte Kamrath GER . ©

Julio Alsogaray of Argentina opened a seven point lead over world champion Tom Slingsby of Australia after the first Gold fleet races at the Laser World Championships. Alsogaray regained the championship lead after finishing fourth in both races, he has yet to finish in double figures, while Slingsby had his worst results so far - a 14th and an 18th to move down into second place.

For Britain's Paul Goodison it was another good news, bad news day. A third place in the first race lifted him up the rankings but a 20th in the final race dropped him back to 15th overall.

For Nick Thompson it was also a dificult day and he was unable to build on his earlier scores. A 53rd and a 29th, his worst finishes of the series, puts him in 12th overall when really any decent results would have moved him into a top six place, as the scoring is very close.

The three other GBR sailors who made the Gold fleet could make no impression, Robert Godwin finished in 44th with a 47 and 48. Evan Scott 47th after a 51 and DNC, and Oliver Tweddell is 50th after a 39 and a 47.

In the Silver fleet, Evangelos Chimonas Of Greece leads from Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia, with Britain's Eifion Mon in third place scoring a third and a second.

A beautiful summer day in Terrigal on the first day of racing for the fleets now split in to gold, silver and bronze, sunny skies and a pleasant 10-15 knot north easterly breeze - ideal sailing conditions - for some.

In the 54 boat Gold fleet, World champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) lost his Championship lead to Julio Alsogaray from Argentina. Alsogaray continues to sail smartly and has moved back into the lead he had until yesterday. 'It was shifty and I went the wrong way every time; I had a really bad day,' an understandably unhappy Slingsby said after his worst results so far - a 14th and an 18th to move down into second place, seven points behind Alsogaray who is on 23 points following fourth places in Race 7 and 8.

'It was good racing. I had a good performance with fast speed. There were lots of shifts and I picked them,' the Argentinean said, revealing: 'Music from Argentina inspires me.' Not one of the hot favourites going in to the Championship, Alsogaray says: 'I expected to do well. I am very confident with my speed. I will do everything in my power I can to win the World's - that is why I came to Australia.'

Spanish entry Javier Hernandez is third overall, 19 points behind Alsogaray. Felix Privot (FRA) moves up into fourth place (44 points) and Michael Bullot (NZL) is fifth (49 points).

Like Slingsby, Championship favourites Paul Goodison and Andrew Murdoch (NZL) did not have a good day across the board and both slid down the results; Murdoch from eight to 12th after 28th and 15th finishes and Goodison to 15th.

Others were happy with their lot in life. Brazilian Bruno Fontes, in eighth place overall said: 'I had a good day - my first Final day was a really good day. I am happy,' he said. 'Sailing was nice. I went OK. I have been sick, but I am better today - it is nice to have the sun back,' said Arvid Claeson (SWE) who is currently 39th overall.

Overall in 20th place, Jean-Baptiste Bernaz was smiling. 'I finished second in Race 8, which is much better than my 27th in the earlier race,' he said. Athens Laser bronze medallist Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) is in seventh place overall. 'I did not do very good (he finished 13th and 16th), it was very patchy - the shifts went left and right - it was very hard to predict. Not easy.'

The ever-positive American Brad Funk had a better day and moved up from 27th to 19th overall. 'I had a really great day; I got the nerves out of my system and just went sailing. It was beautiful conditions. I saw a 6ft shark out there. He told me his name was Willy!'

Greek sailor Adonis Bougiouris in 28th overall: 'I had one bad race, finished 36th, then I had one good race, finished 10th! It was very very shifty, you couldn't predict what would happen next.'

Too many sailors came ashore early; most were Black Flagged following General Recalls. In fact four from the Silver fleet and a staggering 11 from the Bronze fleet were sent home from the last race of the day.

Irish sailor Anthony Craig, one of many trying to qualify his nation for the Beijing Games, was one of the first to go in the Silver fleet. 'I had a disaster in the first race and then I got done. It was great breeze out there though. It was around 10 knots in the earlier race and increased to around 15 knots from north-east,' Craig said.

Australian Simon Morgan came ashore with the same tale. 'I didn't do very well in the first race and then I got Black Flagged,' he said. Canadian Christopher Dold also went. 'I finished around 15th in the first race, but I was Black Flagged in the second. Apart from that, I'm enjoying the Championship,' he said.

