Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

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15 April 2016 - Both qualifying fleets completed one of the two scheduled races today, but the second race of the Blue fleet was abandoned as the wind died in the late afternoon. This race will be re-sailed tomorrow.

Light winds delayed the start of the first race until just before 1400h, only an hour after the scheduled time. The breeze increased through the afternoon, and shifted several times, as low clouds approached. But as the clouds passed, they took the wind with them. Race Committee abandoned that race as the wind continued to decrease.

But with one more completed race for both fleets, Erika Reinecke (USA) maintained her lead with a third place finish. Isabella Maegli (GUA) and Lijia Xu (CHN) dropped back, allowing Gintare Scheidt (LTU) to move up into second place, followed by Paige Railey (USA). But it is still early in the event, and there are many more races to be sailed.

Overcast skies, and less than typical winds are expected for the next day or two. After that, the organizers and competitors are looking forward to clear skies, and building thermals, and the racing should be even more exciting!


14 April 2016 - Light winds under hazy skies on Banderas Bay delayed the start of the first day of races, but both qualifying fleets completed two races, as scheduled. The first fleet started cleanly in a southwestern wind of about five knots. The second fleet was delayed by a general recall, and then a postponement as the wind shifted right and the race committee adjusted the marks, but started cleanly under a black flag restriction.

The wind increased through the afternoon, reaching fifteen knots by the end of the day. In general, the winds shifted to the right as they built. The race committee called for a change course for several of the legs during the afternoon. In one race, many sailors found that they had overstood the weather mark on starboard tack and were reaching in, losing distance to those who had stayed closer to the middle of the course.

Competition was tight, but at the end of the first day, Erika Reinecke (USA), Isabella Maegli (GUA), and Lijia Xu (CHN) are leading the fleet, based on provisional results. Two more races are scheduled for both fleets tomorrow, the second of the four qualifying race days.

13 April 2016  The 2016 Laser Radial Women’s World Championship, hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club, is ready to begin. Participants completed equipment inspection and registration in the morning, and some sailors practiced in the afternoon, with others spending the time on equipment preparation or resting up for the upcoming seven days of racing.  
Seventy-three sailors representing 39 countries are here to compete, including many Olympians.  Lijia Xu, from China, earned a Bronze in 2008 and a Gold in 2012. Tania Elias Calles, of Mexico, competed in both Games, finishing top-ten in 2012.  Many others aspire to compete in the upcoming games in 2016. But some are here to learn, knowing that the road to the Olympics is long and hard and requires many years of dedication and practice. It’s all about learning and having fun. One practice race was held in the afternoon in southwest winds of about 6 knots, less than expected, perhaps because the overcast skies reduced the thermals. A left shift on that first beat led to a change course for the second leg, and the RC had some practice, too.  
Secretary of Tourism of Nayarit, Lic. Omar Camarena González welcomed the sailors to Puerto Vallarta during the opening ceremonies in the evening, along with Jeff Martin, President of the International Laser Class Association (ILCA), Luis Barrios, President of the Laser Class Association in Mexico, and Dan Green, Commodore of the host Vallarta Yacht Club.  A Mariachi band led the group to dinner at the yacht club.  But the real racing starts tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

Practice day has begun for the women in the Laser Radial Women’s World Championship 2016 at Vallarta Yacht Club.  73 women from 39 countries will be competing in this event which begins April 12. Of those 73 women, 10 finished in the top 20 at the 2012 Olympic Championship in London. 


Conditions today were typical of beautiful Banderas Bay in April: winds 15-20 knots and just enough waves to make those downwind legs fast. We are expecting the same conditions throughout the event.

The Mexican Sailing Federation and Vallarta Yacht Club welcomes the competitors to beautiful Riviera Nayarit and we hope you all enjoy the venue.  !Buenos suerte a todos!

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