Three gold and one silver for Aussies at Laser Masters Worlds

The wind gods smiled once again for the last day of the Laser Standard Masters World Championship, capping off the regatta with epic sailing conditions for the final two races of the event. The sailors enjoyed winds of 12-16 knots off the coast of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to wrap up this year’s event in spectacular style. Most sailors favored the right side of the course again today, but the left side seemed to pay just enough to keep the sailors on their toes.

Defending champion, Mark Bethwaite from Australia, closed out a near flawless performance to once again claim victory in the Great Grand Masters Division. Mathematically, Bethwaite did not even need to rig his boat today in order to win his division, but as a true sportsman, he took to the water and enjoyed one of the best racing days yet. American, Doug Peckover, and New Zealander James Temple rounded out the top-three overall.

In perhaps the most tightly contested fleet, Australian Gavin Dagley sealed his win with a first and fourth place today to top the Grand Masters Division in front of Cristian Herman of Chile and Canadian Allan Clark.

In the Masters Division, defending champion Brett Beyer dominated the fleet today by going hard right on the upwind legs to take two horizon-job wins. Beyer’s speed advantage was clear as he keeps a second place finish as his worst score for the event. Also showing similar consistency, American Ernesto Rodriguez cruised to a comfortable second place overall finish followed by Andrew Dellabarca from New Zealand in third.

After another stellar event, the sailors will enjoy the closing ceremony and banquet tonight where they will likely start making plans for next year’s rematch at the Laser Masters World Championship in Split, Croatia.

Top-Three Standings by Division:

Apprentice Masters Division:

1) Pablo Rabago MEX 10pts

2) Guilherme Roth BRA 18pts

3) Alejandro Rabago MEX 29pts

Masters Division:

1) Brett Beyer AUS 11pts

2) Ernesto Rodriguez USA 26pts

3) Andrew Dellabarca NZL 43pts 

Grand Masters Division:

1) Gavin Dagley AUS 25pts

2) Cristian Herman CHI 33pts

3) Allan Clark CAN 42pts 

Great Grand Masters Division:

1) Mark Bethwaite AUS 10pts

2) Doug Peckover USA 22pts

3) James Temple AUS 29pts

– Regatta Media

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