Laser Masters World Championship Day 2

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Laser Masters World Championship

Hyannis Yacht Club, Cape Cod, USA

Day 2

The sailors were greeted this morning with heavy rain and light winds, and
a forecast that did not hold a great hope for an improvement. However the
forecast was calling for a reduction in the rain and a light offshore wind
of 8 knots so the fleet of 280 boats was sent afloat.

By the time the 4 fleets finally arrived at the course a light 5-8 knot
southerly had filled in. Under a rotation system the Laser Radial fleet
were first to start today and started the precedent for general recalls
with the current helping to push the fleets over the line.

Second away were the Apprentices (35 to 44 years) followed by the Masters
(45 to 54 years). As the Masters were completing their first downwind leg
the wind shifted to the right requiring a change of course. At the same
time the Grandmasters (55 to 64 years) had their second attempt at starting
their race postponed with 30 seconds to go.

The wind remained unstable and light and in the end prevented the
Grandmasters from having a race today.

In the Laser Radial fleet New Zealander Mark Orams remains in the lead with
a 2nd place behind Ryan Minth USA. Former Laser Radial Masters Champion
Adam French from Australia closed the gap on leader Alden Shattuck USA with
a win to Shattuck's 4th.

In the Grand Master division of the Laser Radials, Lindsay Hewitt USA lost
his overnight lead to compatriot James Johnston, after Johnston won today's
race. Dick Tillman maintained a clean sweep of the Great Grandmaster (65
years plus) division today. Yvonne Malmsten of Sweden maintained her lead
in the women's section with a third place behind Debbie Phillips GBR and
Sally Sharp USA.

The standard rig Apprentices was won by Jyrki Taiminen of Finland, giving
him the lead overall. He led home Andreas John of Germany from Alan Davis
of GBR. The top five in this fleet are separated by just 5 points.

In the Masters Ed Adams USA again proved to be at home in the light winds
with a runaway victory for his third straight win of the series. He is, so
far, proving to be more consistent than the other Masters opening up a
large 15-point margin over Peter Vessella USA and a further 7 points ahead
of fellow American Ian Lineberger.

The Grand Master Standard rig fleet did not start their race as the wind
turned through 120 degrees and died.

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