It took five attempts, but Race 8, the first race of the Finals Series, started just before 14:30 under clear skies on Banderas Bay. The first attempt led to a general recall, but the three subsequent attempts faltered when Race Committee postponed during the starting sequence as the wind shifted left, then right, finally settling in from the southwest.
After a clean start for the Gold fleet, the Silver fleet had clean start on the inner loop of the trapezoid course. The wind direction remained mostly steady, and built as the afternoon progressed. Both fleets started cleanly in Race 9 and the sailors were headed to the harbor before 17:00.
The course layout didn’t change during the afternoon’s racing, but oscillations around the average led to gains and losses for the sailors. Several of the top ten competitors ended up using Race 9 as their single discard. When Race 10 is completed, a second discard becomes available.
2016 Laser Worlds in Mexico has new leaders
At the end of the day, Alison Young GBR leads the pack, followed by Marit Bouwmeester NED, Paige Railey USA, Gintare Scheidt LTU and Anne-Marie Rindom DEN. Only ten points separate the top five competitors, and the places will likely shuffle after tomorrow’s races, especially when the second discard becomes available. As of now, Bouwmeester stands to gain to the most from the second discard.
Lijia Xu CHN is also improving and she’s 8th now, one step ahead of Erika Reineke USA, falling to 9th.
Brenda Bowskill CAN (6th), Manami Doi JPN (7th) and Sara Winther NZL (10th) are completing provisional Top 10.
A great day of racing, and hopefully more to come in the remaining two days of the Championship.