World Laser Championship 2008

Results

Gold Fleet
No Sailno Name Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 ARG 193001 Alsogaray Julio 23.0 1 1 5 (8) 7 1 4 4
2 AUS 193007 Slingsby Tom 30.0 3 5 1 1 4 2 14 (18)
3 ESP 193040 Hernandez Javier 42.0 6 1 (19) 7 2 2 5 19
4 FRA 193048 Pruvot Felix 45.0 4 8 5 10 2 8 8 (42)
5 NZL 193120 Bullot Michael 49.0 1 17 10 9 5 6 1 (dsq)
6 SLO 193133 Zbogar Vasilij 51.0 4 2 6 5 5 (19) 13 16
7 BRA 193011 Fontes Bruno 56.0 1 11 3 (13) 10 13 11 7
8 POR 193123 Lima Gustavo 59.0 15 1 9 9 9 1 15 (32)
9 NZL 193119 Weaver David 60.0 7 (26) 1 4 1 4 20 23
10 GER 193068 Schlonski Alexander 69.0 7 4 4 12 6 25 (41) 11
11 NZL 193117 Murdoch Andrew 70.0 20 (33) 3 2 1 1 28 15
12 GBR 193062 Thompson Nick 70.0 10 10 17 1 1 3 (53) 28
13 CHI 193025 Del Solar Matias 74.0 2 3 12 13 4 19 (22) 21
14 GBR 193064 Goodison Paul 74.0 8 33 4 3 3 (dsq) 3 20
15 POL 193122 Porozynski Karol 77.0 7 14 18 11 13 4 10 (46)
16 FRA 193050 Steyaert Jeremie 80.0 21 23 4 6 (25) 23 2 1
17 CRO 193033 Vujasinovic Milan 81.0 2 (48) 13 2 9 10 23 22
18 USA 193131 Funk Brad 82.0 5 2 3 3 (bfd) raf 7 8
19 FRA 193049 Bernaz Jean-baptiste 87.0 (27) 3 11 14 23 7 27 2
20 USA 193153 Campbell Andrew 89.0 11 14 17 (23) 22 7 6 12
21 SWE 193140 Suneson Karl 91.0 10 18 8 9 5 9 32 (37)
22 CRO 193032 Arapov Mate 93.0 15 6 8 12 8 15 29 (40)
23 EST 193043 Karpak Deniss 94.0 19 (48) 2 1 16 32 18 6
24 NED 193111 de Haas Marc 97.0 13 21 (29) 5 12 3 17 26
25 SWE 193141 Mygren Rasmus 99.0 3 20 9 2 6 34 (37) 25
26 GRE 193074 Bougiouris Adonis 101.0 2 (45) 7 17 3 26 36 10
27 KOR 193102 Ha Jeemin 101.0 24 27 2 10 13 8 (52) 17
28 GER 193072 Grotel?schen Simon 101.0 6 26 10 8 3 24 24 (41)
29 URU 193152 Foglia Alejandro 102.0 20 10 13 3 11 12 (51) 33
30 CRO 193031 Radelic Luka 102.0 5 (ocs) 18 6 7 22 30 14
31 CAN 193016 Torchinsky Abe 105.0 3 5 12 12 11 (45) 26 36
32 FRA 193046 Pruvot Corentin 105.0 6 22 15 11 (23) 22 16 13
33 CAN 193024 Leigh Michael 107.0 14 23 13 15 19 4 19 (31)
34 FRA 193053 Le Breton Thomas 112.0 41 37 2 4 18 7 (46) 3
35 CAN 193017 Luttmer Bernard 113.0 17 25 15 16 14 5 21 (43)
36 NED 193114 Schaardenburg Rutger 117.0 12 (ocs) 1 7 9 raf 25 9
37 SWE 193138 Claeson Arvid 119.0 (38) 11 14 25 15 16 33 5
38 AUS 193003 Burman James 121.0 29 26 14 6 23 14 9 (raf)
39 CYP 193035 Kontides Pavlos 124.0 5 4 16 21 19 28 31 (39)
40 GER 193073 Schadewaldt Tobias 124.0 17 (dnf) 7 14 15 5 42 24
41 SWE 193139 Wigforss Johan 128.0 12 44 19 8 6 10 (49) 29
42 GER 193069 Kamrath Malte 130.0 25 (46) 10 19 16 18 12 30
