Laser Masters Worlds: Day 4

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  1. Bradley

    Bradley Guest

    Hyannis YC, Cape Cod USA

    Day 4

    In spite of the weather forecasts the fourth day of the Laser Masters World
    Championship was a great racing day. The 280 sailors from 5 continents
    completed two races in 10 to 15 knots of wind. In the masters' fleet (45
    to 54) Tracey Usher from San Francisco, USA won the first race of the day,
    beating Jack Schlachter and Mark Bethwaite of Australia home.

    The second race of the day saw the United States fill all three places with
    Doug Peckover leading home Mark Bear and Vann Wilson. This fleet is
    currently being dominated by the US filling the top five places overall.
    Overnight leader Ed Adams maintains an 8 point lead with a 5th and 7th
    place for the day, he currently leads Mark Bear who is 6 points clear of
    Peter Vessela in third.

    In the first race of the Grand Master (55-64) category, Jack Hansen and
    Bill Symes of the US followed Keith Wilkins GBR home. In the second race
    Peter Seidenberg of the US had a victory with Bill Symes and Keith Wilkins
    in pursuit. Overall in the Grand Masters division, Keith Wilkins of Great
    Britain extended his lead with a 1st and 3rd place for the day. Racing was
    tight between the top three. Wilkins, lying second in the second heat at
    the last mark, lost out to Peter Seidenberg, USA when protecting his second
    place. Seidenberg went from third to first. Overnight, second placed Rob
    Lowndes of Australia started the day with a 4th place but retired from the
    2nd race of the day, after hitting the first mark.

    The Apprentice (35-44) division became more defined after the day's racing
    with Andreas John of Germany opening up a seven point lead over two former
    Apprentice Champions in Brett Beyer of Australia and Mark Littlejohn of
    Great Britain after a second and a third today. Beyer won the first race of
    the day but could only manage a 7th in the second heat. Littlejohn equalled
    John with a second and third placing.

    In the Great Grandmaster fleet (65+) Dick Tillman of the US continued his
    dominance with another two victories to take his tally to a perfect seven
    from seven. Henry De Wolf, also from the US, remains in second; third is
    now shared by Jim Christopher of the USA and David Flakelar of Australia.

    The Grand Masters (55-64) continue to be led by Lindsay Hewitt of the USA
    from Colin Maddren of New Zealand. Both had victories in today's races.
    Mark Miller of New Zealand continues to run third overall but is only 1
    point clear of Lew Verdon from Australia who had a second and third in
    today's races.

    Adam French of Australia in the Masters division (45-54) won both heats
    today, extending his lead over Alden Shattuck of the USA who could only
    manage a 2nd and 3rd for the day.

    In the Apprentice division of the Laser Radial, defending champion Steve
    Cockerill of Great Britain has taken over the lead from Mark Orams of New
    Zealand by virtue of his two firsts today. Orams could only manage a 4th
    and a 3rd. Ryan Minth of the US and Wilmar Groenendijk of the Netherlands
    are currently tied for third overall.

    Full results, reports and photos at http://www.laserworlds2002.com/masters/
    International Laser Class Association
    email: office@laserinternational.org
    website: http://www.laserinternational.org
     

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