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8 August 2001, 10:00 am
Scheidt Dominates
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Laser World Championships
Cork

On the first day of ‘finals’ racing when all the top sailors sail together as one gold fleet rain squalls once again delayed the start of racing on the penultimate day of the Laser World Championships taking place in Cork, Ireland.
Large active rain cells passing over the course area caused up to 40 degree variations in the wind direction and at times reduced visibility to less than half a mile making it impossible for the race organisers to set a fair course. When the rain showers finally moved away a shifting 15 knot westerly wind provided a difficult test for the fleet.

3 of the top four sailors scored their worst result of the championship so far including series leader Robert Scheidt from Brazil. He said "the wind was shifting a lot and I was always on the wrong side of the shifts. I went left out of the start and the right paid then I went right and the left paid. I was very surprised because I got to the top mark last!" When asked how it felt to be last at that point Scheidt was remarkably philosophic saying he just decided to see how far he could catch up. Even though he knew he could discard this result if he stayed at the back his calmness enabled him to work back to 29th which is more than respectable in this high quality fleet. It probably also helped him to know that the second placed overall sailor, Karl Suneson was also nearby him. Suneson also made a good recovery to finish two places in front of Scheidt but he needed a much better result than that to close the gap. Scheidt made no mistake in the second race using the first windshift after the start to his advantage to round the first mark in the lead which he held to the finish.

Gustavo Lima from Portugal was the only top sailor to score two single figure results today which moves him to second place overall ahead of Suneson. Shiedt holds a 31 point lead over Lima and only has to finish 29th or better in one of the two races scheduled tomorrow to retain his world champion title. Behind him anyone of 8 sailors can still get a top 3 result.

Overall results, 9 races, 1 discard:

1 BRA Robert Scheidt 21,0pts 1 3 1 1 12 1 1 29 1
2 POR Gustavo Lima 52,0pts 14 2 20 4 6 12 6 4 4
3 SWE Karl Suneson 59,0pts 1 15 3 2 6 3 8 27 21
4 SWE Daniel Birgmark 64,0pts 3 13 6 23 1 3 3 24 12
5 BEL Philippe Bergmans 71,0pts 7 1 8 11 24 20 4 7 13
6 RSA Gareth Blanckenberg 72,0pts 4 6 12 26 19 6 1 16 8
7 ESP Luis Martinez 76,0pts 15 6 1 9 39 5 23 1 16
8 NOR Peer Moberg 77,0pts 2 8 4 4 58 22 9 3 25
9 SWE Rasmus Myrgren 77,0pts 6 9 2 20 13 11 13 17 6
10 GBR Paul Goodison 77,0pts 5 4 5 10 13 21 5 14 47

Jeff Martin/News Editor
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