Laser Under-21 World Championships – Day 5 – The Trend Continues

(Split, Croatia) Much like yesterday, everyone was up bright and early.  Sailors were rigging boats before 0700 and race committee left the harbor by 0730 for the 0900 first signal.  Golf flag was lowered at 0750 and sailors gathered in the starting area by 0830.  Sunny skies and good breeze out of the northeast.

The starting order was changed for today, with the Men’s Blue fleet starting first followed by the Women.  These two fleets had only completed one race and getting the Blue fleet caught up with the Men’s Yellow, which had already completed two races, was of primary importance.

Stable winds at eight to ten knots under clear and sunny skies, and the sailors were eager for races, but fortunately weren’t too eager at the start.  The Men’s Blue fleet started cleanly on the first attempt, under Uniform flag, at 0905, to sail the outer loop of the trapezoid.  The Women started cleanly shortly after, also on the first attempt, on the inner loop.

The Men’s Yellow fleet was eager to race, as well, but with the forecast calling for a fade mid- or late-morning, race committee postponed to allow time for the Blue fleet get around the course.  If Yellow started and completed a race, and then the wind died, the two Men’s fleets would be unbalanced again.

All held well for the two fleets on the course.  The wind had dropped, but remained stable at six to eight knots.  At ~1000, Blue completed the entire course, and the Women were shortened at Mark 2, after two beats and a reach.

The Men’s Yellow fleet was ready to start, to be followed by Men’s Blue and the Women, but wind had decreased to a marginal four to six knots.  More problematic was a significant shift to the right with oscillations in excess of ten degrees in either direction.   Race committee held the sailors on the water for some time, waiting for stable conditions for a fair race, but it did not come.  AP over H sent the sailors to shore at 1130, and racing was called for the day at 1400.

So, where do things stand going into the final day?  All fleets have two races each.  Reassignment for the Men’s Yellow and Blue fleets has been done.  And, if two races are completed tomorrow, and the forecast suggests that it will, then we will have a championship.

In the Men’s fleet, Pere Ponseti (ESP) is leading Vishnu Saravanan (IND) by one point, although they have been racing in different fleets.  That will change tomorrow with fleet reassignments.  They are followed by Under-19 sailors Paul Morvan (FRA) and Juan Pablo Cardozo (ARG).  In the Women’s fleet, Karla Savar (CRO) is leading Wiktoria Golebiowski (POL) by one point, followed by Valeria Lomatchenko (RUS) and Karmen Perkovic (CRO).

But the hope is to have at least two more races tomorrow (four are needed for the championship to be valid) and the rankings are likely to change before it’s over.  Also, if four races are completed, one discard is allowed.  Several sailors in the Men’s fleets have a first or second place finish but are not in the top three.  Similarly, two sailors not in the top three in the Women’s fleet have a first or second.  A discard will change the rankings.

And so, it all comes down to the last day.  Good luck to all of the sailors.  And, especially, to the race committee!

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Standard Men’s

  Sail Number Name Points R1 R2
1 ESP 196717 Pere Ponseti 4 1 3
2 IND 208191 Vishnu Saravanan 5 2 3
3 FRA 214939 Paul Morvan (U19) 6 1 5
4 ARG 209399 Juan Pablo Cardozo (U19) 9 2 7
5 FIN 213959 Valtteri Uusitalo 10 9 1
6 JPN 204996 Yoshihiro Suzuki 10 8 2
7 POL 191127 Piotr Malinowski (U19) 10 4 6
8 CHI 211888 Clemente Seguel Lacamara 13 5 8
9 GER 210062 Gregory Lucas Keizers 14 3 11
10 ESP 206336 Marcelo Cairo Assenza 17 6 11

Radial Women’s

  Sail Number Name Points R1 R2
1 CRO 210747 Karla Savar 7 4 3
2 POL 197117 Wiktoria Golebiowska 8 1 7
3 RUS 212191 Valeria Lomatchenko 15 5 10
4 CRO 210016 Karmen Perkovic 18 16 2
5 RUS 202284 Mariia Kislukhina 20 14 6
6 POL 214217 Julia Rogalska 23 22 1
7 BLR 207793 Ekaterina Sanko 23 12 11
8 AUS 208546 Mara Stransky 24 7 17
9 GER 213664 Laura Schewe 28 3 25
10 ITA 215744 Chiara Benini Floriani 30 8 22