43 BRA 193023 Wender Philip 135.0 16 3 25 7 12 37 35 (50)
44 GBR 193065 Godwin Robert 140.0 22 7 52 17 20 13 (dsq) 48
45 NOR 193116 Tuv Stian 148.0 27 8 30 13 2 23 (45) 45
46 CRO 193030 Mihelic Daniel 149.0 22 (41) 15 11 24 5 34 38
47 GBR 193058 Scott Evan 149.0 8 28 8 26 21 8 50 (dnc)
48 TUR 193146 Muslubas Kemal 150.0 19 13 11 18 27 22 40 (44)
49 CAN 193019 Wright David 152.0 23 35 17 5 24 13 (38) 35
50 GBR 193063 Tweddell Oliver 152.0 11 19 25 21 28 9 39 (47)
51 ITA 193086 Romero Diego 158.0 (bfd) ocs 6 4 7 6 47 34
52 ITA 193088 Bottoli Giacomo 158.0 9 35 23 14 12 21 44 (raf)
53 NOR 193115 Ruth Kristian 160.0 (bfd) 5 26 15 4 40 43 27
54 SEY 193129 Julie Allan 174.0 19 (raf) 16 23 8 11 48 49
Silver Fleet
No Sailno Name Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 GRE 193075 Chimonas Evangelos 111.0 4 (46) 26 20 30 15 12 4
2 CRO 193034 Stipanovic Tonci 114.0 24 (31) 7 22 11 26 23 1
3 GBR 193057 Mon Eifion 118.0 29 (31) 24 16 28 16 3 2
4 CHN 193026 Cai Qiushui 123.0 9 9 18 32 28 (40) 9 18
5 NED 193110 Vianen Eduardo 131.0 33 15 21 24 20 14 4 (44)
6 DEN 193037 Kjaergaard Kristian 133.0 9 (36) 6 35 30 17 20 16
7 FRA 193051 Borde Mickael 134.0 24 12 30 31 (bfd) 14 18 5
8 JPN 193098 Iijima Yoichi 135.0 (bfd) 2 11 22 38 24 29 9
9 NED 193113 Bouwmeester Roelof 137.0 16 27 24 28 10 31 1 (dnf)
10 DEN 193038 Schierup Thorbjoern 139.0 (bfd) 37 22 30 10 20 8 12
11 SIN 193130 Koh Seng Leong 143.0 22 7 (48) 40 24 35 7 8
12 JPN 193094 Nagai Hisaki 147.0 28 9 36 20 (bfd) 6 14 34
13 RUS 193127 Lisovenko Igor 148.0 30 4 20 37 (46) 30 21 6
14 ITA 193091 Gallo Marco 150.0 16 20 41 (46) 33 27 6 7
15 CAN 193022 Kalin Michael 151.0 8 9 37 39 19 29 10 (41)
16 FRA 193047 Taine Emmanuel 155.0 20 20 32 19 17 (41) 19 28
17 JPN 193099 Okinishi Yoshihiro 156.0 23 6 23 (41) 33 18 33 20
18 VEN 193159 Ruiz Jose 156.0 18 13 21 (43) 20 27 36 21
19 HUN 193078 Berecz Zsombor 156.0 25 (41) 14 32 17 28 26 14
20 SUI 193137 Bulley Max 157.0 14 40 22 25 (bfd) 3 30 23
21 ITA 193092 Regolo Michele 157.0 15 30 (34) 26 21 33 5 27
22 CZE 193036 Trcka Martin 157.0 10 18 (dnf) 18 31 17 dnc 10
23 CHN 193027 Shen Sheng 159.0 (45) 32 38 18 14 11 15 31
24 GER 193071 Thyen Oltmann 160.0 31 16 5 35 18 (42) 22 33
25 MAS 193106 Lim Kevin 160.0 29 (41) 26 15 14 25 32 19
26 SUI 193135 Bottoni Christoph 164.0 30 (dnf) 28 28 27 9 39 3
27 NZL 193118 Lindsay Blair 164.0 36 14 (39) 21 17 30 16 30
28 CHN 193028 Li Xiaojing 167.0 23 6 31 31 37 37 2 (38)
29 FIN 193045 Collura Pierre Angelo 167.0 11 (39) 28 37 35 17 13 26
30 NED 193109 Broekens Douwe 169.0 37 24 21 32 29 11 (38) 15
