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22 August 2009, 11:44 pm
Thompson On Top At Midway Stage Of Laser Worlds
The fleet racing on day three in Canada
Action from day three in Canada

Laser World Championship 2009
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

ISAF Sailing World Cup leader Nick Thompson of Great Britain leads the way as the 2009 Laser Worlds in St Margaret's Bay, Canada reach the halfway stage.
St. Margaret's Bay was back to true form for day three of the 2009 Laser Worlds providing ideal conditions for racing and a change in the leader board. Under sunny skies and winds up to 22 knots, Nick Thompson of Great Britain holds the overall lead with a first and a fourth in his two races today. Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia is second, with Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison (GBR) in third.

With five races completed, and one result dropped, there were some new faces in the top five, namely Julio Alsogaray of Argentina in fourth, and Germany's Philipp Buhl in fifth.

Of significance to the shift in standings among the top sailors was the decision to re-race for one fleet the third race, sailed on Friday. That single race on Friday proved tricky for the blue fleet which had numerous general recalls with more than 20 sailors, one third of the fleet, black flagged and recorded as not starting. Following protests and hearings the decision was made to allow the race to be re-sailed on Saturday.

The results moved Thompson ahead of Stipanovic, a lead he kept to the end of the day. The re-race also briefly put Olympic gold medallist Goodison into third, only to fall back to sixth after the fourth race and jump back to third after the fifth.

Canada's Michael Leigh had a second and fifth on Saturday to move into ninth overall. Team mate David Wright is in 25th.

"It was the best day yet," said sailing photographer Matias Capizzano, "Lots of action, waves, wind; some great racing." Capizzano's pictures of the event are available on the event website at

There will be no racing on day four, Sunday. With Hurricane Bill forecast to brush the Nova Scotia coast on Sunday, bringing with it a three metre surge and winds in excess of 50 knots (100 kilometres per hour), organizers have cancelled racing for the day.

Dozens of volunteer spent Saturday securing equipment and readying the site for the storm. After returning to shore, sailors de-rigged and then helped volunteers store the Laser hulls inside the St. Margaret Sailing Clubhouse and race management centre.

"I guess you could call it battening down the hatches," said event co-chair Rod Millar. "At only four metres long, these Lasers would be flying around in winds of 50 knots. Our best solution was to clear the interior of both buildings and store the hulls inside."

Millar says it's hoped to get competitors and volunteers back on site at seven Monday morning to unpack the boats and get ready to sail later in the day.

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Barbara Pike (As Amended By ISAF)
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