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Saturday, September 18, 2010   (Image © Paul Wyeth/ RYA)
 Laser  Masters World Championship 2010  Hayling Island GBR  Day 5  Epic battles shaping up
In yesterday’s light and tricky winds, keeping the head out of the boat, staying clean at the start and avoiding flags for illegal kinetics was key for the 350 competitors at the 2010 Laser Masters World Championships off Hayling Island GBR. The final two days will decide some tight contests. With another pair of bullets, Scott Leith NZL extended his lead in the Radial Apprentice to six points over Jean/Claude Leydet FRA. Stephen Cockerill GBR still heads the Radial Masters with a skinny two-point cushion over Joao Ramos BRA who made some noise with a 1/2 day. A distant third is Hamish Atkinson NZL. Much to cheer for Team USA in the Radial Grand Masters, where Bruce Martinson and Alden Shattuck leapfrogged previous leader Lyndall Patterson AUS, who had a bullet in Race 5 but a “feather duster” afterwards. She’s now tied with Kevin Pearson at 19 points. In the Radial Great Grand Masters, it looks as if Keith Wilkins GBR is moving towards the championship like a freight train, counting only top-three finishes. Twelve points adrift now is Peter Seidenberg USA who might be pondering defensive measures as Johan Stam NED closed the points gap to within one after taking a bullet in Race 6.
The hottest fleet is the Standard Masters, where the split into Gold and Silver fleets occurred. Arnoud Hummel NED, frontrunner since Day 1 is wobbling, but he has yet to fall. After a 3/10 day he’s still ahead, but barely. Defending champ Scott Ferguson USA who carded a 1/3 yesterday, is within one point and John Bertrand USA got his first bullet to move into podium territory as third. In the Standard GM, Wolfgang Gerz GER who learned light and shifty on his home waters of Lake Ammersee near Munich, finally solved former class leader Peter Vesella USA. While Gerz posted a cool 1/3, Vesella crumbled with a BFD and a 16th to drop to second overall, 13 points behind the former Finn Gold Cup winner. A new leader also emerged in the Standard Apprentice with Brett Beyer AUS, who wrested the top spot from Adonis Bougiouris GRE. But with both tied, the last tow days promise heated battles. Saturday’s forecast is light again, but Sundays final will be turbulent and windy. Stay tuned. The report and all results.

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