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24 July 2001, 10:09 am
Bullot (NZL) Continues Winning Way
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photo:Jeff Martin

Laser Radial Youth World Championships

After a two day break, following his win in the Open Laser Radial World Championship last week, 17 year old Michael Bullot (NZL), continued his winning way taking two first places on the opening day of the Laser Radial Youth World Championship.
The larger fleet of 260 boats from 33 countries proved no obstacle to him in the 8 knot breeze which built to 10 knots for the second race. Bullot said "I needed a couple of days off after the Open Worlds and spent time by the pool topping up on my tan. I had two bad starts and each time had to take a few transoms to get out on the right side of the course where there was a line of pressure and possibly some help from the current. Once out on the starboard side I worked the oscillations and was able to round in the top five in both races." By the end of the downwind Bullot had again shown better speed climbing to first position in both races sailed on the outer loop of the trapezoid course.

The total fleet is split into 4 starting groups with two races scheduled over 4 days in a modified "round robin" series. Thereafter the fleet is split into Gold, Silver and Bronze groups for a final series of 4 races. In spite of a standard I minute disqualification rule each start took several attempts to get away even when the Black Flag rule was applied after a general recall. This resulted in a number of disqualifications for being on the course side of the start line at the starting gun. In the light conditions others fell foul of the 8 man International Jury who gave 45 yellow flag penalties for illegal propulsion in the eight fleets sailed today. Several sailors were obliged to retire after receiving 2 yellow flag penalties.

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