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21 August 2009, 11:44 pm
Thompson Hits The Front At Laser Worlds
Foggy conditions on day two in Halifax
Foggy conditions on day two in Halifax

Laser World Championship 2009
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

ISAF Sailing World Cup leader Nick Thompson of Great Britain has moved into the overall lead after a tricky second day of racing at the Laser Worlds in Canada.
Day two of the Laser World Championships proved more exercise for volunteers hauling race marks than for the athletes. Fog hanging over the outer reaches of St. Margaret's Bay had the race committee making numerous course changes in an effort to find clear water.

Only one race was completed, on a day the Race Committee hoped to get three races in. Two fleets managed to get in a quick race, but the third fleet proved anxious. There were numerous general recalls for sailors crossing the line early, more than 20 sailors black flagged (which took them out of the race) and still it took an hour and a half to get the fleet off, which prevented further starts.

After three race, remains in the lead, ISAF Sailing World Cup leader Nick Thompson (GBR) has taken over the overall lead, with Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia in second and Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison of Great Britain in third. Athens silver medallist Andreas Geritzer (AUT) and Poland's Karol Porozynski complete the top five. Clayton Johnson (USA), Pavlos Kontides (CYP) and defending World Champion Tom Slingsby of Australia looked to have had strong finishes to move into the top-five overall, but were all amongst those sailors black flagged and subsequently have dropped down the leaderboard.

Bernard Luttmer of Canada is in 18th spot after three races. Team mate David Wright is in 20th and Chris Dold in 25th.

While the 169 athletes competing in the 2009 Nautel Laser World Championships were having a rough day on the water, on land, organizers were preparing a contingency plan for Hurricane Bill. It's currently forecast to brush Nova Scotia on Sunday. Racing will continue as planned on Saturday, but if the hurricane continues on its current track, races will be cancelled on Sunday.

"After racing on Saturday, the athletes will help volunteers move the Laser hulls into the main clubhouse and race management centre," says event co-chair Rod Millar. "Masts and rigging will be lashed down and secured in protected areas, as will the dollies used to wheel the boats around."
"The athletes will bring their sails and foils [centerboards and rudders] to their residences so they don't need to be stored on site." Other equipment and tents used for the championship will be broken down and stored.

"The current plan is to get back on the water Monday," says Millar. "It's definitely a disruption to the Laser Worlds, but we're sailors, this happens."

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Barbara Pike (As Amended By ISAF)
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