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24 July 2014, 09:27 am
Polish In Control On Home Waters
Fleet get racing underway
Fleet get racing underway

Laser Radial Men's World Championship

For the first time in the championship blue skies welcomed sailors to the venue with no sign of sea fog. Fortunately the gradient wind remained from the north east and the first starting signal was as scheduled.
The winds for were slightly less than previous days at 11 to 12 knots but still some of the sailors felt they needed some start practice as the first attempted start was recalled. After a postponement to adjust the course the fleet got away at the second attempt under a black except for 6 sailors who raced for nothing having been identified as early starters.

The lighter winds for the first race of the day broke the results mould of the previous two days with half of the top ten sailors scoring their worst result of the series so far. This included series leader Jonasz Stelmaszyk (POL) who failed to make the top ten round the first mark. One of his close rivals, Martis Pajarskas (LTU), took the first mark at the front of the fleet closely followed by his team mate Karolis Janulionis, Mathieu de By (NED) and Xavi Tous (ESP) with the rest of the fleet tightly packed behind.

On the downwind leg there was still good swell for surfing which the two Lithuanians made use of to increase their lead. Tristan Brown (AUS) had climbed eight places to third. From there on the Lithuanians further increased their lead and the only excitement was which of them would win as the two of them match raced down the last reach and up the finishing windward leg in their own mini battle. Approaching the finish Janulionis missed the hiking straps on his last tack, going overboard, not capsizing, but confirming his second place ahead of team Australia who filled the next three places.

The second race of the day started in similar conditions. After another 'practice' start Stelmaszyk won the favoured pin end of the line and led the fleet out to the left hand side of the course and into the first mark in front, just ahead of fellow Polish Tadeusz Kubiak and Belgian William De Smet, Marcin Rudawski (POL) and Juan Cabrera from Spain.

Cabrera was smoking downwind and had jumped to second at the downwind gate behind de Smet as the heavier Stelmaszyk dropped to fourth. By the time he had completed his second downwind he had a good lead over the Belgian who was eventually caught by Kubiak and Stelmaszyk at the finish.

Cabrera said afterwards, "Race 5 was good for me as I recovered a lot on the downwind legs to get my first single figure result so when I was up with the leaders in Race 6 I knew if I did the same again I would have an even better result."

The two Polish will be pleased that they were able to recover from an 8th and 17th but will be less confident in the remaining 4 races if the wind drops below 11 knots!

Provisional Overall Results after 6 races with 1 discard:
1. Jonasz Stelmaszyk POL 7 points
2. Martis Pajarskas LTU 15 points
3. Marcin Rudawski POL 17 points
4. Tadeusz Kubiak POL 28 points
5. Tristan Brown AUS 31 points

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