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Day 3 Laser Worlds - GBR make right moves

'GBR - Laser Worlds 2008'    © Andrea Francolini Photography

The Laser Worlds, Robson Civil Projects race 3 finally got underway after long delays due to the storms sweeping the Australian coast. For the British competitors it was again an up and down day. Nick Thompson, leading Brit after the first day, retains his status but with a 17th today he dropped to 19th overall. It was a better day for Evan Scott and Paul Goodison. Scott finished in eighth to be 26th overall and Goodison was fourth in the Red group won by David Weaver of New Zealand.

There was disappointment for Robert Godwin (GBR) when his hiking strap broke just after rounding the second leeward mark, scored as DNF he is in 88th overall. “I was doing really well. I was up in 11th place with a group of five close in front of me. I felt I would have taken them on the next tack. I am so disappointed. This is just race three. I am going to ask for redress,” the 19 year old said.

The Robson Civil Projects race 3 finally got underway with the Yellow group first shortly after 5.30pm under sunny skies this afternoon following a general recall at the ISAF Grade 1 Laser World Championship being held at Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast. Blue and Red groups followed on with clear starts and everyone breathed a sigh of relief, including spectators on the cliff top where a clear view of the race could be seen. Patchy dark clouds and sunshine littered the offshore course which otherwise looked good – slight swell and wave movements.

Surf - Laser Worlds 2008 -  Monica Palloni   Click Here to view large photo

It was a great day for some and disaster for others.

The overall leaders come from the Yellow group. Julio Alsogaray (ARG) holds onto the Championship lead with a fifth place finish today. He leads world champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) by two points. Slingsby won the Yellow group from Andrew Murdoch (NZL) and Adonis Bougiouris (GRE). Brad Funk (USA) moved up from fifth to third overall, following a third place in Race 3. He is on 10 points, just one behind Slingsby in what is shaping up to be a close contest.

“There were really big shifts – 30 degrees. The breeze was anything from 12-20 knots. I started in the top three and moved to first place on the reach and stayed there,” 23 year-old Slingsby from the Central Coast said.

Deniss Karpak (EST) led the Yellow fleet out to round the top mark first, but dropped back to third at the second mark. “It was much better than yesterday. I had some fast moments – and some slow ones. I don’t know why – it sometimes happens,” he said. “I caught up to second on the downwind leg, but I got caught on the wrong side of a right-hand shift. It was much better conditions today though,” the 21 year-old said.

In the Blue group, Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) dropped one place to fourth overall after finishing sixth today, only two points adrift of the American sailor, with Brazilian Bruno Fontes lifting to fifth overall. Coming into today’s race in 10th place, Fontes came ashore with a big smile on his face: “I finished third. It’s a pretty good result – a good beginning. Good breeze – 16-17 knots. I hope it is like this tomorrow,” the 28 year-old said.

Alexander Schlonski (GER) on 15 points, Matias Del Solar (CHI) 17, Felix Pruvot (FRA) 17, Abe Torchinsky (CAN) 18 and Javier Hernandez (ESP) 24 fill out the top 10 placings. Then comes Pavlos Kontides (CYP), Michael Bullot (NZL), Mate Arapov (CRO), Rasmus Mygren (SWE), David Weaver (NZL), Qiushui Cai (CHN), Karl Suneson (SWE), Karol Porozynski (POL), Nick Thompson (GBR) and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) all making the top twenty overall.

Italy on a wave - Laser Worlds 2008 -  Monica Palloni   Click Here to view large photo

David Weaver (NZL) won the Red group, his grin could not be mistaken. “Yes, I won this one and I’m very happy with my performance. It was great just to get a race in,” he said. “I had a great lead; I pulled away at the bottom mark halfway through the race. Thomas Le Breton (FRA), Brad Funk and Paul Goodison caught me up on the last leg, but I stayed ahead,” said Weaver who is aiming for the 2012 Games, as fellow competitor Andrew Murdoch will represent New Zealand in Beijing.

Competitors have been told to ready themselves for an early start tomorrow as officials try to play catch up and plan three races to start just after 9.30am.

Laser - Leading positions after 3 races

1 ARG 193001 Alsogaray Julio 1 1 5 7 pts
2 AUS 193007 Slingsby Tom 3 5 1 9 pts
3 USA 193131 Funk Brad 5 2 3 10 pts
4 SLO 193133 Zbogar Vasilij 4 2 6 12 pts
5 BRA 193011 Fontes Bruno 1 11 3 15 pts
6 GER 193068 Schlonski Alexander 7 4 4 15 pts
7 CHI 193025 Del Solar Matias 2 3 12 17 pts
8 FRA 193048 Pruvot Felix 4 8 5 17 pts
9 CAN 193016 Torchinsky Abe 3 5 10 18 pts
10 ESP 193040 Hernandez Javier 6 1 17 24 pts
11 CYP 193035 Kontides Pavlos 5 4 16 25 pts
12 NZL 193120 Bullot Michael 1 17 10 28 pts
13 CRO 193032 Arapov Mate 15 6 8 29 pts
14 SWE 193141 Mygren Rasmus 3 20 9 32 pts
15 NZL 193119 Weaver David 7 26 1 34 pts
16 CHN 193026 Cai Qiushui 9 9 16 34 pts
17 SWE 193140 Suneson Karl 10 18 8 36 pts
18 POL 193122 Porozynski Karol 7 14 16 37 pts
19 GBR 193062 Thompson Nick 10 10 17 37 pts
20 FRA 193049 Bernaz Jean-baptiste 27 3 11 41 pts
21 URU 193152 Foglia Alejandro 20 10 11 41 pts
22 BRA 193023 Wender Philip 16 3 23 42 pts
23 GER 193072 Grotel? Simon 6 26 10 42 pts
24 FRA 193046 Pruvot Corentin 6 22 15 43 pts
25 TUR 193146 Muslubas Kemal 19 13 11 43 pts
26 GBR 193058 Scott Evan 8 28 8 44 pts
27 GBR 193064 Goodison Paul 8 33 4 45 pts
28 FRA 193050 Steyaert Jeremie 21 23 4 48 pts
29 CAN 193024 Leigh Michael 14 23 13 50 pts
30 DEN 193037 Kjaergaard Kristian 9 36 6 51 pts

Laser - Other GBR positions after 3 races

37 GBR 193063 Tweddell Oliver 11 19 23 53 pts
84 GBR 193056 M?Dyfrig 21 38 22 81 pts
86 GBR 193057 Mon Eifion 29 31 22 82 pts
88 GBR 193065 Godwin Robert 22 7 dnf 83 pts
94 GBR 193066 Evans Sean 28 34 27 89 pts
95 GBR 193060 Gray James 39 42 9 90 pts
98 GBR 193054 Belben Dan 40 23 31 94 pts
137 GBR 193059 Cooper George raf 32 39 125 pts
138 GBR 193061 Holloway Max 44 ocs 28 126 pts
140 GBR 193067 Godwin Stuart 45 47 37 129 pts
146 GBR 193055 Breen-turner Dominic 46 ocs 34 134 pts

Results are provisional pending protests and final confirmation and will appear on the official site at: http:⁄⁄ where there are some great photos in the gallery and other information on the Championship.

by Di Pearson


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