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24 September 2005, 10:37 am
SCHEIDT Takes Two Bullets On Day 2
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Laser World Championship 2005
Fontaleza, Brazil

Defending champion and national hero, Robert SCHEIDT (BRA), found the accelerator pedal today to be the first sailor in the 2005 Laser World Championship to post two consecutive bullets.
After a delay of 45 minutes waiting for a rain cloud to clear the course area, blue skies returned together with a slightly stronger wind than the previous days. The 15 to 16 knot wind produced some large waves giving the sailors some impressive downwind rides. In these conditions the downwind speedsters excelled and big gains and losses were seen. Before getting to the downwind the starts and first upwind had to be negotiated. SCHEIDT said 'I had a very nice day. I was off the line with clear air in both races and this, I think made a difference. I also felt quite in phase with the shifts which is very important in this racing area. It has made up for a poor first day and has given me strength to fight for the top positions.'

Racing in the second fleet on the inner loop, SCHEIDT rounded the windward mark second to Diego ROMERO (ARG). ROMERO dropped to third on the downwind as both SCHEIDT and Milan VUJASINOVIC (CRO) passed him. From then on SCHEIDT extended his lead to finish comfortably ahead whilst ROMERO re-took VUJASINOVIC on the last reach before the finish.

In the yellow fleet Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) started at the pin and went most of the way to the left left lay line. Only Adonis BOUGIOURIS (GRE) crossed ahead of him to take the led. MURDOCH lost his second place at the end of the first downwind after taking a yellow flag penalty. BOURGIOURIS held his lead until the last reach when he let Brendan CASEY (AUS) through after briefly sailing to the finish mark instead of mark five, 700 metres downwind of the finish line.

In his second race SCHEIDT had the lead at the first mark ahead of Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO). Recalling the race he said 'Vasilij was very fast on the first downwind and it was really close but on the second beat I managed to play the shifts a little bit better and get a little bit of pace to get ahead of him'. ZBOGAR never had SCHEIDT out of his sights but was unable to reel him in was he had got clear.

After an eleventh in the first race Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) led his fellow countryman, Michael BULLOT home to post his second win in the series. His first place in the yellow fleet was the biggest lead seen so far. Series leaders ZBOGAR and ROMERO are now the only sailors who have scored consistent top ten places as others continue to struggle to find consistency. Each day will be fascinating to watch to see if SCHEIDT has once again found his winning way or if others can hold a series together in this highly competitive fleet.

Overall results without discard:

1. Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) 15pts

2. Diego ROMERO (ARG) 17pts

3. Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) 21pts

4. Mate AROPOV (CRO) 21pts

5. Jermie STEYAERT (FRA) 24pts

6. Adonis BOUGIOURIS (GRE) 26pts

7. Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) 27pts

8. Milan VUJASINOVIC (CRO) 27pts

9. Bruno FONTES (BRA) 33pts

10. Brendan CASEY (AUS) 35pts

Jeff Martin (As Amended By ISAF) Image: © MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Image
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