• A 24 Point Lead For Bouwmeester With One Day To Go

    Day 5 Report – Bouwmeester Leading Women, Krutskikh Leading Men, at Laser Radial Worlds
    FEBRUARY 27, 2020
    Sandringham, VIC, Australia

    Rio Olympic Champion, Marit Bouwmeester (NED), is putting on a sailing masterclass at the ILCA Laser Radial World Championship in Melbourne. She had a hiccup in Race 8 when a massive wind shift caught her out, but a series of five consecutive race wins on previous days has allowed her to open a 24 point gap on Line Flem Host (NOR), her nearest rival.

    The championship has been raced in a variety of conditions, from the very light winds of the first two days through thunderstorms, 25 knots with big waves, and today’s moderate winds on a cold and grey Port Phillip. In all conditions, Bouwmeester has looked quicker and her boat handling has been slicker.

    She has been helped by the fact that other leading contenders have all had at least two high scores. But a net of 21 points from nine races, with another drop to come into play after the first race tomorrow, makes it is easy to see who the dominant radial sailor is right now. But like all champions, she is striving for more.

    “It was really tricky out there today,” she said in the boat park. “It (the day’s result) was OK, but we’ll see tomorrow.”

    Defending champion Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) echoed Bouwmeester’s thoughts on the conditions, saying, “It was a tough day, the shifts were hard to predict, one mistake and you get punished.” Rindom had dropped back in the pack after four double-digit results but a fourth in the final race elevated her back into bronze medal position.

    Line Flem Host of Norway moved into second place at the Laser Radial Worlds with one day to sail.
    Photo Jon West Photography.

    Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark concentrating on the job at hand. Photo Jon West Photography.

    Intra-nation rivalry continues further down the leaderboard, with the most fascinating being among the Americans. After nine races, Erika Reineke and Paige Railey are tied on 110 points. Railey held a nine point advantage coming into the Worlds and will be match-racing tomorrow to maintain her lead and the chance to be selected for her third consecutive Olympics.

    Men’s Radial

    Russian star Daniil Krutskikh maintained his record of top 10 scores today in the men’s division, with 5,2,3. His drop remains a sixth place from yesterday. He said that he had worked hard on being consistent in all conditions and was comfortable with the winds and weather that Melbourne has delivered.

    Daniil Krutskikh of Russia has dominated the men’s Laser Radial World Championship.
    Photo Jon West Photography.

    Three Australians are fighting for the minor medals, with Brody Riley on 35 points, Michael Compton on 39 and Stefan Elliot-Shircore on 43. Today’s winners were Stefan Elliot-Shircore, Nik Pletikos (SLO) and another Australian, Zak Littlewood.

    Provisional Results – Day 5

    Laser Radial Women’s Worlds
    1 Marit BOUWMEESTER (NED) 21
    2 Line FLEM HØST (NOR) 45
    3 Anne-Marie RINDOM (DEN) 55
    4 Magdalena KWASNA (POL) 58
    5 Emma PLASSCHAERT (BEL) 60
    6 Josefin OLSSON (SWE) 60
    7 Maxime JONKER (NED) 60
    8 Annalise MURPHY (IRL) 70
    9 Manami DOI (JPN) 71
    10 Alison YOUNG (GBR) 83

    Laser Radial Men’s Worlds
    1 Daniil KRUTSKIKH (RUS) 13
    2 Michael COMPTON (AUS) 28
    3 Brody RILEY (AUS) 28
    4 Stefan ELLIOTT-SHIRCORE (AUS) 37
    5 Nik PLETIKOS (SLO) 41
    6 Gustavo CORREA NASCIMENTO (BRA) 44
    7 Mario NOVAK (CRO) 56
    8 Luke CASHMORE (NZL) 69
    9 Zac LITTLEWOOD (AUS) 70
    10 Frazer BREW (AUS) 70

    Full results:
    – Women’s World Championship CLICKY

    – Men’s World Championship CLICKY

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