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18 July 2003, 02:33 pm
Penultimate Day
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Laser 4.7 World Championship

After a short postponement waiting for the wind to fill in, the first race of the final series got under way in an 8 to 10 knot wind.
The fleet split evenly up the first beat. At the first mark the South African, Justin Onvlee came in from the middle left to round ahead of Phillip White GBR. White said "I was below the lay line but god gave me a little lift so I could just squeeze round ahead of a group of boats." Series leader, Onur Derebasi TUR, rounded in the top ten whilst the remainder of his nearest rivals rounded ten or more places further back. Onvlee held his lead to the finish in spite of a strong challenge by White on the final leg. None of the chasing pack were able to significantly improve their positions.

15 year old White was charged up for the second race in a building breeze of 12 to 14 knots. "I spotted a change in the wind phase and went right whilst most of the other top guys went left" he said. At the first mark he had a clear lead over the Irish sailor, George Kingston. White extended his lead on every leg of the course to win by over a minute from Kingston. Ates Cinar TUR and Derebasi, the two main title contenders, were a lot more comfortable in the fresher wind and kept their grip on the overall title with a third and fourth respectively.

Apart from White, Kingston and Luka Mratovic CRO all the other top ten sailors have now used their one discard allowed in the final series. White's impressive results today could put pressure on the two leading Turkish sailors. Any of the top three can still take the overall title.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
Jeff Martin
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