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19 August 2001, 04:07 pm
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Laser World Masters Championships
Cork

There was no racing on the final day at the Laser World Masters Championships in Cork, Ireland. Brett Beyer (AUS) took the title, with Mark Littlejohn (GBR) in second and Doug McGain (AUS) in third.

Report from 17 August:

It was a difficult day afloat for both sailors and race committee. The forecast was for a light south easterly veering to south west throughout the day. At the start of the first race of the day the course was set up for an easterly wind direction in winds of 6 to 7 knots. Rain showers were affecting the course area and the wind was far from stable. Before the Radial start of the first race of the day the wind started to veer 45 degrees but only on the seaward side of the course. On the shore side of the course the apprentices and grand masters saw only a 25 degree veer in wind direction. The masters were the only fleet sailing on the seawide loop of the trapezoid course and the race committee attempted a course change for this group. With 240 boats already racing and spread all over the course the change was more in hope than faith and being unable to adjust the remainder of the course the masters fleet racing was abandoned.

Along the shore the Grand Masters and Apprentices, sailing the outer loop, continued their race.

In the apprentice fleet all of the top sailors managed single figure results with overall leader Brett Beyer (AUS)scoring his worst result of the series so far, an eighth. In the Grand Masters fleet the results were more dramatic with both Keith Wilkins (GBR) and Phil Peglar (GBR), first and second overall overnight, scoring a poor 23rd and 44th as Michael Kinnear (GBR) led the fleet home.

The masters fleet was restarted on a new course as the wind stabilised in a more south easterly direction. New class president, Ian Lineberger (USA) overtook both Jack Schlacter (AUS) and Anders Soresson (SWE) on the last reach to take the winning gun for the only masters race of the day. Series leader Colin Dibb (AUS) and second overall Mark Bethwaite (AUS) again suffered bad results of 13th and 25th respectively. Dibb can drop his result today to maintain the lead whilst Bethwaite needed a good result to stay in contention.

Steve Cockerill (GBR) in the Radial fleet was annoyed to break his winning run but only by dropping a place to finish second to Wilmar Groendijk (NED) in their only race of the day. In the Great Grand Masters and Women's division both Henry de Wolfe Jnr (USA) and Roberta Hartley also suffered a bad result but still maintain their overall lead.

The apprentices and grand masters were able to complete their second race of the day starting soon after the masters and Radials. Once again the apprentices seemed to read the conditions better than the grand masters with all the leading apprentices scoring single figure results. In the grand masters the story was different as the top 5 sailors all scored double figure results behind Peter Dietmuller from Germany.

Today's results have closed the gaps at the front in every fleet except the Radials. With two more races to sail on the final day all the leaders have to watch their tail and make sure they score single figure results to win their respective titles. Only Cockerill in the Radial fleet is relatively safe needing to score better than 12th in one of the two races remaining to secure his title.

Laser Apprentice Masters, Top 10, 10 races, 1 discard:

1 AUS Brett Beyer 14,0 pts, 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 (8) 2
2 GBR Mark Littlejohn 33,0 pts 7 2 1 2 2 3 2 (9) 5 9
3 AUS Doug McGain 39,0 pts (12) 4 7 3 3 4 3 7 7 1
4 IRL Mark Lyttle 39,0 pts 2 6 4 5 (12) 2 4 8 4 4
5 USA Marc Jacobi 51,0 pts (15) 3 8 8 5 9 6 6 1 5
6 FIN Jyrki Taiminen 74,0 pts 10 9 10 7 6 14 5 5 (20) 8
7 SWE Johan Hedberg 78,0 pts 5 (37) 5 9 13 16 7 3 13 7
8 AUS Norman Rydge 81,0 pts 1 10 3 6 4 (bfd) 8 12 24 13
9 USA Mark Brink 92,0 pts (38) 8 11 4 9 7 11 1 23 18
10 GBR Alan Davis 102,0 pts 19 13 9 10 10 10 15 13 (26) 3

Great grand masters, 9 races, 1 discard

1 USA Henry De Wolf Jr. 18,0 pts, 6 2 1 2 1 1 4 1 (9)
2 USA Fradin Schoettle 23,0 pts, 1 1 3 6 3 (7) 1 6 2
3 CAN Heinz Gebauer 25,0 pts, 2 7 2 1 5 (ocs) 2 5 1
4 AUS Anthony Denham 25,0 pts, 3 4 5 4 2 2 3 2 (8)
5 USA James Christopher 34,0 pts, 4 6 4 3 (7) 4 5 4 4
6 RSA Geoffrey Myburgh 43,0 pts, (10) 5 6 10 4 3 6 3 6
7 GBR Otmar Pozniak 62,0 pts, 12 3 11 5 6 6 (dnf) 8 11
8 GBR Peter Raymer 72,0 pts, 8 (14) 9 8 10 8 12 12 5
9 RSA Peter Thomson 74,0 pts, 5 15 8 (ocs) 14 11 11 7 3
10 USA John-Bosco Debosset 83,0 pts, (15) 9 12 14 15 5 7 9

Women

1 GBR Roberta Hartley 9,0 pts, 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 (5)
2 AUS Lyndall Patterson 19,0 pts, 1 2 (4) 4 2 2 2 3 3
3 GBR Claire Davison 22,0 pts, (4) 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 4
4 SWE Yvonne Malmsten 38,0 pts, 3 (8) 3 7 4 4 5 6 6
5 AUS Jan Kemp 39,0 pts, 5 (9) 5 8 5 5 4 5 2
6 GBR Lesley Hotchin 55,0 pts, (9) 5 8 9 8 9 7 8 1
7 AUS Diane Sissingh 56,0 pts, 6 4 7 3 17 (ocs) 8 4 7
8 USA Sally Sharp 57,0 pts, 7 6 (9) 5 9 8 6 7 9
9 AUS Susan Fielding 58,0 pts, 8 7 6 6 7 6 (10) 10 8
10 GBR Alison Hutton 79,0 pts, (13) 10 11 10 10 7 9 9 13




Jeff Martin/News Editor
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