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DLR Laser Masters World Championships in Dublin Bay - Day 6

by David G. Kelly 14 Sep 2018 21:33 BST 8-14 September 2018
Ireland's Mark Lyttle on day 6 of the DLR Laser Masters World Championships in Dublin Bay © David Branigan / www.oceansport.ie

With just two races remaining in a testing Laser Masters World Championships sponsored by DLR, light breeze relief after six days of fresh winds could yet up-end many of the overall leads in the various classes competing on Dublin Bay.

Today's racing (Friday 14th September 2018) saw generally light to moderate winds averaging about 12 knots but with plenty of stronger gusts.

At face value, at least half of the 14 divisions have undisputed leaders that appear certain to win world titles after Saturday's 12th race. But following a week of fresher winds, there may yet be an upset to the standings and much hinges on the two final races.

However, there is little to doubt the mastery of seven overall leaders, most of whom are counting consecutive race wins and podium placings.

Saturday's final race will also count as the "Bart's Bash" attempt to be the largest sailing event in 24 hours at multiple locations in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

Host nation hopes of a major result continue to rest on Atlanta '96 Olympian Mark Lyttle competing in the Standard Grand Master event that has the largest turnout of over 60 boats. The National Yacht Club sailor repeated his previous day's performance with a fourth and a third place that keeps him in first overall with a six-point advantage.

Sweden's Tomas Nordqvist delivered a strong challenge to Lyttle's prospects with two wins for the day and in the process, overtook Spain's Carlos Martinez who dropped back to third overall. Fourth placed Arnoud Hummel of The Netherland's is also in the frame for a podium finish just three points off second place.

Amongst the Standerd rig Apprentice Masters, the week-long duel between Spain's Leandro Rosado and Canada's Gord Welsh is also down to the wire with both boats tied on 18-points apiece. The Irish battle for third place saw Howth Yacht Club's David Quinn take over the place with three points separating him from Roger O'Gorman and Pete Smyth.

A drop in form for Bill Symes of the United States with a tenth and 20th in the 37-boat Radial Great Grand Master class might otherwise have done more damage to his prospects but for his main rival, Sweden's Lasse Wastesson who didn't fare much better and the American has a 20-point cushion going into the final day.

Of the divisions almost assured of no change to the leaderboard, the machine-like delivery of race wins even after a week of demanding conditions afloat continues to impress fellow-competitors and race followers alike.

Standard Master class - Brett Beyer of Australia, two more wins means an emphatic 20-point lead. Similarly, Standard Great Grand Master - Germany's Wolfgang Gerz with two more wins for a 15-point lead. A third place then a win for New Zealand's Scott Leith in the Radial Master class leaves him on the cusp of an eleventh world championship title. Two second places for Britain's Stephen Cockerill still won him the day amongst the 58-strong Radial Grand Master class with a 20-point lead.

Britain's Ben Elvin surely has the six-boat Radial Apprentice class won after two more wins today while Peter Seidenberg of the United States repeated his Thursday form with a third place and a race win to maintain his grip on the Radial Legends class.

See full results at 2018masters.laser-worlds.com

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