Please select your home edition
Edition
Noble Marine 2019 - Leaderboard

TITANIC TACTICAL BATTLE FOR LASER CLASS LEAD.

by Ian Grant on 24 Sep 2000
Katrina Butler
England’s Ben Ainslie, Robert Scheidt of Brazil and Australia’s Michael Blackburn are engaged in a titanic battle for the 2000 Olympic Games Laser class Gold Medal on a relatively calm Sydney Harbour.

This trio recognised as the smartest Laser class helmsmen in the World have proved their exceptional talent in the six races of the series decided so far.

Ainslie the Atlanta Silver Medallist and Scheidt the current World Champion and 1996 Gold Medallist are split by four points while Blackburn the World title Silver Medallist holds third place another 12 points behind.

Scheidt has won three races finished second in another but a 12th in race five earlier today temporarily placed his score in damage control.

But like a true champion he has fought back to retain the pressure on the equally talented Ainslie who has clearly demonstrated he will not willingly relent after starting the series with a below par 23rd place then steering his dinghy to a consistent score of 1-1-3-4-4 compared with Schiedt’s 2-23-1-12-1.

These two skippers have had the edge on the Australian Blackburn who despite having spent endless hours in intensive practice on the Olympic course has failed to break through for a heat win in his score of
8-8-2-18-6-5.

RESULTS: PROGRESSIVE POINTS after race 6 (Provisional) One Discard: GBR (13) 1, BRA (17) 2, AUS (29) 3, POR (33) 4, NED (36) 5, AUT (40) 6, NOR (44) 7, POL (51) 8, RSA (53) 9, SWE (55) 10.

Related Articles

Airlie Beach Race Week day 2
Winds arrive and ORMA 60 makes it two from two Despite a forecast for more light winds at the Airlie Beach Race Week Whitsundays Festival of Sailing today, the winds Gods changed tack and gave the 64 boats and crews a run for their money in the Whitsunday Sailing Club's (WSC) annual event.
Posted today at 4:20 pm
Vendée Globe 2020: Meet Arnaud Boissières
Aiming to be the first sailor ever to finish four back-to-back Vendée Globes He is aiming to be the first sailor ever to finish four back-to-back Vendée Globe races. He was inspired to take up sailing by a visit to Les Sables d'Olonne to see the start of the first ever race when he was fighting childhood leukaemia.
Posted today at 10:00 am
Race on! The VX Race PFD has your back
Designed specifically for active sailing and maximum comfort Introducing the Vaikobi VX Race PFD, designed specifically for active sailing and maximum comfort in a sleek minimal profile.
Posted today at 8:00 am
2020 Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Day 1
Corinthian teams rule in day one in Torbole Racing kicks off for the first event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Torbole and, with light Ora wind from the South, the fleet completes three races that bring to the top of the standings the Corinthian crew of Taki 4 by Marco Zammarchi
Posted today at 2:47 am
Airlie Beach Race Week day 2
Light on for breeze again today Sixty four boats are taking part in the 2020 Airlie Beach Race Week Whitsundays Festival of Sailing and faced unusual situation of little to no breeze on a foggy and rainy day in the beautiful Whitsundays yesterday, but there were happy campers in the end
Posted today at 1:13 am
Foil for Life Challenge by Lemer Pax
A major milestone reached with the title sponsorship announcement Since the group of intrepid British and French WASZP sailors announced the Foil for Life Challenge on the 19th July, the team have been working hard organising the logistics, drumming up support, creating safety plans, training and fund-raising.
Posted on 7 Aug
Persico 69F Revolution Cup starts Friday
Which are the ingredients of a (good) revolution? From theory to practice: The Revolution starts on Friday with 16 teams Under 25 on water, table formula, 12 races in three days, arbitrage on water, quadrilateral course and international teams and very young people. This week, on the line, there's a lot.
Posted on 7 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week day 1
Most of the day drifting around the course in fog and drizzling rain A long, long Day 1 on the water for the 64 boats taking part in the WSC Airlie Beach Race Week Whitsundays Festival of Sailing, as winds failed to materialise for most of the day, meaning most spent the day drifting around the course in drizzling rain.
Posted on 7 Aug
Heads, Shoulders, Hands and Feet
It's the little things that make the biggest difference It's the little things that make the biggest difference to how you get on out there on the water. Gloves, boots, headwear, each needs to work for your climate, your sport and your personal preference. We're on hand to help you get it right.
Posted on 7 Aug
Musto opens first US store in Annapolis
Showcasing wider technical sailing and marine lifestyle offering The world's leading premium technical sailing brand, Musto, has today welcomed visitors to its first ever US store in America's sailing capital of Annapolis, Maryland.
Posted on 7 Aug