Please select your home edition
Edition
Kilwell - 1

Laser Standard World Championships - Throwing caution to the wind

by Daphne Morgan Barnicoat on 22 Nov 2013
Laser World Championships 2013 - Nick Thompson (GBR) © Lloyd Images
At the Laser Standard World Championships, Nick Thompson threw caution to the wind in the first of the Gold fleet races in Oman today and landed his second outright victory of the event as sailors start to refine tactics for the sharp end of the competition.

Light winds and big shifts once again kept both race officials and sailors on their toes with the forecast of a major storm during the afternoon putting time pressures on the course setters. But after one Gold fleet race and a shortened Silver fleet circuit, the fleet was sent back to shore as lightning started to strike at Musannah beach.

After a morning postponement lasting almost two hours, the Gold fleet were sent off with the wind speed hovering around the six knot mark and the shifts creating uncertainty on the start line.

Thompson made his decision to go right which proved the favoured side and moved into the lead while German sailor Philippe Buhl also plumped for the right and soon became locked in combat with his British rival in a battle that continued all the way round the course.

Choosing the left side proved to be a mistake that leader Robert Scheidt, Pavlos Kontides and Tonci Stipanovic all paid heavily for as a big separation quickly developed.

'It was a bit weird,' said Scheidt whose 12th place was still good enough to keep him at the top of the leaderboard.

'It was not a great day but I’m hanging on in there. In our race, we had the best wind of the day and at the start, I was thinking left but the right paid so I didn’t have a very good first beat. At this level, it is much hard to recover than it was in the qualifying series so getting a good start becomes even more important.

'In around 70% of the races this week, the left side has paid but not today so Jesper and Tonci trusted the left and paid for it while Nick went right. By the top mark there was a big separation and everyone was sailing different races.'


Thompson’s win lifted him seven places in the leaderboard to 15th but served to highlight the price he paid for his errors earlier in the week.

'It was really pleasing to get another win but I’m just a bit frustrated that I’ve been silly in those other races and had those big scores with the DSQ and OCS,' he said.

'But it is good that I am back up there in the Gold fleet. I went out with a nothing to lose attitude and backed myself and that proved to make all the difference. '

'The others are in a different position to me - not so much throwing all the eggs in one basket so they are being more cautious and the conditions we had today did not favour that strategy.'


A delighted Buhl moved two places up in the rankings to fourth place and now lies 15 points behind Scheidt with five scheduled races remaining.

'Finally I was able to pull off a good start and if you have a good start, life gets so much easier in this fleet,' he said

'I really enjoyed the fight with Nick Thompson but didn’t want to risk a yellow flag at the finish so eased off and decided second would be good enough.'

After a series of recalls and 13 disqualifications, Giovanni Coccoluto of Italy won the Silver fleet race, which was shortened when lightning started to strike the perimeters of the course while American Chris Barnard came second. Australian Jeremy O’Connell tops the Silver fleet leaderboard.


The stormy conditions in Musannah were a far cry from the entertainment laid on for the sailors and officials the previous evening by joint hosts Oman Sail and Oman’s Ministry of Sports Affairs. Local musicians, drummers and dancers performed ‘Bu zalaf’ routines steeped in ancient maritime history when communities would turn out to welcome back sailors from their long voyages.

A lavish fare of Omani dishes was also served up to more than 200 guests who received gifts of musar scarves and were given a taste of Omani desert life with camel rides along Musannah beach.


Laser World Championships 2013 - Robert Scheidt (BRA) ©  Lloyd Images
Laser World Championships 2013 - Robert Scheidt (BRA) © Lloyd Images
Event website
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet 300x250Kilwell - 6Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Optimist Worlds - Images and results from Day 2
Racing is into its second day at the Optimist Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal Racing is into its second day at the Optimist Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal. There are 251 sailors competing from 56 nations.
Posted on 27 Jun
My Best Olympic Race – Vasilij Zbogar
Memorable moments won’t always be the golden ones. They can be hitting a personal best, breaking a national record Speak to any athlete and ask them about a moment that defines their career. Whether it happened five days, five months, five years or even fifty years ago the chances are the memory of that moment is clearly engraved in their minds.
Posted on 27 Jun
Fiji Fizz 18ft Skiffs - Images from Day 1 of the Mark Foy Trophy
Images from Day 1 of the Mark Foy Trophy being sailed as part of the Fiji Fizz regatta at Denerau, Fiji Images from Day 1 of the Mark Foy Trophy being sailed as part of the Fiji Fizz regatta at Denerau, Fiji
Posted on 27 Jun
Fiji Fizz 18ft skiffs - Battles resume on Day 1 of the Mark Foy Worlds
Day 2 of the Mark Foy World Championship started off as a happy one for the Triple M and Alcatel teams Day 2 of the Mark Foy World Championship started off as a happy one for the Triple M and Alcatel teams as their container arrived after being delayed at sea. With little over an hour till the start to unpack their boats and get onto the course it was a close call for two teams.
Posted on 27 Jun
Catching up with Simon Morgan, the founder of Wildwind Holidays
It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. As many of you will know the Jardine / Morgan relationship goes back generations with Simon's father Tony racing with Keith Musto against my father and uncle, Stuart and Adrian back in the early 60's, mainly in the Flying Dutchman fleet.
Posted on 26 Jun
18ft Skiff Mark Foy Worlds - Kiwis tread in Mander's Fijian footprints
The inaugural 18ft Skiff Mark Foy World Championship will commence on the crystal clear waters in Fiji The inaugural 18ft Skiff Mark Foy World Championship will commence on the crystal clear waters in Fiji in just a few short days. Known to be amongst the fastest mono-hull yachts in the world, the three and four man boats always produce spectacular rides and equally spectacular crashes.
Posted on 24 Jun
32 females and 54 males crews sailing to gain 470 Junior Worlds’ title
The event officially started yesterday evening with a opening ceremony in Kiel-Schilksee with wonderful weather. Already with the parade of the nations, which was accompanied by the thrilling beats of the samba school Kiel when walking from the sponsors’ area to the Audi stage, it was obvious, that the big part of the junior sailors have had a long travel
Posted on 22 Jun
RS Aeros at the Massapoag YC Regatta – What a difference a year makes
In 2015 this regatta was memorable as being the first regatta for RS Aero ever held in North America east of the Rockies This year sixteen RS Aero sailors showed up for the event. There were sailors from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Florida and the UK. Obviously the word had got out far and wide about the wonderful hospitality, superb race management, and perfect weather that one can always expect at the MYC Small Boat Regatta. And this year was no exception.
Posted on 22 Jun
Kiel Week reaches the traditional transition phase
Olympic fleets have several top international sailors seeking a final competition at this last major all classes event. The 470 Junior World Championships start Wednesday and have attracted 85 crews racing in Men’s and Women’s fleets. The Men’s field sees France’s Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan out to defend their title as Italy’s Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubini seek to do also in the Women’s championship.
Posted on 21 Jun
Tension in the air before the start of 470 Junior World Championship
Starting on Wednesday, the athletes younger than 24 will be sailing to win the 470 Junior World Champion's trophy Starting on Wednesday, the athletes younger than 24 will be sailing to win the 470 Junior World Champion's trophy. But before they can start, they have to face the watchful eyes of the measurement team, which is handling measurement marks, checking sails and finally lifting the boats onto the padded scale.
Posted on 21 Jun