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7 December 2005, 09:18 am
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Laser Radial World Championship 2005
Fortaleza, Brazil

The last day of the qualifying phase of the ISAF Grade W Laser Radial World Championship in Fortaleza, Brazil, saw a familiar name rise to the top of the leaderboard, as number one in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings Paige RAILEY (USA) moved into first place. Petra NIEMANN (GER) lies just three points back and after a disappointing day, previous leader Sarah BLANCK (AUS) falls back to third.
Day three in Fortaelza also saw 17 year old Igor LISOVENKO (RUS) maintain his lead in the Men's Championship, with the Russian also holding a three point advantage over second place. He was supposed to participate only in the Radial Youth event (for sailors under 18), from 10-17 December, but arrived in time for the men's event and now is a strong title candidate. The windspeed, that went up to twelve knots after two days below ten, seemingly did not affect the youngster, 'I don´t worry about if the wind is lighter or stronger,' he explained, 'I only care about a good or bad result'. Brazilians occupy second to fifth places with Eduardo COUTO currently the Russian's closest challenger.

In the Women's Championship, RAILEY, who has won five of the seven events she has entered in her first year on the senior circuit, confirmed pre-race expectations by taking the lead following another day of consistent sailing. Even without winning any of the races, she moved into first place thanks to four top five finishes. 'I'm not thinking about the title yet,' remarked the young American. 'The winds got stronger and for now I plan to stay among the first positions.'

NIEMANN is third after finishes of fifth and second yesterday, whilst BLANCK seemingly struggled in the stronger winds, recording a 13th and 16th place. Winner of the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française and ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA) seemed most at ease as the winds increased. After two disappointing days in Brazil, she fought back with a fourth place and a bullet to move into the top ten.

Following the six race qualifying series (counting one discard), the top 45 open sailors and the top 38 women move into two gold fleets to decide the respective World titles. 18 Brazilians made it through in the open event, and although none progressed in the women, representatives from over 20 different nations mean their gold fleet has a very international look.

Racing continues until Friday with a total of six races scheduled for the final series.

The Laser Worlds are organized by the International Laser Class Association, Brazilian Laser Class Association, Ceara State Sailing Federation, Brazilian Sailing Federation and Yacht Club of Fortaleza. The sponsors are: Ceara State Government, thru the Sports and Youth Bureau, Marina Park Hotel and Hamburg Süd. The event also has the support of the Brazilian navy, Banco do Nordeste do Brasil, Mayor of Fortaleza, Unilink, Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club and Pirata Bar.

Women's Top Ten After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 USA Paige RAILEY 4 4 (18) 3 6 2 19
2 GER Petra NIEMANN (15) 2 2 11 5 2 22
3 AUS Sarah BLANCK 1 6 1 10 13 (16) 31
4 ARG Cecilia CARRANZA SAROLI 9 20 2 2 (24) 1 34
5 USA Anna TUNNICLIFFE 3 10 10 (18) 3 8 34
6 NZL Sara WINTHER 2 12 (25) 10 5 7 36
7 FRA Sophie DE TURCKHEIM 7 11 (29) 14 4 1 37
8 GBR Penny MOUNTFORD 6 8 3 8 12 (14) 37
9 LTU Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE 9 (20) 15 7 2 6 39
10 CRO Tina MIHELIC 12 (21) 1 1 11 17 42

Open Top Ten After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 RUS Igor LISOVENKO 1 (11) 2 3 8 3 17
2 BRA Eduardo C. de Magalhães COUTO 3 1 6 9 (DNF) 1 20
3 BRA Daniel JAKOBSSON 2 4 13 (21) 3 1 23
4 BRA Tiago Côrtes RODRIGUES 4 5 (12) 2 2 10 23
5 BRA Andreas Reinisch PERDICARIS 1 8 (9) 8 5 5 27
6 GBR Ben PATON 8 10 5 (14) 4 2 29
7 USA Brad FUNK 13 3 (15) 11 1 3 31
8 BRA Fábio DUTRA PILLAR E SILVA 11 1 1 6 (16) 13 32
9 RUS Timofey ZHBANKOV 7 7 10 5 (19) 4 33
10 BRA Bruno Côrtes RODRIGUES 9 16 1 1 8 (30) 35

For a complete list of all the news about the Laser Radial World Championship CLICK HERE.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Paige RAILEY has taken the lead in Brazil:© LC Moreira
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