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2020 Laser Senior Europeans in Gdansk, Poland - Day 3

by Agustin Arguelles 10 Oct 22:54 PDT 6-13 October 2020
2020 Laser Senior Europeans in Gdansk, Poland day 3 © Thom Touw /

The third day of competition had light winds, with 7-8 knots for the start, finally dropping to 5 knots in the end. The Radial fleets managed to complete a second race under the very light breeze conditions, the Standard fleets headed back to shore after a single race.

Race Day 3 - Laser Radial Men

No major changes at the top of the Radial Men's positions today, with U21 sailor Paul Hameeteman NED (7-3-1-1-2-6) controlling the fleet, 5 points ahead of Polish Filip Ciszkiewicz POL (6-1-2-2-7-8). Third place overall and second U21 is now for Przemyslaw Machowski POL (1-18-20-5-4-1), 16 points behind the leader.

Ukranian sailor Oskar Madonich UKR dropped one position today to fourth overall and third U21 with 32 points, sharing this score with fifth placed Lukasz Machowski POL.

"Racing in Gdansk is very difficult and emotional for me, because the wind was very shifty. I'm not very happy with the result, but all these races are a very good experience for me, let's hope that at the end of the regatta we will see all 12 races held, since the forecast is not very good.", said Oskar Madonich from Ukraine.

Light wind ruined the day for our 85 kg Masters sailor Adonis Bougiouris GRE (13-31 DNF), now placed 6th. He was supposed to sail in the Standard fleet as usual but a last minute back injury made him decided to switch rig.

Our 2019 Laser 4.7 Youth champion Yogev Alcalay ISR is in 7th place overall and 6th U21 with 45 points.

"I'm very happy with my sailing today, my speed boat was very good and my tactics as well. Looking forward to the races tomorrow.", said Yogev Alcalay from Israel.

Race Day 3 - Laser Radial Women

Reigning 2019 European champion Anne Marie Rindom DEN (1-4-1-1-2-2) conquered an interesting gap today for wrapping the Qualifying series, leading the Radial Women's championship now 10 points ahead of 2020 World champion Marit Bouwmeester NED (2-3-2-7-23-3). Polish sailor Agata Barwinska POL (22-1-3-4-2-8) is still in third and only one point behind Marit, based on great consistency showed in her last 5 races.

"It was tricky and especially the second race was very interesting with huge pressure differences. I had a good strategy and was able to execute it so it turned out pretty well for me." declared Anne Marie after the races.

"In the end, it was a very tricky day. Glad to come away with another 2 good results. Tomorrow is a new day and a new challenge.", said Agata Barwinska from Poland.

Talking about consistency, it has come for 2018 World champion Emma Plasschaert BEL (7-5-4-5-11-4), now up to fourth overall with 25 points. Maxime Jonker NED is fifth with 27.

"I've really been enjoying the racing, it has been challenging so far but I'm happy with my consistency! Hopefully the wind keeps up for the finals!", said Emma Plasschaert from Belgium.

Race Day 3 - Laser Standard

The Laser Men's leader changed hands today after the single race contested in light winds. British sailor Michael Beckett GBR (4-15-4-1-2) is heading the fleet with 11 points, sharing this score with overnight leader Filip Jurisic CRO (1-4-3-3-41). Third place belongs now to multi-time champion Pavlos Kontides CYP (2-21-2-9-4) with 17 points.

"Tricky and variable conditions so far which is visible from the results of the fleet. Tomorrow the real war begins in the gold fleet with the top 50% of the competitors battling it out in the 6 remaining races.", said Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus.

Brits Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR (1-1-20-11-5) and Elliot Hanson GBR (3-8-1-7.3RDGq-17) are also close with 18 and 19.3 points respectively.

The Final Series will start on Sunday, where the Standard and Radial Women's fleets will be split in Gold and Silver. The day will start with the Coaches/Team Leaders online meeting at 09:00. First warning signal for the Standard will be at 11:00 / 11:30 for the Radial.

Full results from the regatta can be found here.

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