30 Apr 2016 - The 2016 Laser Radial Masters World Championship has concluded, with winners from New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, and the United States of America claiming top spots in the five age-grouped divisions. Masters sailors are all at least 35 years old, and are grouped by decades – Apprentice (35-44), Masters (45-54), Grand Masters (55-64), Great Grand Masters (65-75), and Legends (75+).
Scott Leith (NZL) decisively closed out the Apprentice division, winning both races today. His two discards for the event were both seconds. Jon Emmett (GBR) was in the hunt, but had more seconds than firsts, overall, and had to discard a fifth. Ian Gregory (GBR) finished third. In the Masters division, Carlos Edwardo Weberley (BRA) solidified his lead over Richard Blakey (NZL) by winning the final race. Allessio Marinelli (ITA) held his third with solid finishes today.
In the Grand Master division, Vanessa Dudley (AUS) held onto her lead from yesterday, winning by two points. Jeff Loosemore, also representing Australia, edged ahead of her with a win in the first race, but Dudley came back with a 3rd in the second to win the division by two points. Luis Castro (BRA) held onto third over Terry Scutcher (GBR), although each tried to give it away with double-digit finishes today.
Robert Lowdnes (AUS) clinched the Great Grand Masters division with a second, despite having to discard a 12th in the second race, holding off William Symes (USA) and Michael Kinnear (GBR). The 75+ division had some close racing, with Peter Seidenberg (USA) taking the win from Kerry Waraker (AUS). Seidenberg claimed a pair of bullets, with Waraker finishing second in both races, for a two point lead. David Hartman (USA) finished third in today’s race, and overall.
29 Apr 2016 - An aggressive penultimate race day, with several general recalls, and more than a few Black-Flag Disqualifications (BFD) – over-early, with no opportunity to make up for it. But Race Committee did complete Race 9 and Race 10 under a moderate southwest breeze, with wind reaching into the double-digits (knots), but never really into the teens.
Scott Leith (NZL) solidified his lead in the Apprentice division with a pair of bullets today, followed by Jon Emmett (GBR) with a pair of seconds. Carlos Edwardo Weberley (BRA) also did well in the Masters division with a 5th and a 3rd. His closest competition, Richard Blakey (NZL), won the final race, but needed to discard a 14th.
In the Grand Master division, Vanessa Dudley (AUS) remained in front with 5-3 finishes and a four point lead. Jeff Loosemore, also representing Australia, had to discard a BFD in the first race today, but posted a win in the second race to remain in second by five points. Luis Castro (BRA) holds third place, winning the first race today, but adding a double-digit finish to his score in the second.
Robert Lowdnes (AUS) and William Symes (USA) traded 1-2 finishes today and remain in the lead of the Great Grand Master division, but Michael Kinnear (GBR) dropped back with a pair of double-digit finishes today, neither of which were discarded.
Kerry Waraker (AUS) remains at the top of the 75+ division, but needed to discard a BFD in the first race, and is leading only on the tie-breaker with Peter Seiderberg (USA), who posted a 1-2. David Hartman (USA) finished 3rd in the second race, but had to discard a BFD in the first.
Tomorrow is the final race day of this event, with the champion for each division decided after two more scheduled races. One more day...time will tell!
28 Apr 2016 - Rested and recovered after yesterday’s lay-day, the Masters sailors returned to the water with an on-time start and steady southwest breeze that built to 12 knots during the two scheduled races (Race 7 and Race 8) on Day 4 of racing.
The top three spots in the Apprentice fleet remain stable, with the two leaders – Scott Leith (NZL) and Jon Emmett (GBR) – trading 1-2 finishes. Ian Gregory remains in third, but had to use a double-digit finish today as his discard, and will have trouble catching the two leaders during the next two race days.
Carlos Eduardo Wanderley (BRA) still holds the lead in the Master division, but Richard Blakey (NZL) moved closer with 1-3 finishes today, trailing by only five points. Alessio Marinelli (ITA) remains in third, but is only 4 points out of second. The order could easily change.
Grand Masters is the largest division, with 49 boats. Vanessa Dudley (AUS) remains in the lead, but Jeff Loosemore, also representing Australia, closed the gap to four points. Luis Castro (BRA) moved into third with 1-4 finishes today.
Michael Kinnear (GBR) continued his march up the latter in the Great Grand Master division with a first and a second in today’s races, moving up to second and trailing Robert Lowndes (AUS) by only three points. William Symes (USA) dropped to third, but is only trailing by a point.
Likewise, there is tight racing in the 75+ division. Kerry Waraker (AUS) remains at the top, now leading Peter Seidenberg (USA) by one point. Both have had only top-three finishes throughout the regatta David Hartman (USA) remains in third.
26 Apr 2016 - Two more races completed (Race 5 & 6). Scott Leith (NZL) and Jon Emmett (GBR) continue to lead the Apprentice division with 1-2 finishes in today’s races, but Alejandro Rabago (MEX) dropped back to 6th place with a 12th in the second race. Ian Gregory (GBR) has claimed the number three spot.
Carlos Eduardo Wanderley (BRA) holds the lead in the Master division, discarding a 7th from the first race today, but Richard Blakey (NZL) has edged ahead of Alessio Marinelli (ITA).
In the Grand Master division, Vanessa Dudley moved ahead of Greg Adams and Jeff Loosemore with a win in the first race today, but the three Australians still control the division, followed by Luis Castro (BRA), tied with Terry Scutcher (GBR).
Robert Lowndes (AUS) held his lead of the Great Grand Master division, followed by William Symes (USA), but Michael Kinnear (GBR) moved up to third after winning both of today’s races. Similarly, in the 75+ division, Kerry Waraker (AUS) has tied with Peter Seidenberg (USA) after a pair of wins today, and is currently winning the tie-breaker.
Tomorrow is a layday, with no races scheduled, allowing the sailors to recover and enjoy Vallarta. Racing resumes on Thursday.