31 AUS 193002 Brunning Ashley 171.0 27 35 (dnf) 10 8 27 11 dne
32 POL 193121 Stelmaszyk Jonasz 171.0 (48) 22 27 16 37 15 37 17
33 DOM 193039 Aguayo Raul 173.0 (39) 8 33 26 26 18 27 35
34 ITA 193090 Nassini Luca 173.0 18 24 (42) 41 22 29 28 11
35 CAN 193021 Ramsay Luke 174.0 32 17 12 (42) 41 12 24 36
36 CAN 193018 Dold Christopher 180.0 21 16 22 34 36 34 17 (bfd)
37 FRA 193052 Cabaz Rodrigue 181.0 33 19 28 24 30 (41) 34 13
38 AUT 193008 Geritzer Andreas 182.0 13 32 16 19 13 36 (dnc) dnf
39 GBR 193060 Gray James 184.0 39 42 9 17 18 24 35 (dsq)
40 GBR 193054 Belben Dan 191.0 40 23 34 20 21 12 41 (bfd)
41 EST 193042 Vooremaa Argo 192.0 32 30 37 30 29 2 (46) 32
42 GBR 193056 M?n Dyfrig 194.0 21 38 24 25 (39) 31 31 24
43 HUN 193077 Fazakas Gyorgy 200.0 (49) 34 19 23 32 21 49 22
44 NED 193112 Moerman Matthieu 200.0 34 28 32 27 26 28 (47) 25
45 GUA 193076 Maegli Juan 202.0 17 43 (45) 43 27 10 25 37
46 ESP 193041 Rogel Jesus 203.0 14 27 32 (45) 15 33 40 42
47 RUS 193128 Semerkhanov Maxim 205.0 36 33 29 28 16 20 (50) 43
48 AUS 193006 Morgan Simon 213.0 35 12 20 33 34 36 43 (bfd)
49 IRL 193082 Craig Roger Anthony 214.0 43 13 20 29 38 23 48 (bfd)
50 LUX 193105 Schmit Marc 216.0 12 (dnf) 34 34 31 32 44 29
51 LTU 193104 Milevicius Rokas 217.0 36 15 33 29 29 35 (42) 40
52 IRL 193083 Seaton Ryan 220.0 13 29 35 33 32 39 (45) 39
Bronze Fleet
No Sailno Name Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 USA 193157 Moore Trevor 159.0 34 12 25 35 44 (ocs) 1 8
2 ISV 193084 Barrows Thomas 171.0 38 17 31 29 (40) 30 14 12
3 CAN 193015 Boueilh Anthony 172.0 26 21 33 30 (42) 40 2 20
4 BAR 193009 Douglas William 179.0 35 19 39 40 31 (43) 6 9
5 RUS 193126 Komissarov Sergey 183.0 (42) 21 36 36 34 25 30 1
6 USA 193158 Marks Zachary 183.0 37 (38) 35 34 22 16 10 29
7 UKR 193151 Kudryashov Valeriy 191.0 (46) 15 40 38 41 32 22 3
8 KOR 193100 Hwang Daewon 192.0 32 34 35 39 (dnf) 34 8 10
9 UKR 193150 Isakov Oleksandr 196.0 26 11 45 (48) 44 39 5 26
10 KOR 193103 Kim Junggon 198.0 (bfd) 45 23 31 34 36 27 2
11 CAN 193020 Parkhill Lee 199.0 25 36 46 41 (dnf) 21 19 11
12 ITA 193087 Strazzera Enrico 200.0 26 22 44 (46) 36 39 18 15
13 FIN 193044 Dannstrom Oscar 203.0 18 42 37 38 38 (47) 16 14
14 ITA 193089 Menza Gianpiero 205.0 48 36 41 22 25 26 7 (bfd)
15 AUS 193004 Murray Jye 207.0 28 29 40 44 42 (ocs) 20 4
16 GBR 193067 Godwin Stuart 211.0 45 (47) 39 46 39 20 15 7
17 IND 193080 Choudhary Rajesh 213.0 34 28 (43) 36 41 29 26 19
18 IRL 193081 Espey James 214.0 33 10 44 47 33 38 9 (bfd)
19 GBR 193061 Holloway Max 216.0 44 (ocs) 30 24 35 19 12 bfd
