Monday, November 18, 2013

The second day of the Laser World Championships, also Oman's National Day, offered sailors a variety of conditions and outcomes. Start time was delayed again today as the committee waited for the wind to settle in the right direction, the fleet hit the water at approximately 1pm. There were ten disqualifications from four false starts during the singular race of the day. Canada's David Wright and current leader Nick Thompson (GBR) were among those casualities, dropping in the standings as a result. The breeze did settle in at a 12 knot easterly, with a building chop, delivering the only race of the day. In the yellow fleet, Rob Davis sailed a respectable 9th moving himself up the overall rankings into the top 30. Coach Steve Mitchell says "Lee Parkhill was disappointed with his 17th, but still keeps him just inside the top 15". In the blue fleet, Tom Ramshaw and Alex Heinzemann struggled after bad starts to get back in touch with the lead group.

Croatian Tonci Stipanovic, and Brazilian legend Robert Scheidt won the races today and hold 1st and 2nd overall after 3 races. Pavlos Kontides (CYP) rounds out the front runners in 3rd. 

Lighter wind is forecast for tomorrow and 3 races are scheduled assuming the wind plays ball.