Close racing at the top after day two of Laser Worlds

(Nuevo Vallara, Mexico) Tonci Stipanovic from Croatia moved to the top
of the leader board after a well-deserved win in the first race of Day
2 of the Laser Standard Men’s World Championship in Nuevo Vallarta,

In a 12 knot south westerly breeze, Matthew Wearn from Australia led
the blue fleet round the first mark ahead of Wannes van Laer (BEL) and
Julio Alsogaray (ARG). Stipanovic took the lead ahead of Wearn after a
good second windward leg when both pulled clear of Alsogaray and the
chasing pack to then lead the fleet home. Germany’s Olympic
representative, Philipp Buhl, as a major casualty at the start of the
blue fleet race when he had to retire after being given his second
flag for kinetics on the start line.

In the yellow fleet, sailing on the outer loop, oversnight leader Nick
Thompson (GBR) could only manage a 5th behind Jean-Bapiste Bernaz
(FRA) and the first three Marco Gallo (ITA), Kacper Zieminski (POL)
and Franccesco Marrai (ITA) who traded places in front of him.

The wind increased for day’s second bringing larger waves and enabling
sailors to catch some good downwind rides and, for a few, also the
attention of the on-the-water jury. The previously favored right hand
side of the course was not so dominant in this race, but as expected,
most of the favorites managed to find their way to the top. In the
yellow fleet, Olympic silver medalist, Pavlos Kontides (CYP) won the
port end pin position at the start and tacked to cross the fleet early
to lead all the way home ahead of Bernaz. Five places back from the
pin Thompson got trapped at the port end and had to take a two turn
penalty after he inadvertently impeded another boat while trying to
clear his wind. Thompson did well to round the first mark in 20th and
then recover to 13th, which is currently his discard race.

Australia’s Luke Elliot led from start to finish in the blue fleet
with Alsogaray and Brazil’s Robert Scheidt again in single figures
after both climbing through the fleet.

In the end, five points now separate the first seven places in the
overall results after two more races at the Laser Standard Men’s World
Championship in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Overall Results (Preliminary) after 4 races with 1 discard:

1.Tonci Stipanovic CRO 6pts

2.Nick Thompson GBR 7 pts

3. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA 8pts

4. Matthew Wearn AUS 9pts

5. Robert Scheidt BRA 10pts

6. Julio Alsogary ARG 10 pts

7.Francesco Marrai ITA 11pts

8. KacperZieminski POL 14pts

9.Philipp Buhl GER 18pts

10. Marco Gallo ITA 20pts


– Laser Media

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