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Silver Fleet for Ireland At Women's Laser Radial World Championship

18th April 2016
Ireland's Annalise Murphy is among other competitors trying to squeeze past the Committee Boat vessel at the start of a qualifying race at the Women's Laser Radial World Championship in Mexico Ireland's Annalise Murphy is among other competitors trying to squeeze past the Committee Boat vessel at the start of a qualifying race at the Women's Laser Radial World Championship in Mexico Photo: JLDigitalmedia

Both Annalise Murphy and Aoife Hopkins will complete the 71–boat Women's Laser Radial World Championship in the Silver fleet following the conclusion of the fourth and final day of qualifying races in difficult conditions yesterday. The Irish Olympic class trialists finished 40th and 46th respectively missing the top 35 cut for Gold fleet participation. The final rounds begin today and run over the remaining three days of competition on Banderas Bay, Mexico.

Looking very much like an Olympic regatta dress rehearsal, currently the top 12 places are filled by 12 different countries with some familiar names at the top of the star–studded fleet. First is Marit Bouwmeester (NED), second Paige Railey (USA) and third Alison Young (GBR).  The Olympic Gold Medallist Lijia Xu (CHN) is tenth overall.

Yesterday, the starting sequence for the first race (R7 for Yellow) began at 1400h, but a shift to the right led to a postponement.  After settling in at about 10 knots from WSW, this fleet started cleanly, but a general recall for the Blue Fleet gave time for the wind to shift back to the left. The Race committee adjusted the course and the Blue Fleet started under a black flag restriction in 12-14 knots of building breeze and clearing skies. 

But the wind oscillations in that first hour foretold the challenges to race committee for the afternoon. A general recall for R8-Yellow led to further postponements as the race committee adjusted marks and the line as the wind continued to oscillate, and lessen.  That fleet started, but the race was abandoned on the first beat as the winds became less stable, with variability in strength and direction across the course.  The Blue Fleet never started, and all competitors were sent in for the day.
 
This closes the Qualifying Series.  The scores in all races still count to a sailor’s final score, but now the Gold Fleet will contain the top sailors, based on the Qualifying races.  These sailors will be competing for the Championship. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Paige Railey (USA) still hold the top two places.  Alison Young (GBR) has moved into third place, followed by Erika Reinecke (USA), and Gintare Scheidt (LTU).
 
Top 12 before Gold fleet racing
 
1st 206333 Marit Bouwmeester  NED (17.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 26.0 9.0
2nd 197111 Paige Railey  USA (9.0) 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 7.0 28.0 19.0
3rd 202411 Alison Young  GBR (11.0) 1.0 7.0 6.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 34.0 23.0
4th 184454 Erika Reineke  USA 3.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 7.0 (37.0 BFD) 5.0 60.0 23.0
5th 202750 Gintare Volungeviciute Scheidt  LTU 8.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 6.0 (9.0) 2.0 33.0 24.0
6th 207194 Anne-Marie Rindom  DEN (27.0) 6.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 2.0 8.0 55.0 28.0
7th 199066 Manami Doi  JPN (13.0) 10.0 5.0 11.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 48.0 35.0
8th 204468 Brenda Bowskill  CAN 8.0 (25.0) 9.0 10.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 60.0 35.0
9th 205491 Luca Falasca  ARG 4.0 12.0 2.0 7.0 11.0 1.0 (21.0) 58.0 37.0
10th 177117 Lijia Xu  CHN 1.0 8.0 (19.0) 4.0 7.0 17.0 1.0 57.0 38.0
11th 204452 Dolores Moreira Fraschini  URU 2.0 15.0 10.0 2.0 14.0 3.0 (19.0) 65.0 46.0
12th 202441 Sara Winther

 

Full results here

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