Please select your home edition
Pro-Set 728x90

Laser Masters World Championships at Split, Croatia - Day 5

by Katie Olsen 29 Sep 2017 08:26 BST 24-30 September 2017

A fresh overnight Bora wind off the land greeted Laser Master sailors and race committee as they arrived at Mornar Sailing Club in Split, Croatia on the fifth day of racing.

The northerly Bora wind created a dilemma for the Race Committee as it was expected to die and be replaced by a south westerly just after the scheduled 12:00 start time for the Standard rig fleet and 13:00 start time for the Radial Rig Fleet. The fleets were held ashore until 11.30 when the Bora started to die.

By the time the Radial fleet were released 40 minutes later the wind was already turning south. With enough wind for both fleets to get to their starting area hopes were high for a good afternoon breeze. Unfortunately, no one mentioned the plan to the wind which proceeded to die. When it finally came back it took another hour to slowly turn the south west and build to 4 knots. At 15:30 the Race committee were just about ready to abandon racing for the day wind the jumped to 6/7 knots and all fleets were able to complete one race before the Bora returned.

In the Standard fleet, Apprentice division Maciej Grabowski POL grabbed another first place to continue his perfect score which kept him ahead of Adonis Bougiouris GRE and Maxim Semerkhanov RUS. Peter Hurley USA closed the gap to Brett Bayer AUS to just one point with his second win of the series as Beyer could only finish fourth in the Masters Division. Sweden's Tomas Nordqvist split the two leading Canadians by scoring a first. Allan Clark held on to his overall lead in spite of scoring a 10th which becomes his drop race. Nordqvist's result promoted him to 2nd overall whilst Andy Roy scored another 5th that dropped into third overall. Michael Nissen from Germany scored his second win of the week in the Great Grand Masters division to take the overall lead from Mark Bethwaite AUS who finished his race in third behind Alan Keen RSA.

The Radial Fleet continues to promote Women's sailing with a record 31 women taking part across the 4 Radial divisions. In the apprentice Radial division women out-number the men and second place Anastasia Chernova RUS is chasing series leader Jon Emmett GBR who scored another first to continue his run of bullets after a drop race. It was no change at the Masters division where eleven women are sailing. Alessio Marinelli ITA score another first place while Scott Leith NZL keeps hold of second place in spite of finishing 8th, his worst position of the series. The Grand Masters fleet containing 10 women was unlucky as the wind died after only a few boats crossed the finish line. This did not affect he top 6 on the overall leader board as all of the top six finished in single figure positions.

The drama was in the Great Grand Masters that also includes 17 x 75 + years 'Legends' and three women. Bill Symes USA scored his third 1st place in the series and jumped 3 places ahead of overnight leader, Rob Lowndes AUS who finished 6th. In third place overall, Legend Kerry Waraker AUS, with another 2nd, carried on from where he left off yesterday which gives him a 19-point advantage who fished 14 which he currently can discard.

Stronger winds are forecast for Friday.

Provisional Standings after Day 5:

Standard Apprentice
1. Maciej Grabowski POL 5pts
2. Adonis Bougiouris GRE 12pts
3. Maxim Semerkhanov RUS12 pts

Standard Master
1. Brett Beyer AUS 11pts
2. Peter Hurley USA 12pts
3. Emesto Rodriguez USA 19pts

Standard Grand Master
1. Allan Clark CAN 9pts
2. Tomas Nordqvist SWE 13pts
3. Andy Roy CAN 15pts

Standard Great Grand Master
1. Michael Nissen GER 6pts
2. Mark Bethwaite AUS 7pts
3. John Pitman NZL 10pts

Radial Apprentice
1. Jon Emmett GBR 5pts
2. Anastasia Chernova RUS 14pts
3. Noel Bayard FRA 19pts

Radial Master
1. Alessio Marinelli ITA 8pts
2. Scott Leith NZL 16pts
3. Wilmar Groenendijk NED 29pts

Radial Grand Master
1. Martin White AUS 17pts
2. Pierantonio Masotto ITA 26pts
3. Rob Cage GBR 27pts

Radial Great Grand Master & 75+
1. Bill Symes USA 11pts
2. Robert Lowndes AUS 14pts
3. Kerry Waraker AUS 23pts

Women's Radial Apprentice
1. Anastasia Chernova RUS 14pts
2. Georgia Chimona GRE 26pts
3. Paula Marino URU 29pts

Women's Radial Master
1. Giovanna Lenci ITA 47pts
2. Michelle Bain NZL 58pts
3. Monica Wilson USA 67pts

Women's Radial Grand Master
1. Lyndall Patterson AUS 69pts
2. Vanessa Dudley AUS 94pts
3. Anne Loren SWE 198pts

Women's Great Grand Master & 75+
1. Hilary Thomas GBR 222pts
2. Gill Waiting NZL 223pts
3. Deirdre Webster CAN 256pts

Full Results can be found at

Related Articles

Lasers at Bassenthwaite
A better wind than forecast for the 26 boats On Saturday there was a better wind than forecast to greet the fleet of 26 boats including 9 visitors, and with the sun breaking through the clouds from time to time it was a pleasant day. Posted today at 11:04 am
Kieler Woche day 9
Buhl wins his fifth Kieler Woche title by a single point Kiel's own top talent, Laser sailor Philipp Buhl won gold at the Sailing World Cup in Marseille two weeks ago by less than a metre. Today Buhl beat his British rival by a single point after a nailbiting race to the finish.... Posted on 24 Jun
Kieler Woche day 8
Greece moves into 470 women's lead There has been some shifting around of the 470 Women's leaderboard, with Maria Bozi and Rafailina Klonaridou of Greece now moving to the top, with Poland and Spain in hot pursuit.... Posted on 23 Jun
Kieler Woche day 7
Brits launch into the lead on a shifty Nacra 17 course Niklas Dehne came back ashore with mast and boat separated. At the start for the second race of the Silver Fleet of the Laser Radial Worlds, his outhaul broke. "It was too much wind for my material", he commented. Posted on 23 Jun
Kieler Woche day 6
Sunshine one moment, rain the next, no wind, too much wind... Sunshine one moment, rain the next, no wind, too much wind. It was a wild whacky day at Kieler Woche which suited some more than others.... Posted on 21 Jun
Kieler Woche day 5
Three Bullets shoot Aussies into an early Nacra lead With Kieler Woche the last big event for the Olympic classes before the World Championships in Denmark six weeks from now, international stars are out in force to test themselves on Kiel Bay. Posted on 21 Jun
West Lancashire Yacht Club Regatta
"Why don't you sail here every week?" We all arrived at the beach at Ainsdale on Sea to be greeted with an overcast sky a southerly Breeze quite a bit of Chop and a fairly steady force 2 – 3 winds. Posted on 20 Jun
Lasers at Hollingworth Lake
180 degree wind shift for the Northern Travellers A steady force two greeted the fleet of ten Lasers to HLSC, despite the poor forecast. However, whilst the OD has his back turned giving the briefing the wind died to nothing. Posted on 14 Jun
Laserfest Tri-Series at Herne Bay
What is Laserfest I hear you ask? Firstly, what is Laserfest I hear you ask? It was conceived as a club level regatta for club sailors and friends at Whitstable Yacht Club and first run in July last year. Posted on 14 Jun
Lasers at Lancing
34 helms for South East and South Coast Grand Prix Thirty-four Lasers from London, Kent, Hampshire, East and West Sussex, took to the water at Lancing on a beautiful June day with medium/light winds and the possibility of a sea breeze. Posted on 11 Jun