20 GBR 193059 Cooper George 218.0 (raf) 32 42 42 40 37 3 22
21 COL 193029 Quintero Andrey 220.0 40 43 40 44 44 (dnf) 4 5
22 POR 193124 Costa Jose 222.0 (49) 30 27 37 35 42 38 13
23 KOR 193101 An Gwangseok 224.0 37 31 38 (39) 37 31 33 17
24 UKR 193149 Didenko Maksym 228.0 30 25 43 (45) 43 41 23 23
25 GBR 193066 Evans Sean 231.0 28 34 29 33 26 (dnf) 29 bfd
26 JPN 193095 Hall Ian 238.0 (51) 44 43 42 25 42 24 18
27 SUI 193136 Steiger Christian 240.0 39 39 (dnf) 27 bfd 44 21 16
28 TRI 193143 Lewis Andrew 241.0 35 18 47 50 (53) 47 17 27
29 TUR 193147 Derebasi Onur 243.0 31 49 (dnf) 36 39 43 39 6
30 GBR 193055 Breen-turner Dominic 248.0 46 (ocs) 36 38 32 33 11 bfd
31 USA 193155 Vranizan Frederick 250.0 41 (ocs) 27 40 45 38 35 24
32 SRB 193134 Stanisic Dany 254.0 44 40 45 27 40 45 13 (bfd)
33 JPN 193097 Yasuda Shinnosuke 256.0 47 (49) 41 44 43 35 25 21
34 BRA 193012 Okretic Jucyan 265.0 42 16 38 43 46 49 31 (bfd)
35 BRA 193013 Tavares Mateus 282.0 41 7 31 45 (dnf) dnf dnc dnc
36 AUS 193005 Palk Ryan 284.0 50 25 46 48 43 44 28 (bfd)
37 JPN 193096 Onodera Shoichiro 285.0 38 24 (49) 49 48 47 43 36
38 MNE 193108 Mrsic Dejan 285.0 44 38 42 49 36 46 (dnc) 30
39 SLO 193132 Domijan Luka 291.0 47 44 47 (48) 47 46 32 28
40 MDA 193107 Denisiuc Alexandr 298.0 43 43 46 (50) 47 46 40 33
41 IND 193079 Rau Ajay 304.0 45 39 50 (51) 49 50 46 25
42 JPN 193093 Saito Daisuke 306.0 (52) 42 48 51 45 43 45 32
43 ITA 193085 Vallesi Claudio 307.0 40 (dnf) dne 47 42 38 34 bfd
44 BUL 193014 Nedyalkov Valentin 312.0 (51) 47 44 49 48 48 42 34
45 TUR 193145 Kaptan Guney 316.0 31 29 47 51 (bfd) dnf dnf dnf
46 BAR 193010 Streeter Russell 316.0 52 50 48 (53) 51 44 36 35
47 ZIM 193160 Mccosh Patrick 322.0 50 45 51 50 45 (dnf) 44 37
48 UAE 193148 Mohammed Adil 327.0 53 40 (dnf) dnf dnf dnf 41 31
49 TUR 193144 Tuna Barbaros 330.0 43 37 49 47 50 (dnf) raf bfd
50 GER 193070 Nissen Jonas 338.0 (53) 51 49 52 52 45 37 bfd
51 USA 193156 Lawrence Luke 362.0 42 (dnf) dnc dnc dnc dnf dnc dnc
 
 RDG-results are as follows:
  GBR 193065 Godwin Robert race 3: 13 scores


While this Championship is drawing to a close on Wednesday, a few of the keener competitors entered for the Laser Masters World Championship have been arriving over the last few days to get in some early practice before their racing starts on February 17.

For all information on the Gosford Sailing Club hosted Laser World’s, including mark roundings, photos and more on the Laser World Championship go to: http://aus08.laserinternational.org/
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