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14 September 2002, 11:28 am
A Windy Second Day
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Laser World Championship and Olympic Qualification Regatta
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A strong 18 - 22 knot westerly gradient wind and 4 to 6 foot seas produced exciting sailing and a tough test for the 131-strong fleet on the second of the Laser World Championship.
Again, racing was in two heats with two races scheduled for the day.

The first heat of the first race got off to a clean start at the first attempt. 5 times world champion, Robert Scheidt (BRA) worked the left hand side of the first windward leg before taking a small a shift to cross the fleet and lead at the first mark. In strong wind conditions there are not many who can live with the double Olympic medallist and he extended his lead throughout the race to take the winning gun.

In the second race Australian Brendan was first to show with Scheidt back in 6th having been too far to the left of a backing wind. Scheidt slowly pulled through the fleet with Casey always looking over his shoulder. Casey said "Robert was going fast and I had to work hard to keep him behind me". On the second upwind the wind had shifted 25 degrees to the right. Robert stood on more than I did on starboard tack which kept him behind me." After the race Scheidt said "I was pleased with my day. I had speed and felt physically good. It has given me a lot of confidence after my poor result yesterday."

The best results of the day went to Ed Wright (GBR) who scored 2 first places ahead of the Finn, Fredrik Westman. Their's was a race of contrasting skills. Westman, the tallest sailor in the fleet, had awesome speed upwind whilst Wright was as fast again downwind in the winds that had built to 25 knots plus as the sea breeze built on the gradient.

Two more heat races are scheduled for today.

Results (After 3 Races)

Position Nation Name R1 R2 R3 Total
1 GBR Ed Wright 2 1 1 4
2 AUS Brendan Casey 3 4 1 8
3 RSA Gareth Blankenberg 1 5 4 10
4 FIN Fredrik Westman 12 2 2 16
5 BRA Robert Scheidt 15 1 2 18
6 SWE Peter Santen 6 8 5 19
7 SWE Karl Suneson 8 2 10 20
8 GBR Mark Howard 12 3 8 23
9 SLO Vasilij Zbogar 5 8 10 23
10 GBR Paul Goodison 8 3 19 30

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