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26 February 2013, 10:59 am
Laser Midwinters East Wrap Up In Clearwater
Avery Fanning rounds in front in the final race
Avery Fanning rounds in front in the final race

Laser Midwinters East
Clearwater, USA

Clay Johnson (USA) took the Laser honours at the Laser Midwinters East whilst Luke Ramsay (CAN) dominated the Radial and Andy Burns (USA) controlled the Laser 4.7.
Johnson's week got off to the perfect start as he notched up four race wins on the bounce to set him on his way. Unable to finish the fifth race he discarded the potential 60 pointer and went on to take his fifth bullet in the sixth race of the series.

With Johnson taking control at the midway point of the regatta it would be hard for his rivals to gain ground on him. Canada's David Wright and Guatemala's Juan Ignacio Maegli chipped away at his lead but in the end his start proved pivotal as he took the final honours by three points. Wright took silver with the Guatemalan comfortably in third.

In the Laser Radial fleet Luka Ramsay (CAN) blitzed the field to win by a convincing 19 points over Sebastien Schneiter (SUI) and Owen Siese (BER).

Ramsay won eight of nine races and was untouchable throughout the week. Although Schneiter finished some distance behind the Canadian London 2012 Men's 470 Olympian, he comfortably finished in second whilst a fight for third ensued.

Heading into the final race any one of Siese, Sandy Beatty (CAN), William Marshall (USA) and Andrea Aldana (GUA) were in with a chance of taking bronze. In the end the Bermudan, who sailed the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games finished sixth as well as two ISAF Youth Worlds managed to do what he needed to do to take bronze. He finished the final race in 14th and ahead of all of his rivals who discarded their final race score.

Andy Burns put in an assured performance in the Laser 4.7 to win by 12 points with Charlotte le Clue (USA) and Emily Wright (USA) taking the silver and bronze.

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