Sandringham, VIC, Australia
After a day of light and fluky conditions in which only one race could be sailed at the ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship, defending titleholder Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) took first place in Yellow Fleet while Marie Barrue (FRA) won Blue Fleet.
“It was a bit light,” Anne-Marie said of the conditions. “The change didn’t really come through.” But 12 races are scheduled for the regatta. “It’s early days, but it’s a good way to start,” she added.
Yellow Fleet had the better of the weather, getting away shortly after the scheduled start time in six knots of breeze and managing to finish before the wind began swinging wildly.
Those in Blue Fleet had a frustrating day, with their race abandoned at the first mark owing to a 30 degree shift. It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good and Australian Olympic hopeful, Mara Stransky, said she was caught too far left in a poor position when the abandonment came. She regrouped and finished the re-started race in fifth position. “I’m happy after such a whacky day,” she said.
Olympic champion, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) finished in third place in Blue Fleet and described it as ‘OK’. “It’s a nice way to start the event,” she said. “The race committee had a challenging day with all the wind shifts, but it’s good to get one race in, to get the regatta started.”
Maud Jayet (SUI) and Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) share third place overall after finishing second in their respective fleets.
The ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship is being sailed at the same venue, with the fleet dominated by Australians. But it was a Russian, Daniil Krutskikh, who won today’s race, followed by locals Michael Compton and Jordan Makin.
Like the women’s Blue Fleet, the men had several re-starts and abandonments before getting their first race off, and completed.
With light winds forecast for tomorrow morning, the race committee has announced a first signal be at 2pm, as scheduled. If the winds settle as forecast, they will try to get three races sailed to get the regatta back on schedule.
Provisional Results after Day 1
Laser Radial Women’s Worlds
1 – Marie BARRUE (FRA) 1
1 – Anne-Marie RINDOM (DEN) 1
3 – Maud JAYET (SUI) 2
3 – Vasileia KARACHALIOU (GRE) 2
5 – Marit BOUWMEESTER (NED) 3
5 – Svenja WEGER (GER) 3
7 – Mirthe AKKERMAN (NED) 4
7 – Marie BOLOU (FRA) 4
9 – Sarah DOUGLAS (CAN) 5
9 – Mara STRANSKY (AUS) 5
Laser Radial Men’s Worlds
1 Daniil KRUTSKIKH (RUS) 1
2 Michael COMPTON (AUS) 2
3 Jordan MAKIN (AUS) 3
4 Zac WEST (AUS) 4
5 Caleb ARMIT (NZL) 5
6 Gustavo CORREA NASCIMENTO (BRA) 6
7 Stefan ELLIOTT-SHIRCORE (AUS) 7
8 Nik PLETIKOS (SLO) 8
9 Rhett GOWANS (AUS) 9
10 Samuel KING (AUS) 10
Full results: http://sailingresults.net/?ID=80330
Jon Emmett interviews France’s Marie Barrue: See video.
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