Goodison down the pan
Wednesday July 17th 2002, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: none selectedDay two of the Laser European Championships in Vallensbaek, Denmark, dawned another calm day and at one point it looked to be a repeat performance of the no wind scenario from the day before.
Fortunately for the sailors, a very gentle breeze came in of about 5 knots of wind speed enabling racing to get underway. With over 130 boats the fleet has been split into groups, each of the groups completed two races today in very fickle conditions.
With two race wins out of two races, Swedish sailor Fredrik Lassenius was on good form and leads the championships at this early stage. Maciej Grabowski of Poland is five points behind in second place, with a one-point margin over third placed Karl Suneson of Sweden.
With the tricky conditions it was very easy for the competitors to score results deep in their groups as there were holes in the pressure and severe shifts.
After the two races on day one, Ed Wright is leading the British charge, after scoring a 22nd and a third place, he is currently in eighteenth place overall. Fellow team GBR sailor Dan Holman is currently in 37th position, he sailed a good first race, which was then followed up with a 42nd.
World ranked number one and team GBR sailor Paul Goodison had a tricky first race, scoring a 44th, he came back in the second to score a ninth, but is currently lying in 46th place overall.
The race committee is hoping for more breeze for day three of the Laser Europeans, which should hopefully even out the racing. The championship continues through until Saturday.
1, Fredrik Lassenius, SWE (1,1) 2 pts
2, Maciej Grabowski, POL (3,4) 7 pts
3, Karl Suneson, SWE (6,2) 8 pts
18, Ed Wright (22,3) 25 pts
37, Dan Holman (3,42) 45 pts
38, Mark Powell (18,28) 46 pts
46, Paul Goodison (44,9) 53 pts
50, James Green (55,1) 56 pts
51, Mark Howard (20,36) 56 pts
81, Peter Walker (41,38) 79 pts