Light winds affected the second day's racing at the Laser Masters world championship this morning
The second day’s racing at the Laser Masters world championship at Hyannis Yacht Club, Cape Cod, USA took place in heavy rain and light winds this morning. However, the forecast was a slight increase in wind so the 280-boat fleet was sent afloat.
By the time the four fleets finally arrived at the course a light 5-8 knot southerly had filled in. Under a rotation system the Radial fleet were first to start today and started the precedent for general recalls with the current helping to push the fleets over the line.
Second away were the Apprentices (35- 44 years) followed by the Masters (45-54 years). As the Masters were completing their first downwind leg the wind shifted to the right requiring a change of course. At the same time the Grandmasters (55-64 years) had their second attempt at starting their race postponed off with 30 seconds to go.
The wind remained unstable and light which prevented the Grandmasters from holding a race. In the Radial fleet New Zealander Mark Orams remains in the lead with a second place behind Ryan Minth from USA. Former Radial Masters Champion Adam French from Australia closed the gap on leader Alden Shattuck USA with a win to Shattuck’s fourth.
In the Grand Master division of the Radials Lindsey Hewitt USA lost his overnight lead to compatriot James Johnston after Johnstone won today’s race. Dick Tillman maintained a clean sweep of the Great Grandmaster (65 years plus) division today. Yvonne Malstem of Sweden maintained her lead in the women’s section with a third place behind Britihs sailor Debbie Phillips and Sally Sharp of the USA.
The standard rig Aprentices was won by Jyrki Taimnen of Finland giving him the lead overall. He led home Andreas John of Germany from Alan Davis of GB. The top five in this fleet are separated by just five points.
In the Masters Ed Adams USA again proved to be at home in the light winds with a runaway victory for his third straight win of the series. He is, so far, proving to be more consistent than the other Masters opening up a large 15-point margin over Peter Vessela USA and a further seven points ahead of fellow American, Ian Lineberger.
The Grand Master Standard rig fleet did not start their race as the wind turned through 120 degrees and died.