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24 July 2002, 09:25 am
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Laser Radial World Championship
Buffalo

Boosted by his success in winning the Laser Radial Youth World Championship last week, the young Croatian, Tonko Kuzmanic, carried on where he left off winning both his qualifying races on the first day of the senior event.

His results were equalled by his older countryman, Karlo Krpeljevic giving the two of them the joint lead in this nineteen nation fleet from 5 continents.

A forecast wind of 25 knots failed to materialise, instead the 100 competitor fleet raced in a challenging 9 knot wind that shifted during the first race 20 degrees to the left and then unusally backed 25 degrees in the second race. The back caught some of the sailors, including local experts, working the right hand side of the course, off guard.

In the women's fleet defending champion, Katarzyna Szotynski from Poland shares the lead with Lindsay Buchan from the USA after some close racing with Miranda Powrie NZL and Ciara Peelo IRL who share 3rd overall, 2 points behind the leaders. Ciara said: "I took 3 places on the short last windward leg to get second but my start in the second race was fairly atrocious. The left shift in the second race went pretty nice for me and got me out of trouble".

The Open fleet are split into two groups for the first 3 days of qualifiers before dividing into to finals races of gold and silver. The qualifier races count equal points with the final series. The womens fleet sail as a single group.

Overall Results (after 2 races):

Open
1, Karlo Krpeljevic, 1, 1, 2 pts
1, Tonko Kuzmanic, 1, 1, 2 pts
3, Ross McDonald, 5, 3, 8 pts
4, Giacomo Bottoli, 4, 4, 8 pts
5, Chris Ashley, 3, 7, 10 pts
6, Emery Wager, 10, 4, 14 pts
7, Tiago Rodrigues, 4, 10, 14 pts
8, David Wright, 9, 5, 14 pts
9, Martin Jenkins, 5, 9, 14 pts
10, Alexandros Logothetis, 7, 8, 15 pts

Women
1, Katarzyna Szotynski, 4, 1, 5 pts
2, Lindsay Buchan, 1, 4, 5 pts
3, Miranda Powrie, 5, 2, 7 pts
4, Ciara Peelo, 2, 5, 7 pts
5, Katelyn Thompson, 3, 9, 12 pts
6, Angela Scheibner, 6, 7, 13 pts
7, Nicky Souter, 9, 6, 15 pts
8, Alison Casey-Hall, 14, 3, 17 pts
9, Olivia Simpson, 7, 11, 18 pts
10, Abigail Devlin, 8, 13, 21 pts

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