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25 July 2014, 09:24 am
The Pressure Mounts At Men's Laser Radial Worlds
Cabrera Juan Kevin (ESP) race 6 winner
Cabrera Juan Kevin (ESP) race 6 winner

Laser Radial Men's World Championship

The penultimate day of the championship was another day of lighter wind, four more top ten sailors scored their worst result of the series.
In the first race of the day the regular north easterly wind was the lightest so far at 10 knots with more oscillations and less differences in boat speed making it harder to recover from a bad start or bad first leg. The Lithuanian pair, Martis Pajarskas and Karolis Janulionis, who yesterday scored a first and second in the morning race, clearly chose similar tactics as they scored a 25th and 22nd place respectively. Although Pajarskas scored a 2nd place in the 11 to 12 knot second race his day got worse when he came ashore and he lost a start line protest in the seventh race that changed his 25th to a DSQ which drops him to tenth.

After a straight run of first places in the first 4 races the series leader, Jonasz Stelmaszyk (POL), had a similar bad day. In the first race of the day he scored a reasonable 6th place but his luck ran out in the second race at the start. In a number of races he has excelled at winning the pin end and again he was there as the most left hand boat with several other boats closely overlapped to windward. He ran out of start line and had to luff hard to avoid the pin end start boat and in doing so collided with Pajarskas who was immediately to windward. About the same time he was penalised for breaking rule 42 so had to complete a two turn penalty. When he returned to shore he protested Pajarskas but was disqualified as the jury found that as the right of way boat Stelmaszyk had not given the windward boat room to comply with her obligations with the boats windward of her, as she headed up, as required in rule 16.

Stelmaszyk still holds first place but the gap to second place Marcin Rudawski (POL) is now only one point after Rudawski scored a 4th and 1st

Similar conditions are forecast for the final day. Rudawski's worst result is a sixth but the possible scores are complicated by a second discard coming in to play if 10 races are completed. To be sure of winning Stelmaszyk must score no more than 4 points total in the last two races - a target he has not succeeded doing in any two of the last four light wind races.

Provisional Overall Results after 6 races with 1 discard:
1. Jonasz Stelmaszyk POL 21 points
2. Marcin Rudawski POL 22 points
3. Tadeusz Kubiak POL 37 points
4. William de Smet BEL 39 points
5. Tristan Brown AUS 44 points

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