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7 November 2004, 12:12 pm
Final Day Of Racing
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Asia Pacific Laser Championship

After a heavy thunderstom with a lot of rain brought a clear and light wind morning to the harbour of Seogwipo(south of Jeju Island). Jeju is known as a strong wind place but this 3rd light wind day in the series made this saying meaningless.
But the wind god did not let the organizer down. 4-8m/sec.Westerly kicked In and the fleet set out to the course to sail the last 2 races.

Kim Ho Gon the Korean Olympic rep. found a young Ausie right behind him when he was about to tack back to the starting line. His mind was concentrated to get another first in his favorite strong wind and wavy condition on the last race of the series.

Ricky Ironmonger with 3 firsts and 3 seconds is only beaten by Korean star if the Korean takes another first in the last race which will be 4th first for the Korean. So Ricky had control on Kim and prevented him from good start and started to do a good covering match. After many tacks up 2/3 of the beat, Kim got a good gust and put his nose slightly ahead of Ricky, and then started to pinch Ricky out. Kim went round the top mark ahead of Ricky, but down wind was Ricky's favorite and he got an inside overlap at Mark 2. Ricky tried to take Kim onto one side of the course but Kim got a nice ride on one big wave and got away from the chase. It was unfortunate for Kim that the wind softened on the last part of the beat and let Ricky to round the windward mark ahead.

Now on the last run Kim tried hard to catch up, but by the time he reached to the last gibing mark. The leader (Chi Qiang from China) was almost nearing the finish. Kim decided to retire and so did Ricky making sure that Kim heads back to the harbour.
The 3rd in the series was Stanly Tan of Singapore who was also Olympic rep. for Athens.

On the Radial course, Jin Hong Cheol of Korea who is 2 time Asian Games gold medalist
won the series with 6 firsts. Followed by young Malaysian Mohamed Mohodromzi and another young Korean sailor Kim Sung Wook.

4.7 class went to Ha Ji Min with 7 firsts.

The event ended with a really nice prize giving at Jeju's newly built convension centre. Leaving confidence to host 2006 Laser Worldchampionship.
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