Laser Masters Worlds: Day 4

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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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