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13 April 2006, 10:32 am
Brazilians Impress
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Laser Central And South American Championships 2006
Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Lasers went into battle in Punta del Este, Uruguay yesterday, with Brazil's Eduardo COUTO taking the opening bullet at the ISAF Grade C1 Laser Central And South American Championships.
Over 50 Lasers from ten nations took to the water yesterday, after the conclusion of the Laser Radial series on Tuesday. With a southerly wind around the eight to ten knot mark, and a 1.5 knot north to south current, the opening race of the Laser series was a very tactical affair.

After Argentina had dominated the women's Radial competition, yesterday it was the turn of the Brazilians to shine with COUTO taking the bullet followed by top junior Geison MÉNDES (BRA) in second place. Third place went to Cruz GONZALEZ SMITH (ARG), with another Brazilian junior Jucyan OKRETIC in fourth, and Peru's Luis OLCESE fifth.

DEL SOLAR Struggles

The defending champion, number nine in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and top ranked sailor in the championship, Matías DEL SOLAR (CHI) will be slightly disappointed with a start of eighth, although there is still plenty of racing to come.

Other notable finishers were Guatemala's 2004 ISAF Youth Worlds bronze medallist in the Hobie 16 Juan I MAEGLI in sixth and last year's third and fourth place finishers, Julio ALSOGARAY (ARG) and Augusto NICOLINI (PER) in a disappointing 23rd and 28th place respectively.

In the opening race of the Laser 4.7 series, Venezuela's Daniela RIVERO took first place, ahead of Daniel LEMOS DONTES (BRA) and Rodrigo DE MORAES LOPEZ (BRA).

The Yacht Club Punta del Este are hosting the Laser Central And South American Championships from 7-16 April. The Laser Radial series took place from the 7-11 April. CLICK HERE for the results. The battle amongst the Laser and Laser 4.7 sailors continues through to Sunday.

Laser Top Ten

Pos Nations Skipper R1 Pts
1 BRA Eduardo COUTO 1 1
2 BRA Geison MÉNDES 2 2
3 ARG Cruz González SMITH 3 3
4 BRA Jucyan OKRETIC 4 4
5 PER Luis OLCESE 5 5
6 GUA Juan I MAEGLI 6 6
7 CHI Cristibal GREZ 7 7
8 CHI Matías DEL SOLAR 8 8
9 GUA Juan J. DELGADO 9 9
10 BRA Adrion SANTOS 10 10
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