Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Slingsby Smoking Hot at ISAF Worlds in Perth

Australia's defending Laser world champion Tom Slingsby continued his domination today with his fourth win on the third day of Laser racing at the 2011 ISAF Worlds in Perth. He didn't fare as well in the day's second race managing only a ninth after the wind swung around from the right to the left hand side however on 10 points overall he is in a very comfortable position.
Tom Slingsby (AUS)  Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
“When it comes back to the (Fremantle) Doctor I think I will rest a bit easier,” Slingsby said about the south-easterly winds. “I know it will come down to the little shifts and nothing crazy on the race course.”
Paul Goodison (GBR)  Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
His closest rival, Great Britain’s Paul Goodison is seven points behind in second place after racking up a sixth and a first while Germany’s Simon Groteluschen has held on to third with 19 points.

“The second race was the best race of my life, just great," Groteluschen said. "No mistakes and a great start. I was leading and just trying to defend my lead, which was pretty good. The other race was quite tricky. I didn’t have a good start but I came back at the first mark for 12th position, so to place sixth was pretty good.”

Fellow Aussie, Ashley Brunning remains a threat after climbing six positions to sit in fourth while Austrian Andreas Geritzer made one of the biggest gains of the day,  jumping 11 places to fifth after clocking up a first and a fourth.
Andreas Geritzer (AUT) Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
“Today I had a good start and went left with good height and speed and was leading early, building on that lead. In the second race it was tricky conditions up and down and I was in the middle at the start with good pressure. Five to eight boats went to the right and got the shift. I was happy to finish in the top five.

“I had excellent boat handling and made good decisions, which was important today. It’s all about the start,” Geritzer said.
Nick Thompson (GBR) Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Both Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) and Sweden’s Johan Wigforss (SWE) slipped back one position to sixth and seventh respectively and scored seconds with a discard. Nick Thompson (GBR) dropped to eighth from fourth and Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic lifted five placings to ninth with a pair of fourths.

Top Kiwi sailor and Olympic hopeful, Andrew Murdoch is pretty happy with his performance so far in the qualifying series.

“(My) first race was good, had a second place and a good battle with Philipp,” he said on his best race of the championship that was won by Germany’s Philipp Buhl.

The fleets are now split into Gold, Silver and Bronze with the first races on Thursday followed by a lay day on Friday. The final races are on Saturday followed by Sunday’s Medal Race.

Lulu Roseman

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