Another small step forwards for Sari Multala

As gold fleet racing gets underway at the Laser Radial World Championship in Largs

Monday July 12th 2010, Author: Lindsey Bell, Location: United Kingdom

Finland’s defending champion stepped further clear of the chasing pack today when she sailed to a well earned fifth place from another difficult race at the Laser Radial World Championships on the Clyde off Largs. Both Women’s and Men’s current title holders lead their championships.

As the women’s fleet entered the Finals phase today there was little in the way of extra cooperation from the fickle and shifty breezes which finally thwarted all attempts to complete the scheduled two races when the easterly expired to nothing.

Multala’s fifth gives her a seven points advantage over the young Dutch sailor Marit Bouwmeester who sailed to an eighth today.

When the fleets set off in the morning in a promising NW’ly breeze which was not showing on most of the forecasts, then perhaps that was a foresight of what was likely to happen. Early sunshine was the bonus, but after an initial rain shower the Men got away best in the westerly breeze which perhaps mustered all of six knots. The women took longer to get their start away as the breeze swung around.

But the dark clouds over Largs town soon took effect, shifting the breeze around in direction, developing holes and areas of light pressure.

On the first downwind for the Women’s gold fleet, the breeze died nearly completely and on the second upwind the extra pressure had started to push in, finally true to the forecast from east, but when it did come in, the course ended slightly skewed.
Indeed on the final beat the wind had finally clocked through the best part of 100 degrees since the start direction.

With three races now planned for Tuesday, the penultimate day, Multala’s sights are set firmly on just repeating the same kind of consistent assured strategies that have served her well so far.

“I think I have become more steady as a sailor, better able to sail in whatever comes along, and I can perform well no matter what the conditions are,” remarked the 32 year old Finnish sailor, who won the World title at a breezy regatta in Japan last year.

As to today's racing Multala said: “It was variable, a bit challenging really. The first upwind was okay, it was still quite steady but then the wind started to die first, then shift to the right slowly. And then in the end it had gone around about 180 degrees. But it was always quite obvious something was happening to the right because there was some really dark clouds but it juts took a while until the wind reached us, we were close to the second top mark by then and so the top sailors were pretty much OK by that stage. I was in the top ten and then I came up a few places on the second upwind because I saw the line of breeze coming across on the right and got there before some other girls.

“Overall for me it is still about getting steady, good result for me in the top flight. Today was a bit strange for sure, but many places get a bit strange on some days. But certainly it is a bit different to how it was when we were training here. Then it was a lot steadier. For me if they do more than two races tomorrow it is really just about focussing on staying solid.

"I think I have become more steady, more regular and can perform well no matter what the conditions are. I hope that comes with the training, and maybe some of it is age and experience.”

China’s Dongshuang Zhang read the big advantage to the left on the first beat, where there was more wind pressure, and won the women’s race with a lead of about 200 metres over Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), the Olympic gold medallist and Paige Railey (USA) in third. Railey holds third overall with France’s Sarah Steyaert in fourth.

Steyaert gave her impressions of the day: "It was shifty. The wind was NW and then it turned to the east but because I was good on the first upwind and downwind then I was OK. I just really had to be aware. Once you were in the top group there you could be OK. I have a disqualification from the jury which I am looking to get reopened but that is not good for me. I had a protest against me which I did not know. So I did not go to the hearing and so hopefully it can be reopened tonight."

Gold Flight Overall After race 6 Inc. 1 discard - top 50

Pos Helm Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot Net
1 Multala Sari FIN 4 3 1 -49 2 5 64 15
2 Bouwmeester Marit NED 2 1 5 -7 6 8 29 22
3 Railey Paige USA 3 1 4 16 -17 3 44 27
4 Steyaert Sarah FRA 23 4 1 3 (DSQ [58.0]) 4 93 35
5 Drozdovskaya Tatiana BLR 1 5 14 3 -32 13 68 36
6 Mihelic Tina CRO 15 8 3 8 -35 6 75 40
7 Tunnicliffe Anna USA 1 2 37 -49 5 2 96 47
8 Van Acker Evi BEL 6 11 -21 14 1 15 68 47
9 Scheidt Gintare LTU 13 19 2 4 -40 11 89 49
10 de Kerangat Mathilde FRA 18 7 15 5 -19 10 74 55
11 Tenkanen Tuula FIN 11 10 -21 1 21 12 76 55
12 Young Alison GBR 6 9 6 17 -27 20 85 58
13 Elias Calles Wolf Tania MEX 4 -10 7 5 5 42 73 63
14 Fenclova Veronika CZE 17 5 3 -22 3 36 86 64
15 Clapcich Francesca ITA 14 24 7 2 -42 18 107 65
16 Brugger Nathalie SUI -39 7 10 19 8 22 105 66
17 Romero Steensma Susana ESP 7 -26 6 13 15 25 92 66
18 Ross Lisa CAN 5 -32 27 2 9 28 103 71
19 Goltz Franziska GER 18 14 -35 9 10 23 109 74
20 Murphy Annalise IRL 8 12 18 -35 7 30 110 75
21 Olsson Josefin SWE 5 8 32 17 -39 14 115 76
22 Lihan Sarah USA 8 3 10 10 -24 46 101 77
23 Brewster Andrea GBR 10 21 26 12 -40 9 118 78
24 Reyes Fatima ESP 12 19 -30 26 2 21 110 80
25 Cebrian Alicia ESP 9 15 11 15 -26 32 108 82
26 Baldwin Laura AUS 9 14 25 -51 4 31 134 83
27 Zhang Dongshuang CHN 28 -37 24 6 25 1 121 84
28 Rindom Anne-Marie DEN 21 9 15 24 -31 17 117 86
29 Winther Sara NZL 23 6 14 -27 16 29 115 88
30 Reyes Lucia ESP 13 11 17 -42 4 44 131 89
31 Schutt Maiken DEN -30 25 25 19 14 7 120 90
32 Lindberg Alberte DEN 7 4 9 34 -49 37 140 91
33 Dennis Claire USA 15 20 26 7 -48 24 140 92
34 Mileviciute Ausra LTU 17 27 19 11 -49 19 142 93
35 Brien Tiffany IRL 25 15 19 9 -54 26 148 94
36 Dobson Charlotte GBR 22 6 2 -32 19 53 134 102
37 Helbig Anke GER -33 25 12 10 13 43 136 103
38 Powrie Miranda NZL 11 16 23 -52 14 40 156 104
39 Yin Elizabeth SIN 10 18 20 -23 1 56 128 105
40 Marie Menaldo FRA 16 29 20 8 -36 34 143 107
41 Weinzieher Anna POL 24 31 16 21 -34 16 142 108
42 Blom Claire NED 12 2 13 29 -38 52 146 108
43 Basevi Rachel NZL 20 22 -51 6 22 39 160 109
44 Makowska Ewa POL -36 33 8 1 20 47 145 109
45 Gunni Sarah DEN 31 21 9 22 -33 27 143 110
46 Edelman Nufar ISR 22 13 17 -46 10 50 158 112
47 Bertold Isabella CAN 29 28 4 -36 22 33 152 116
48 Steiner Paula GER 25 16 -28 16 23 38 146 118
49 Hall Cathrine DEN 34 17 -45 15 7 48 166 121
50 Kaynar Pinar TUR -51 39 12 12 26 35 175 124

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