British sailor Alison Young GBR took leadership in the last day with a great victory and crowned new 2016 Women’s Laser World champion in Nuevo Valllarta, México.
Alison Young is 2016 Women’s Laser World champion
Under sunny skies on Banderas Bay, Alison Young GBR edged past Paige Railey USA with a win in the final race to claim the World Championship by one point. It was a difficult conclusion for Railey, who was leading the regatta going into the final day. Anne-Marie Rindom DEN moved up to third, followed by Marit Bouwmeester NED, who dropped to fourth after a disappointing first race, and Gintare Scheidt LTU in fifth.
Thanks for the messages, couldn’t have done it without the support of the British Sailing Team. Plenty to work on before Rio…
The Gold fleet had a clean start in the first race (R12) at 13:40h in 8-10 knots of a SSW breeze. Most of the fleet tacked to port early in the first leg, looking for the right shift that has been the afternoon pattern, although it didn’t materialize that first leg.
Gintare Scheidt LTU claimed the first mark and held the lead for the race. The wind built, and race committee extended the length of the second upwind leg on the outside of the trapezoid course. Young and Railey fought it out for a top-five finish, with Young taking it, but Railey still leading in total points.
The wind shifted right for the second race (R13) and built to 12-14 knots, but with patches that dropped below 10 knots. After a general recall, the second start was clean. Young claimed the lead early on and held it to the end. Railey needed a fourth or better to win the championship, but fell two places short. Still, she had a very consistent regatta, and is poised to do well at the Olympics in Rio this summer.
There was great racing in Mexico this week. This event is followed by several other Laser World Championships, all hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club.