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Laser Europeans and Youth Europeans
Puck

The hoped for strong winds failed to materialise on the last day of the Laser European Senior and Youth Championships in Puck, Poland.

The 210 competitor fleet from 31 countries were sent afloat on schedule but had to wait 2 hours for a 5 to 6 knot wind to build and settle. In this respect the pattern was similar to all the other days but there was once again drama and excitement.

In the youth fleet series leader Tim Hulse broke his personalised tiller at the start of the race and had to sit out and watch to see how the Croatian Luka Radelic and Thomas Le Breton from France performed to see what he had to do in the second race of the day. Hulse said "I had prepared well and intended to sail my own race in the first race of the day and see how things went before making a final plan for the second race. I was pretty annoyed when my tiller broke." Radelic started at the pin end and was soon out in front. He had the lead at the first mark and was never seriously challenged for the rest of the race. Le Breton meanwhile had an average start and struggled to break away from the pack. He rounded the first mark in tenth and although at one point worked his way up to fifth his ninth place finish was not enough to put him ahead of Hulse.

In the seniors, local favourite, Maciej Grabowski, also started at the pin end and was soon in control of the fleet to lead at the first mark. He said "On the second upwind I was trying to cover Peer Moberg (his nearest rival) in case he went for a corner and passed me. This meant that Roope Suomalainen FIN and Paul Goodison GBR passed me. We then had a close race and I managed to pass Roope on the downwind to finish second." With Moberg finishing 8th he still held on to second overall with Goodison moving up to 3rd overall.

Although the Race Committee attempted to start a second race in the remaining thirty minutes before the cut off time for starting a general recall for the seniors meant that no second race could be started for any fleet.

Back ashore the senior's drama was about to unfold. Goodison had had a collision at the first mark with fellow countryman Ed Wright which was the subject of a protest and counter protest. The jury found in favour of Wright which dropped Goodison to fourth overall and elevated Frederick Lassenius to third overall.

Final Results, 11 races, 2 discards:

Senior

1 POL 169707 Maciej Grabowski 18,0 pts, 1 6 16 2 4 1 1 1 14 1 1
2 NOR 168157 Peer Moberg 31,0 pts, 1 1 9 5 2 1 5 2 6 21 8
3 SWE 167622 Fredrik Lassenius 40,0 pts, 7 6 2 1 6 7 9 4 20 4 3
4 GBR 172411 Paul Goodison 48,0 pts, 8 7 2 10 1 4 7 7 2 13 dsq
5 ESP 172833 Luis Martinez 51,0 pts, 10 1 4 23 7 4 8 5 12 7 5
6 ITA 169102 Diego Negri 56,0 pts, 2 2 3 10 3 2 11 4 19 bfd 25
7 POR 165842 Gustavo Lima 60,0 pts, 12 7 1 4 10 2 1 2 21 bfd dnf
8 AUT 171505 Andreas Geritzer 62,0 pts, 20 30 3 6 2 3 16 9 4 8 11
9 FIN 168147 Roope Suomalainen 63,0 pts, dnf 15 8 4 10 5 2 1 16 bfd 2
10 SLO 167991 Vasilij Zbogar 70,0 pts, 6 12 15 2 1 6 21 26 5 2 28

Youth

1 GBR 171836 Timothy Hulse 26,0 pts, 1 2 7 1 8 3 2 11 1 1 dnf
2 CRO 158348 Luka Radelic 33,0 pts, 3 4 1 15 4 12 5 1 2 24 1
3 FRA 171711 Thomas Le Breton 40,0 pts, bfd 4 3 8 1 2 3 5 5 12 9
4 POL 171303 Marcin Rudawski 54,0 pts, 3 16 4 5 3 11 bfd 19 4 4 4
5 GRE 166245 Michalis Koulianos 57,0 pts, 4 11 3 22 29 4 bfd 2 3 6 2
6 CRO 165674 Marin Misura 59,0 pts, 8 9 2 26 8 10 5 6 6 5 22
7 SWE 168707 Per Frykholm 63,0 pts, 7 1 15 10 1 10 4 29 7 32 8
8 GRE 171343 Andreas Rallatos 73,0 pts, 4 7 9 9 dnf 1 1 4 19 19 42
9 GER 171451 Tobias Schadewaldt 79,0 pts, 1 1 24 14 32 3 6 10 15 33 5
10 POL 170889 Artur Wilandt 82,0 pts, 14 7 28 bfd 2 9 12 8 8 3 19


Jeff Martin/News Editor
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