Onur Derebasi leads the Laser 4.7 world championship after two days of racing

The north-east Poyraz wind that had blown continuously for the last 48 hours died very early on Monday morning for the second day’s racing at the Laser 4.7 world championship in Cesme, Turkey. As the sailors arrived on site they were greeted with a flat calm. When it was time to leave the shore the Poyraz had started to build and by the start it was blowing 14 knots.

For the first race for the first fleet the competitors split evenly after the start. Turkish sailors Cakir Mustafa and Ercan Karagun lead the Brasilian Ruy Guimares Neto and the Irish George Kingston down the first reach. The two Turkish sailors led to the finish and were joined by fellow countryman Ates Cinar who climbed from fifth to third as the wind lightened to 9 knots. Overnight leader, Milosz Landowski POL could only manage a 10th place. Milosz who finished third in the world championship last year said: “at 71 kg I’m too heavy for the Laser 4.7 in lighter winds.”

In the second fleet race it the same story for the first two places with Ive Bojan from Croatia and Onur Derebasi from Italy leading from start to finish. The story of the day goes to Philip White from Great Britain. White was third at the mid point stage of the race having had to previously take a 360 turn penalty for hitting a mark. On the final downwind leg he had to take a jury penalty for body movement and then a further 360 penalty for a second mark contact. Sadly he retired before the start of the fourth race feeling unwell.

The first start of the fourth race was recalled as the wind dropped to 7 knots and the fleet pushed the start. 10 minutes later the Poyraz had found new energy and had built to 14 knots which held for restart and remainder of the race. Cinar improved on his previous three third places to led from start to finish ahead of Landowski who once again showed his speed in the stronger wind.

Bojan repeated his third race victory once again leading Derebasi across the finish line.

At the end of the second day Derebasi has taken over the lead from Landowski. Cinar has climbed 2 places to the runner up position just ahead of Bojan who climbs four places to the bronze position.

Results (provisional)

1 TUR 172432 DEREBASI Onur, Male 7,0

2 TUR 157359 CINAR Ates, Male 10,0

3 CRO 171270 IVE Bojan, Male 12,0

4 POL 176745 LANDOWSKI Milosz, Male 14,0

5 TUR 172556 CAKIR Mustafa, Male 15,0

6 ITA 167956 MECOZZI Alfredo, Male 22,0

7 PER 167196 STEWART Alek, Male 24,0

8 TUR 174874 KARAGUN Ercan, Male 26,0

9 CRO 142677 BILIC Tudor, Male 36,0

10 SLO 167974 DOMIJAN Luka, Male, U15 39,0

11 TUR 162683 UNVER Ayda, Female 40,0

12 PER 167197 DE COSSIO Gonzalo, Male 44,0

13 ITA 150434 MONTIS Marco, Male 45,0

14 TUR 162682 DONMEZ Ozgur, Male 45,0

15 TUR 167864 TARIM Batuhan, Male 45,0

16 TUR 167869 SAVAS Halil, Male 47,0

17 GBR 176742 GODWIN Robert, Male 52,0

18 ITA 176527 MOTTA Dario, Male 54,0

19 GBR 172743 BEATTY John, Male 56,0

20 POL 160918 ZYGLOWICZ Maciej, Male 60,0