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
|4||ARG||Cecilia CARRANZA SAROLI||9||20||2||2||(24)||1||34|
|7||FRA||Sophie DE TURCKHEIM||7||11||(29)||14||4||1||37|
Open Top Ten After Six Races
|2||BRA||Eduardo C. de Magalhães COUTO||3||1||6||9||(DNF)||1||20|
|4||BRA||Tiago Côrtes RODRIGUES||4||5||(12)||2||2||10||23|
|5||BRA||Andreas Reinisch PERDICARIS||1||8||(9)||8||5||5||27|
|8||BRA||Fábio DUTRA PILLAR E SILVA||11||1||1||6||(16)||13||32|
|10||BRA||Bruno Côrtes RODRIGUES||9||16||1||1||8||(30)||35|
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