28 Apr 2016 - Rested and recovered after yesterday’s lay-day, the Masters sailors returned to the water with an on-time start and steady southwest breeze that built to 12 knots during the two scheduled races (Race 7 and Race 8) on Day 4 of racing.
The top three spots in the Apprentice fleet remain stable, with the two leaders – Scott Leith (NZL) and Jon Emmett (GBR) – trading 1-2 finishes. Ian Gregory remains in third, but had to use a double-digit finish today as his discard, and will have trouble catching the two leaders during the next two race days.
Carlos Eduardo Wanderley (BRA) still holds the lead in the Master division, but Richard Blakey (NZL) moved closer with 1-3 finishes today, trailing by only five points. Alessio Marinelli (ITA) remains in third, but is only 4 points out of second. The order could easily change.
Grand Masters is the largest division, with 49 boats. Vanessa Dudley (AUS) remains in the lead, but Jeff Loosemore, also representing Australia, closed the gap to four points. Luis Castro (BRA) moved into third with 1-4 finishes today.
Michael Kinnear (GBR) continued his march up the latter in the Great Grand Master division with a first and a second in today’s races, moving up to second and trailing Robert Lowndes (AUS) by only three points. William Symes (USA) dropped to third, but is only trailing by a point.
Likewise, there is tight racing in the 75+ division. Kerry Waraker (AUS) remains at the top, now leading Peter Seidenberg (USA) by one point. Both have had only top-three finishes throughout the regatta David Hartman (USA) remains in third.
26 Apr 2016 - Two more races completed (Race 5 & 6). Scott Leith (NZL) and Jon Emmett (GBR) continue to lead the Apprentice division with 1-2 finishes in today’s races, but Alejandro Rabago (MEX) dropped back to 6th place with a 12th in the second race. Ian Gregory (GBR) has claimed the number three spot.
Carlos Eduardo Wanderley (BRA) holds the lead in the Master division, discarding a 7th from the first race today, but Richard Blakey (NZL) has edged ahead of Alessio Marinelli (ITA).
In the Grand Master division, Vanessa Dudley moved ahead of Greg Adams and Jeff Loosemore with a win in the first race today, but the three Australians still control the division, followed by Luis Castro (BRA), tied with Terry Scutcher (GBR).
Robert Lowndes (AUS) held his lead of the Great Grand Master division, followed by William Symes (USA), but Michael Kinnear (GBR) moved up to third after winning both of today’s races. Similarly, in the 75+ division, Kerry Waraker (AUS) has tied with Peter Seidenberg (USA) after a pair of wins today, and is currently winning the tie-breaker.
Tomorrow is a layday, with no races scheduled, allowing the sailors to recover and enjoy Vallarta. Racing resumes on Thursday.
25 Apr 2016 - The Laser Masters World Championship for Radials completed two more races today. Race Committee postponed while the afternoon thermals built, but started the first race at about 1330h, 30 minutes after the scheduled start time, in 7 knots of breeze. The wind built over the afternoon, to 13 knots, shifting left and requiring several adjustments to the alignment of the trapezoid course. With four races scored, sailors can now discard one race from their overall total.
Scott Leith (NZL) maintained his lead in the Apprentice division, with a first and second (discarded), followed by Jon Emmett (GBR) and Alejandro Rabago (MEX), as before, although Rabago had to discard a 16 from his U-flag disqualification for starting early in Race 3. Carlos Edwardo Wanderly (BRA) likewise maintained a strong lead in the Masters division, discarding a second, followed by Alessio Marinelli (ITA) and Richard Blakey (NZL).
Australia is currently dominating the 49-boat Grand Master division, with Jeff Loosemore still in the lead, followed by Vanessa Dudley and Greg Adams. But Jean-Yves Fillion (USA) is tied with Adams in points, in fourth place only on a tie-breaker. Kathy Luciano (USA) won Race 4, but double-digit finishes currently keep her out of contention.
William Symes (USA) moved up to lead the 36-boat Great Grand Master division, discarding his third from yesterday, with Robert Lowndes (GBR) dropping back after having to discard a Did Not Compete (DNC) in the first race today. The United States continues to lead the 75+ division, with Peter Seidenberg and David Hartman in first and second, but closely followed by Kerry Waraker of Australia.
One more day of racing is scheduled before the midweek layday, with three more race days scheduled starting Thursday.
24 Apr 2016 - Clear skies and milder breeze inaugurated Day 1 of the Laser Master World Championship – Radial Division. The first race for the Apprentice & Masters division started just after the scheduled 1300h start time in 8-10 knots of a southerly breeze. The other two starts (Grand Masters, followed by Great Grand Masters and 75+) followed soon after.
The wind began to shift right as it built, and race committee set up on a SSW heading for the second race. The first fleet started cleanly, but the second fleet was a bit more aggressive and race committee used a black flag restriction after a general recall, and several sailors were disqualified for crossing the line early.
After Day 1, the pecking order in the 12-boat Apprentice division seems established, with Scott Leith (NZL), Jon Emmett (GBR), and Alejandro Rabago (MEX) finishing 1-2-3 in both races. Carlos Edwardo Wanderley (BRA) won both races in the 28-boat Masters division, but the finishes were mixed after that.
Jeff Loosemore and Greg Adams, both representing Australia, had top-3 finishes in the 49-boat Grand Master division, closely followed by several other sailors. Robert Lowndes (AUS) and William Symes (USA) had top-3 finishes in the Great Grand Master division (36 boats). In the 75 and over fleet (8 boats), Peter Seidenberg and David Hartman, both representing the United States, traded 1-2 finishes, followed by Kerry Waraker (AUS).
But there are five more days of racing on Banderas Bay before this event concludes on Saturday. Lots can and will happen before the next World Champion is decided!