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19 July 2003, 11:46 am
Final Day
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Laser 4.7 World Championship

The forecast for the final day of gradient winds confused by sea breezes fortunately was incorrect. However the regular north west wind only managed to build to 7 knots providing a significantly different conditions to previous days.
Tension was high and a nervous fleet could pushed the first attempted start into a general recall. Already there was drama as the Altes Cinar picked up a yellow flag penalty. The re-start under a blak flag was perfect and the fleet spread evenly across the windward leg. There was drama again for Cinar when he picked up his second yellow flag before rounding the first mark and had to retire.

At the first mark Dario MOTTA from Italy led 14 year old Slovenian Luka MRATOVIC with the overnight leader, Onur DEREBASI (TUR) in third. With Derebasi's nearest rival already out of the race he would have been relieved to see Phillip WHITE (GBR) and Mustafa Cakir TUR back in the twenties. The leaders remained the same until the last downwind when Motta dropped to third. Behind them Cakir was on a charge picking up places all round the course to round the last mark fifth whilst White remained stuck in the twenties. At the finish line Cakir just passed the Brazilian Ruy Guimares NETO to finish fourth.

Leading female Ayda UNVER had another good race to finish 14th sixteen places ahead of Anita di Iasio.

Derebasi's 3rd place was sufficient to give him the overall title without having to sail the final race which in the final hour was not started as the wind dropped to below the 5 knot threshold. Although this denied the chance of a further battle for the runner up places there were wild scenes afloat and ashore as Turkey produced the top three overall and the female champion.

Turkey is now harvesting the fruits of a progressive youth policy, starting with the Optimist, that has produced 4 world champions in the last 3 years in the Laser Radial and Laser 4.7. These are the only world champions in the history of Turkish sailing so it was no surprise to see not only the whole Turkish team in the water as the fleet arrived home but also the President and Vice President of the Turkish Sailing Federation.

Top Ten

Pos Nation Name Scores
1 TUR DEREBASI Onur, Male 17,0
2 TUR CINAR Ates, Male 32,0
3 TUR CAKIR Mustafa, Male 33,0
4 GBR WHITE Philip, Male 35,0
5 POL LANDOWSKI Milosz, Male 48,0
6 TUR KARAGUN Ercan, Male 53,0
7 IRL KINGSTON George, Male 58,0
8 SLO DOMIJAN Luka, Male, U15 66,0
9 CRO MRATOVIC Luka, Male 66,0
10 PER STEWART Alek, Male 68,0
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