Too shifty

Only one race completed yesterday at the Laser Radial Worlds

Wednesday April 7th 2004, Author: Event Press, Location: Australasia
Day four of the Laser Radial Open and Women's World Championship surpassed Day three in terms of difficulty for both the race committee and competitors. A 15 knot gradient wind was pulled left and right by as much as 30 degrees as a complex succession of rain showers passed directly through the course area throughout the day.

The nightmare for the race committee was whether to chase each shift with course changes or rely on the previous experience when the gradient wind direction always reinstated itself after each squall. Today was one of those days when experience counted for nothing and the conditions beat the race committee with the locals saying the inevitable "we've never seen it like this before"!

Only one race was completed for each of men's fleet and the women's race was abandoned at the half way stage. An attempt to re start the women in lighter winds at the end of the day proved futile as the wind continued to drop and became unstable.

Although the courses for the men's fleet races were not ideal in 15 knots the cream still came to the top with the joint series leaders, Michael Blackburn and Tom Slingsby from Australia, both winning their races. Slingsby led from start to finish. Blackburn said "I started in the middle and stayed in the middle which wasn't great for the first left hand shift but when it came back again I was well placed and was second behind Mark Orams NZL at the first mark. I caught Mark on the downwind leg and was able to pull out a safety margin on the second windward."

Two more races are scheduled for Wednesday.

Open Championship (Top 20, provisional):

R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total
1 AUS 178785 SLINGSBY Tom -2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
2 AUS 178640 BLACKBURN Michael 1 -2 1 1 1 1 1 6
3 CRO 167831 LOLIC Aron 3 3 -4 2 3 3 2 16
4 NZL 175277 BLAKEY Matthew 1 2 2 6 (dnf) 2 5 18
5 AUS 177729 SKULANDER Nick 4 8 3 -10 2 2 4 23
6 NZL 136721 ORAMS Mark 7 3 4 -8 5 3 2 24
7 NZL 178663 MCLAY Blair 5 -7 5 2 7 4 3 26
8 AUS 177793 IRONMONGER Ricky (ocs) 1 2 3 4 4 15 29
9 NZL 161262 GEALE Jason 6 4 9 -21 2 7 3 31
10 NZL 177074 BARTROM Jake 3 5 9 -15 4 9 4 34
11 AUS 178788 CHEW Matthew 8 5 5 5 6 5 -45 34
12 AUS 161244 MORGAN Simon 4 8 7 8 3 6 -34 36
13 AUS 178646 SCHMIDT Andrew 9 4 3 9 -22 6 7 38
14 GBR 174628 EMMETT Jon 5 (ocs) 8 3 6 8 9 39
15 CRO 177575 MIHELIC Daniel 8 7 -10 5 9 5 5 39
16 NZL 175279 WINTER Martin 2 6 -13 6 7 10 10 41
17 NZL 167137 PRENTICE Craig 10 10 7 4 9 -11 6 46
18 AUS 165827 AUSTIN Ben 10 6 6 7 -11 7 11 47
19 AUS 177111 HOWARD Richard 7 9 8 11 -17 11 8 54
20 NZL 171103 POWRIE Thomas -13 12 12 9 5 10 8 56

Womens Championship (Top 20, provisional):

R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 AUS 180195 WEIR Krystal 1 1 1 -3 1 3 7
2 AUS 153136 BRIDGE Christine -8 4 2 1 5 4 16
3 ARG 179356 CARRANZA SAROLI Cecilia 2 5 4 6 7 -10 24.5
4 NZL 178665 MACKY Jane (ocs) 13 6 2 2 2 25
5 SUI 179395 MEYER Corinne 4 3 7 8 3 -13 25
6 NZL 159153 POWRIE Miranda 6 2 3 4 (dsq) 12 27
7 ISR 168365 EDELMAN Nufar 3 8 9 -13 4 5 29
8 NED 166368 JUTJENS Gea 5 14 (dsq) 5 10 1 35
9 AUS 178789 SLINGSBY Alana 9 -10 10 10 7 6 42.5
10 NZL 177775 ALEH Jo -11 9 5 9 9 11 43
11 IRL 173815 HANNA Debbie 7 6 11 7 13 -15 44
12 BRA 163161 BÉJAR Caroline 10 12 -16 12 6 7 47
13 NZL 150092 BASSETT Michelle -12 11 12 11 12 9 55
14 AUS 178787 PATTERSON Lyndall 13 7 8 14 -15 14 56
15 NZL 158892 PRENTICE Robyn 15 18 15 (ocs) 11 8 67
16 AUS 173455 BOYD Samantha -20 16 18 16 14 15 79.5
17 AUS 180194 ENGLAND Samantha 17 -19 13 15 18 17 80
18 AUS 174355 BUCKLEY Cassie 18 15 14 -20 16 19 82
19 MON 174067 PALMER Alexia 14 17 19 17 21 -22 88
20 AUS 150845 ANDREW Meghan 16 -24 17 19 20 20 92

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