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29 July 2009, 09:59 am
MARTINETTI wins three races and leads the Laser 4.7 World Championship in Búzios, Brazil.
Image from day 4 of the Laser 4.7 Worlds
Action from day 4 of the Laser 4.7 Worlds

Laser 4.7 World Championship
Buzios, Brazil

With good winds, there were three races in the Manguinhos racecourse and already discounting the first discard, foreigners stand out in Rio de Janeiro state.
Finally a perfect day. With the typical wind of the Búzios peninsula, 10 to 12 knots, from the eastern quadrant, there was one more day of competition at the 8th World Championship of Laser 4.7. The strong winds enabled the Race Committee one more race than originally planned, totaling three races today and four in the championship.

With the first discard already computed, two sailors of the blue male group highlighted Jonathan MARTINETTI (ECU) who won three races today, and discarded his 23rd of yesterday, and JURAJ DIVJAKINJA (CRO) that computes a third and two seconds as valid results. Breno MARTINS is the local sailor better placed, in 15th place overall.

In the group of women Urska KOSIR (SLO) continues with an impressive performance. After winning the first race yesterday, today she won two more races and took a second place, which was discarded as her worst result. The Turkish nazlihilal KARADELI (TUR) is in second overall and, Kim PLETIKOS (SLO) comes in third. The recent winner of Northa American women Optmist championship, Claudia MAZZAFERRO (BRA) is the best Brazilian, in fifth place overall, tie in number of points with the fourth placed, Patricia LEVEQUE (ESP).

Today, after five hours at sea, the 148 sailors, from 27 nations participating, could try all Brazilian hospitality. Arriving on land they were greeted with a barbecue in Búzios Sailing Club, where the competition is based. Tomorrow is scheduled two or three races and the forecast is for winds from south, from 3 to 7 knots over the afternoon.

Armação dos Búzios, in the east of Rio de Janeiro state, is welcoming the Laser 4.7 World Championship that is happening since last Saturday (25 July) and end this Friday (31 July). Headquartered in Búzios Sailing Club with sailors aged between 14 and 18 years, the event has the sponsorship of Nycomed, Eletrobrás and Localiza; the support of the City of Armação dos Búzios, the CBVM - Brazilian Sailing Federation and the Hidrotônico I-9.

Official web site of the event and full results at: http://www.laser47.org
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