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14 September 2006, 01:35 pm
Extreme Conditions Call A Halt To Racing
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Laser World Championship 2006
Jeju, Korea

Sailors were again held ashore at the scheduled start of racing on day two of the Jeju Laser World Championship in Korea. Today it was due to the extreme conditions that existed on the racing area with winds in excess of 25 knots and steep mountainous seas.
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After a course inspection the race committee postponed racing until late in the afternoon in the hope that the strong winds might moderate. At the 1530 final deadline for a decision the wind was still the same with the seas even steeper as the strong spring tide turned against the wind. All racing was postponed to the next day.

With strong winds expected to continue over the next few days and typhoon ShanShan changing track more towards Jeju the Race Committee have introduced a new course format of double windward-leewards and are proposing to race one fleet at a time to maximise safety cover in the strong winds. In addition they have rescheduled racing to start at 0900 in the hope of using the slightly lighter winds in the morning close to the shore.

With no racing Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) and Michael BLACKBURN (AUS) remain at the top of the leaderboard, after both Australian sailors opened their series with a bullet yesterday.

Top Ten

Pos Nation Name R1 Pts
1 AUS Michael BLACKBURN 1 1
1 AUS Tom SLINGSBY 1 1
3 CRO Mate ARAPOV 2 2
3 GRE Adonis BOUGIOURIS 2 2
5 CAN Michael LEIGH 3 3
5 CRO Milan VUJASINOVIC 3 3
7 NED Roelof BOUWMEESTER 4 4
7 NZL Andrew MURDOCH 4 4
9 CHI Matias DEL SOLAR 5 5
9 FRA Thomas LE BRETON 5 5

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International Laser Class Association (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Tom SLINGSBY ties for the lead after one race:© Laser World Championship
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