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18 July 2001, 09:57 am
Sun,Wind and Waves On Day Three
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Laser Radial World Championships

Perfect conditions blew away the frustrations of the previous day when no racing was possible. A 10 knot onshore breeze built throughout the day to 18 knots producing large waves and classic Laser Radial conditions.

Two more races in the Round Robin part of the Laser Radial World Championships were completed. Fredrik Lassenius from Sweden (not Denmark as reported on Monday) produced the best form of the day scoring 2 first places to take him to the top of the leader board. Starting in the 3rd of 4 groups Lassenius had a perfect start off the favoured port end of the line and quickly tacked to cover the fleet. From then on he held the lead until the finish. It was not so easy for him in the second race. "I got clear at the start and rounded the mark 1 in the lead but one of the Turkish guys (Orkun Soyer) passed me on the second upwind. We had an incident at the top mark and he had to do his turns. He capsized at the same time which gave me a big lead. I liked it better today because on the first day it was a little bit too choppy on the first day and I almost got seasick!"

Soyer won his first race today which, together with a first and second from day 1, still leaves him well placed to challenge Lassenius but he cannot afford another double figure result. In the Women's fleet Katarzyna Szotynski from Poland increased her overall lead and her chances of retaining the title she won last year in Turkey. She said "I am very happy today I got a first and a second." Szotynski made a safe start in race 3 five boats from the port end of the line. Her nearest rival Jayne Singleton from Great Britain won the start off the port end. After 200 metres both tacked across the fleet with the Pole working through to lead at the first mark which she held to the finish. She did not have so easy in the second race. "It was a little bit too much wind for me" she said. Rounding the first mark in fourth she had to wait until the last downwind to take two places to finish second behind Singleton. Two more Round Robin races are scheduled for the male fleet on Wednesday while the 55 women continue their single fleet series also with two races.

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