Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) was the star in the five gold fleet races, posting three bullets to move into third place overall. However she could not catch the leaders, with TUNNICLIFFE and RAILEY trading blows as the series progressed.
World #3 TUNNICLIFFE held the slight advantage throughout, although slipped up with scores of 7,4 in races 8 and 9 to allow RAILEY within one point. RAILEY, sailing at her home yacht club where she had won both the 2005 and 2006 Midwinters East, seized her chance, taking a bullet in the final race. But TUNNICLIFFE fought back, coming in behind RAILEY in second place, leaving the pair tied on points in the overall scores. TUNNICLIFFE won the tie thanks to her six bullets to RAILEY's five, a victory which could see her quickly regain the Laser Radial world #1 spot she lost this month to Evi VAN ACKER (BEL), when the ISAF World Sailing Rankings are next released on 7 March.
Gold For GOODISON
In the 88 strong Laser fleet, Brits Nick THOMPSON and GOODISON led after the qualifying series, and from there the world #1 took control. GOODISON took three bullets from the five gold fleet races to score victory by ten points. THOMPSON was less consistent and slipped back to third place overall, as Bernard LUTTMER (CAN) moved up to take second.
Of the American Laser sailors, for whom the Midwinters East was their final qualifying regatta for the US Sailing Team, Andrew CAMPBELL (USA) came in fourth and Brad FUNK (USA) fifth to secure their team slots. The battle for the final place was extremely close, with Kurt TAULBEE's (USA) tenth spot just enough for him to provisionally grab the third place on the team ahead of Clay JOHNSON (USA).
Victory in the 19 strong Laser 4.7 fleet went to Cameron HALL (USA). Daivd ALFONSO (PUR) was second, with Alex ANDERSON (IVB) third.