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8 August 2001, 02:51 pm
Scheidt Takes His Fifth World Title
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World Champion Robert Scheidt (BRA) photo:Jeff Martin

Laser World Championships
Cork

With a 13th position in race number 10 Robert Scheidt (BRA) has made history by winning a fifth Laser World Championship title today at Cork, Ireland with a race to spare.
Scheidt dominated the racing with 7 wins from 11 races over a fleet of 164 entries from 48 countries.

Meanwhile Great Britain's Ben Ainslie - who took Gold from Scheidt in the famous last race battle in the Olympic Laser Class at Sydney 2000 - was making an appearance at the helm of Skandia Life Leopard in Cowes.

Forty degree wind shifts on day six, however, scattered the pack with three of the top four sailors scoring their worst result of the championship thus far. Robert Scheidt concurred "I was very surprised when I got to the top mark last!" When asked how it felt to be last at that point Scheidt was remarkably philosophical "I just decided to see how far I could catch up". His calmness and focus enabled him to work back to 29th - more than respectable in this high quality fleet.

Each day of the Championship at Royal Cork Yacht Club (the oldest yacht club in the world) brought a new surprise from mother nature - mostly the unusual weather conditions. But on day four, just as the fleet started, two killer whales were spotted at the weather mark. The whales had been in the waters off Cork for the past few weeks, but fortunately were unconcerned about 164 Lasers sailing in their patch of water.

Top ten in first race of the final day:

1 Peer Moberg NOR
2 Mate Arapov CRO
3 Marin Misura CRO
4 Johan Fredriksson SWE
5 Robbie McMillan NZL
6 Joao Signorini BRA
7 Jim Taylor GBR
8 Pieter-Jan Postma NED
9 Timothy Hulse GBR
10 Anders Nyholm DEN

Robert Scheidt BRA 13th, Gustavo Lima POR 16th (In second position going into today).

Final Overall Results, Top 10, 11 races, 2 discards:

1 BRA 25 Robert Scheidt 22,0 pts, 1 3 1 1 12 1 1 (28) 1 (13) 1
2 POR 121 Gustavo Lima 59,0 pts, 14 2 (20) 4 6 12 6 4 4 (16) 7
3 NOR 109 Peer Moberg 61,0 pts, 2 8 4 4 (57) 22 9 3 (25) 1 8
4 GBR 62 Paul Goodison 75,0 pts, 5 4 5 10 13 21 5 (dsq) (47) 9 3
5 RSA 124 Gareth Blanckenberg 77,0 pts, 4 6 12 (26) 19 6 1 15 8 (37) 6
6 SWE 136 Rasmus Myrgren 80,0 pts, 6 9 2 (20) 13 11 13 16 6 (43) 4
7 SWE 138 Karl Suneson 85,0 pts, 1 15 3 2 6 3 8 26 21 (dnf) (27)
8 SWE 131 Daniel Birgmark 87,0 pts, 3 13 6 23 1 3 3 23 12 (44) (56)
9 BEL 18 Philippe Bergmans 87,0 pts, 7 1 8 11 (24) 20 4 7 13 (30) 16
10 ESP 49 Luis Martinez 93,0 pts, 15 6 1 9 (39) 5 23 1 16 17 (28




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