Worlds Final Day

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Bradley

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Laser World Championship 2002.

Hyannis Yacht Club, Cape Cod, USA

Final Day

28-year-old Robert Scheidt from Brazil strode further into the record books
when he won his sixth Laser World title with a race to spare on the final
day of the Laser World Championships. His score of single figure results
in all but one of the 12 races sailed would be impressive in any class but
in a fleet of 133 boats from 44 countries in a variety of wind and sea
conditions left his peers in awe.

The race committee called for an early start because of a forecast of light
winds later in the day. They were rewarded with a 9-knot offshore breeze
when the fleet lined up for the first of two races at 9.30 am. British
sailor, Paul Goodison, started in the middle of the line and worked the
left side of the middle of the course to lead at the first mark. Goodison
extended his lead on the downwind leg. As the wind started to he took a
cautious second upwind leg to take the winning gun on a shortened course.
His win put him in contention for a runner up place as all but one of his
nearest rivals scored a bad result.

Behind him the first and second place sailors, Scheidt and Karl Suneson
from Sweden were locked in their own battle with Suneson hoping that
Scheidt would have two bad results which would have given him the
title. However Scheidt has been around too long to let a lead slip without
a fight. Confident in his speed he started 5 boat lengths below Suneson
but unusually for him had a bad start and crossed behind Suneson. Going
out to the right hand side of the course he did a quick couple of tacks to
get in a controlling position on Suneson. After that he protected his lead
on Suneson and rounded the first mark in fourth, 6 places ahead of
Suneson. 3rd overall, Brendan Casey AUS rounded in 13th, which was just
where Scheidt wanted him. He said: "from then on I just tried to protect
my lead. On the second windward leg Karl and Brendan went to opposite
sides of the course and I decided to cover Karl. I got a good right shift
on the second windward which pulled me up to second at the finish".

The wind died completely for two hours before the second race could be
started in the same northerly wind, which had again built to 8
knots. Andre Streppel from Brazil led at the first mark. On the downwind
Bernard Luttmer from Canada passed Streppel to take the lead, which he held
to the finish. Luis Martinez from Spain and Andreas Geritzer from Austria
also passed Streppel as the wind died and veered through 120
degrees. Fortunately the shifting wind did not change the lead. Behind
these 4 Goodison needed to win to have a chance of passing Suneson in the
overall ranking. When lying 10th he knew Suneson was behind him and took a
tactical gamble to try and secure a first place position. His gamble did
not pay off but his third place was secure.

Full results: http://www.laserworlds2002.com/senior/

Scores take into account 2 discards

Seq Name Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12
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1 BRA Robert
Scheidt 25.0 15 1 2 5 1 1 1 6 2 4 2 dnc
2 SWE Karl
Suneson 40.0 8 2 10 1 1 1 9 1 9 2 6 20
3 GBR Paul
Goodison 51.0 8 3 19 4 3 4 2 24 6 5 1 15
4 ITA Diego
Negri 70.0 19 5 7 16 12 3 3 8 7 13 5 7
5 AUS Brendan
Casey 79.0 3 4 1 2 5 5 23 3 4 30 22 49
6 GBR Edward
Wright 86.0 2 1 1 18 3 9 10 4 10 27 28 19
7 SWE Daniel
Birgmark 94.0 23 13 6 10 7 4 14 5 14 3 43 18
8 RSA Gareth Blanckenberg 95.0 1 5 4 5 2 8 7 13 24 7
dnf 27
9 BEL Philippe
Bergmans 97.0 14 10 8 15 19 5 11 7 13 9 10 10
10 FIN Roope
Suomalainen 111.0 39 6 9 3 4 3 3 43 21 8 41 13
11 CAN Bernard
Luttmer 115.0 24 11 13 20 15 7 4 25 15 60 4 1
12 CRO Mate Arapov 117.0 17 12 3 13 10
bfd 4 10 17 26 40 5
13 GBR Mark
Howard 118.0 12 3 8 34 4 2 14 19 5 42 60 9
14 FIN Fredrik
Westman 119.0 12 2 2 41 7 2 1 2 11 43 59 37
15 SWE Rasmus
Myrgren 119.0 7 16 17 24 9 11 5 14 19 56 15 6
16 ESP Luis Martinez 122.0 9 6
ocs 14 18 14 2 15 3 59 39 2
17 AUT Andreas Geritzer 135.0 11 13 13 23 2 6 11 11 30 35 35 3
18 SLO Vasilij
Zbogar 139.0 5 8 10 4 5 10 5 18 23 47 14 dnf
19 TUR Ali Kemal
Tufekci 159.0 16 7 11 25 12 7 13 30 35 39 17 11
20 USA Andrew
Lewis 161.0 31 18 9 28 21 12 6 60 20 15 11 21

International Laser Class Association
email: office@laserinternational.org
website: http://www.laserinternational.org
 
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Canadian Sailor

Congratulations to Canadas very own Bernard Luttmer who placed 11th over all in an excellent last day, placing 1st and 4th! Also congratulations to the US top sailor finishing out the top 20. Congratulations to all.

Good luck to all master sailors beginning another week of excellent sailing.
 
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