Laser Radial Worlds

Held between the 17th and 24th of July in Miho Bay, Japan, the Laser Radial Men’s World Championship was won by Simon de Gendt who maintained his lead to win the event. Behind him came Zac West of Australia, despite his retirement from the final race.  Guilherme Perez (BRA) and Erwan Lamoueux (SUI) traded places for the day, with Pereze claiming 3rd and Lamouex finishing 4th overall.  Mark Louis (AUS) held onto fifth place.

In the Women’s championship, Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark scored a decisive victory with consistent sailing in the final two races. She was the regatta leader going into the final day, with a two-point lead over Ecem Guzel (TUR) and a 10-point lead over Tuula Tenkanen (FIN), but the 8- to 10-knot westerly breeze varied throughout the race and across the course.

In the first race, most of the top 10 were in the bottom half of the fleet at the first weather mark.  Most worked their way up through the fleet in the remaining legs, but Rindom did so best, finishing 6th. The others finished in the high teens, or worse.  Completion of this 10th race of the event made a second discard available.

Discarding a 28 from the Qualifying Series, Rindom established a 30-point lead over Teknanen and Charlotte Rose (USA), who moved up into 2nd and 3rd places. A conservative 15th place finish in the final race cemented Rindom’s win, but places shuffled below her. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) moved up to 2nd with a 10th place finish, despite a letter score in the first race, and Alison Young (GBR) claimed 3rd with an 11th in the final race.

For the important 2020 Olympic Games berths, positions within the top 10 countries were shuffled, but none of the four hopeful countries (Guatemala, Thailand, Spain, and Saint Lucia) did well enough to move up and claim a spot for the 2020 Games.

2020 Olympic Qualification (14 countries for 10 places):

1.   Croatia   CRO 164pts
2.   Lithuania LTU 178pts
3.   Argentina    ARG 185pts
4.   Belarus   BLR 211pts
5.   Australia AUS 213pts
6.   Uruguay  URU 225pts
7.   Russia RUS 232pts
8.   Ireland IRL 233pts
9.   New Zealand  NZL 234pts
10. Cypress    CYP  252pts
11. Guatemala  GUA 253pts
12. Thailand THA 257pts
13. Spain   ESP 264pts
14. Saint Lucia   LCA 279pts

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Photos Junichi Hirai /Bulkhead Magazine Japan

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