Slingsby on his way to victory today
 

Slingsby on his way to victory today

Two bullets for Slingsby

There were perfect conditions on the second day of finals racing at the Laser World Championship

Tuesday February 12th 2008, Author: Di Pearson, Location: United Kingdom
World champion, Tom Slingsby, stayed cool under pressure at the Laser World Championship grabbing two wins to snatch the lead back from Julio Alsogaray from Argentina this afternoon.

Alsogaray finished sixth and ninth in the Toro sponsored finals races nine and ten off Terrigal in what in turning into a real pot boiler. Slingsby, on 27 points, leads the Championship by a mere two points.

He commented after racing: “It was a good day. I did things the simple way. I got good starts and had good speed. I hit the shifts right - I couldn’t have asked for any better.”

“The first race was really close,” Slingsby continued, “but in the second I got a good lead after the first mark and kept going. I just tried to hold everyone off.” It was an understatement. Slingsby was awesome in race ten. Rounding the first mark, there was no way anyone would catch him past that point as he extended his lead.

“It was beautiful out there. A nice 15 knot north-easterly in the first race and 18-20 knots in the second. We had big waves, but the shifts were small today – 5-10 degrees,” the 23 year old said.

However the Central Coast resident, did concede: “Julio still hasn’t had a bad race, so I need to get a bigger gap on him tomorrow if I’m going to win. I have to forget about my bad day yesterday and do tomorrow what I did today.”

Tonight, whilst Slingsby is training down and eating in preparation for an early night, he will miss the NSW Sports Star of the Year Awards in which he is a finalist – only rarely are sailors given this honour.

Javier Fernandez (ESP) finished 11th in race ten to hold on to third place overall in the Gold fleet and is 11 points adrift of Slingsby with two race drops in place. Vaslilij Zbogar (SLO) has quietly made his way to the top of the board for fifth overall following credible fourth and eighth places today.

In a see-sawing game for the Kiwis, Michael Bullot is the lead one tonight, in fifth place on 51 points. As countryman David Weaver pointed out: “Yes, we keep changing places between Mike, Andrew (Murdoch) and me; it’s that sort of regatta. Very tricky every day, anything can happen - and does!”

Second places in race nine and ten went to German sailors. Toby Schadewaldt claimed the goods in race nine, Malte Kamrath doing the honours in race ten.

“I started left of the middle and powered off the start to windward of Tom Slingsby; that felt good,” Kamrath said. “I tacked once to the left to go up the beat – it was a long beat, but left was favoured. I was third at the next windward mark, then made my way back to second on the downwind. I was very fast downwind today.

“From there, I just defended my position. It was great conditions; constant wind, sun, no current and waves in one direction only – really good,” he said.

Others enjoyed the day too. Marc de Haas (NED): “It was pretty good – fantastic conditions. It was beautiful sailing; this is the second time this week only that I am smiling!” De Haas, in 15th place, is the best placed Dutchman.

Fourteenth placed Greek sailor Adonis Bougiouris commented: “I capsized in the first race, then in the second race I lost a lot of places – I thought I had weed on my centerboard, but when I looked, it was broken in half. It was a good day anyway, beautiful sailing on big seas – I enjoyed it.”

In the Silver fleet, Maksym Semerkhanov is 20th overall following races nine and ten. The Russian sailor lives and trains primarily in Moscow, on the Moscow water reservoir. “Of course the sailing conditions here are totally different from the ones I encounter at my training, and it takes a while to get used to bigger waves and stronger winds,” he said.

However, he is enjoying racing and his first trip to Australia. “The weather has been unexpectedly rainy during my stay, especially because Australia has the reputation of being ‘the dry continent,” says Semerkhanov who is attempting to qualify Russia for the Beijing Games.

In the Bronze fleet, Thomas Barrows, although disappointed he will not qualify the US Virgin Islands for the Beijing Games, is enjoying the Championship. “It was a good day. Nice conditions; wavy and sunny and a lot of fun,” he said.

“We had some close racing today. The second beat pretty much determined who would win both races. Yeah, I’m enjoying the regatta, but it’s very tiring because of the conditions and cos everyone’s so good,” continued Barrows who is currently 13th overall in his group.

Racing continues tomorrow with the final two races of the Finals Races in all groups.

Results:

Pos Helm Sail Number R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Tot
1 Slingsby Tom  AUS 193007  3 -5 1 1 4 2 14 -18 1 1 27
2 Alsogaray Julio  ARG 193001  1 1 5 -8 7 1 4 4 6 -9 29
3 Hernandez Javier  ESP 193040  6 1 -19 7 2 2 5 -19 5 11 39
4 Zbogar Vasilij  SLO 193133  4 2 6 5 5 -19 13 -16 4 8 47
5 Bullot Michael  NZL 193120  1 -17 10 9 5 6 1 (dsq)  16 3 51
6 Schlonski Alexander  GER 193068  7 4 4 12 6 -25 -41 11 10 10 64
7 Goodison Paul  GBR 193064  8 -33 4 3 3 (dsq)  3 20 3 28 72
8 Thompson Nick  GBR 193062  10 10 -17 1 1 3 -53 28 18 5 76
9 Weaver David  NZL 193119  7 -26 1 4 1 4 20 23 -43 19 79
10 Funk Brad  USA 193131  5 2 3 3 (bfd)  (raf)  7 8 33 18 79
11 Fontes Bruno  BRA 193011  1 11 3 -13 10 13 11 7 24 -46 80
12 Pruvot Felix  FRA 193048  4 8 5 -10 2 8 8 -43 15 30 80
13 Vujasinovic Milan  CRO 193033  2 -48 13 2 9 10 -23 22 9 17 84
14 Murdoch Andrew  NZL 193117  20 -33 3 2 1 1 -28 15 17 26 85
15 Bougiouris Adonis  GRE 193074  2 -45 7 17 3 26 -36 10 14 7 86
16 de Haas Marc  NED 193111  13 21 -29 5 12 3 17 -26 8 12 91
17 Mygren Rasmus  SWE 193141  3 20 9 2 6 -34 -37 25 11 16 92
18 Bernaz Jean-baptiste  FRA 193049  -27 3 11 14 23 7 27 2 -42 13 100
19 Steyaert Jeremie  FRA 193050  21 23 4 6 -25 23 2 1 -35 23 103
20 Le Breton Thomas  FRA 193053  -41 37 2 4 18 7 -46 3 20 14 105
21 Schadewaldt Tobias  GER 193073  17 (dnf)  7 14 15 5 -42 24 2 24 108
22 Foglia Alejandro  URU 193152  -20 10 13 3 11 12 -51 34 21 6 110
23 Leigh Michael  CAN 193024  14 -23 13 15 19 4 19 -32 12 15 111
24 Lima Gustavo  POR 193123  -15 1 9 9 9 1 15 33 -53 36 113
25 Del Solar Matias  CHI 193025  2 3 12 13 4 -19 22 21 -41 37 114
26 Karpak Deniss  EST 193043  19 -48 2 1 16 32 18 6 23 -50 117
27 Radelic Luka  CRO 193031  5 (ocs)  18 6 7 22 -30 14 28 21 121
28 Grotel�schen Simon  GER 193072  6 -26 10 8 3 24 24 -42 27 20 122
29 Campbell Andrew  USA 193153  11 14 17 -23 22 7 6 12 36 -52 125
30 Porozynski Karol  POL 193122  7 14 -18 11 13 4 10 -47 25 42 126

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