Wednesday at the Laser2 World Championships in Pwllheli, Wales, dawned much the same as Tuesday, with idyllic sunshine and less than idyllic very light wind conditions.
After a 5 hour delay the dinghy park rapidly emptied into the bay where a steady South Westerly 3-4 knots awaited. After the morning's frustrations the fleet were too eager to get away and a general recall inevitably followed as the majority of the 90 boats pushed the line too far.
The second start saw the wind favouring the committee boat end and the fleet behaved long enough to clear the line. Championship contenders, Andy Palmer-Felgate and Lee Sydenham spent the first few moments of the race doing turns while the rest of the fleet surged for the windward mark. The favoured right side saw the Irish boat of Connor Clancy and Nolam Markham lead round the windward mark, a position they would hold for the remainder of the race and finish some 50yards ahead of the chasers. British couple, Mandy and John Chapman finished a convincing second, with a good gap to third place Simon Lomas-Clarke and Sarah Morris who lead a procession of boats with Matt McCarthy and Jo Dillon a very close fourth and Chris Foster and Tony Wright fifth, having come right up through the fleet.
A late evening finish left hopes for a full days racing on Thursday.
Results, after 3 races:
1 9856 USA Kevin Teborek Ryan Donahue 1 1 15, 17 pts
2 10496 GBR Graeme Bristow Bryan Mobbs 3 2 14, 19 pts
3 10329 IRL Laura Dillion Ben O'Donoghue 15 3 9, 27 pts
4 8 SIN Shew Her Siew Terence Koh 9 7 16, 32 pts
5 10389 GBR Jon Chapman Mandy Chapman 7 29 2, 38 pts
6 5225 CAN Trevor McEwen Ian McEwen 13 8 20, 41 pts
7 10418 GBR Russell Page Victoria Page 19 6 17, 42 pts
8 10003 GER Lisa Buddemeier Hannes Wagner 2 5 36, 43 pts
9 10588 GBR Nigel Skudder Chris Seymour 11 20 13, 44 pts
10 10592 GBR Martin Joesbury Sian Joesbury 21 13 12, 46 pts