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12 July 2013, 10:10 am
Patience Pays At Balaton Laser 4.7 Worlds
Day four
Finally three races were sailed at the Balaton Laser 4.7 Worlds

Balaton Laser Worlds: Laser 4.7 Youth World & European Championships
Balatonfured, Hungary

It was another difficult day for the competitors and the Race Committees on the Lake Balaton. Because of the light wind and the promises of the weather forcasts the fleets remained in the marinas until the early afternoon.
The sailors onshore were very excited about Day 4 at the Laser 4.7 Worlds as there were high expectations of very favourable conditions. The air pressure during the early morning was excellent which endorsed everyone's belief that this was the day for some solid sailing easily achieving three races. The scene on the launch ramp was one of enthusiasm as the sailors departed the shore to be towed out to their respective course areas.

In short, however, it was not to be what was expected and the Race Committee was becoming as frustrated with the wind pattern as the sailors were. Huge wind shifts, holes and lulls in the breeze made fair racing impossible for several hours.

To the credit of the Race Committee they made several solid efforts to start races on both Courses A and B only being forced to abandon them out of fairness to all competitors. By late afternoon, at approximately 16:00, the first race of the day commenced and by this time the sailors had been on the water for seven hours.

The Race Committee pushed the envelope running three races and to the credit of all competitors they rose to the occasion in producing outstanding performances which amounted to a twelve hours day on the water.

Given the shifty wind conditions and the importance of ensuring a fair race environment the Race Committee is to be congratulated upon achieving not only a balance playing field but also the desired three races for the day.

One of the longest days on water in recent times for the competitors, coaches and officials alike. Qualifying series are now over after four races and the final series will start on Friday.

Top Three - Boy's fleet
1. Nicolas Conor (AUS) - 3 pts
2. Cetin Anil (TUR) - 5 pts
3. Fernandez Socrates (ESP) - 5 pts

Top Three - Girl's Fleet
1. Morales Gonzales Silvia (ESP) - 13 pts
2. Erdi Maria (HUN) - 14 pts
3. Capparuccini Sofia (ITA) - 16 pts


Laszlo Matyas
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