Oscillating winds increasing from eight to sixteen knots caused a bit of a mix up in the results on the penultimate day at the Audi Laser World Championship 2012 in Boltenhagen, Germany.
Tom Slingsby (AUS) is on course for a third consecutive Laser title after another consistent day on the water. "Today was a good day with a third and a 10th,"
said Slingsby. "Race one I had a good first beat rounding seventh and pulling up to third. In race two I was lucky to have a really good comeback, I rounded 36th and was able to get some good shifts and pull back to 10th, so a good day.
"It was a day where things weren't always going to go right for you and it just depended on how much you were able to pull back I think,"
he said. "I was lucky I saved one of my best comebacks for today and hopefully it will be important at the end."
Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) sits 20 points behind the Australian in second place but Guatemala's Juan Ignacio Maegli has been the surprise package of the regatta. The 23-year-old Beijing 2008 Olympian has moved into a well deserved top three spot following consistent results.
Only a slip up on Slingby's side would allow Stipanovic to overtake him during the last two races. Both competitors have been described as good strong wind sailors though so watching tomorrow's races unfold will definitely prove to be interesting.
Very close together after some ups and downs in the results are Andrew Maloney (NZL) in fourth, Andreas Geritzer (AUT) in fifth and Tom Burton (AUS) in sixth place.
Six of the twelve Olympic tickets available in Boltenhagen have been decided after the fleet was divided into the gold, silver and bronze fleet. Thailand, Ireland, Portugal, Lithuania, Tunisia and the Ukraine will have the opportunity to send a Laser sailor to Weymouth for the Olympic Games. Ten sailors in the silver fleet are now fighting for the last six tickets. Unfortunately none of the bronze fleet sailors will be able to secure a ticket for their country.
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