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Racing at Laser Worlds Underway
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL-(23-9-2005) Laser World Championship
Fortaleza, Brazil - The opening parade of 137 sailors from 37 countries was both colourful and moving as all the sailors hoisted their national flag to the sound of the Brazilian National Anthem.
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Light winds affect Laser European Championships
CARTAGENA, SPAIN / SPLIT, CROATIA-(8-8-2005) Laser Standard & Radial European Championships - Team GBR
Cartagena, Spain / Split, Croatia - Day two of the Laser European Championships was affected by light winds. The Laser fleet sailing out of Cartogena, Spain completed one race before retiring due to a dying sea breeze.
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Challenging start for Team GBR at the Laser and Laser Radial European Championships
CARTAGENA, SPAIN / SPLIT, CROATIA-(8-8-2005) Laser Standard & Radial European Championships - Team GBR
Cartagena, Spain / Split, Croatia - August both the Laser and Laser Radial fleets European Championships kicked off.  While Team GBR pulled off several top finishes, British sailors in both fleets struggled to find their footing at the top of the rankings.
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Over 240 competitors for Laser Europeans
CARTAGENA, SPAIN-(4-8-2005) Laser European Championship
Cartagena, Spain - The list of sailors of the European Laser Championship which will be held at the Cartagena bay from August 4th to August 12th, 2005 is ready.
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Over 240 competitors for Laser Europeans
CARTAGENA, SPAIN-(29-7-2005) Laser European Championship
Cartagena, Spain - The list of sailors of the European Laser Championship which will be held at the Cartagena bay from August 4th to August 12th, 2005 is ready.
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Not an easy day for sailors and race committee
WARNEMUENDE, GERMANY-(20-7-2004) Laser European Championship
Warnemuende, Germany - While the Senior fleet saw more consistent wind on the West side of Warnemunde harbour, the Youth fleet suffered with very shifting off shore winds on the other side of the harbour.
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Day one of Laser Europeans starts in veering winds
WARNEMUENDE, GERMANY-(18-7-2004) Laser European Championship
Warnemuende, germany - Today 115 Youth and 101 Senior sailors started the first 2 races of the 2004 Laser European Championships. The weather forecast predicted veering winds with changing windspeeds between 11 and 17 knots from a westerly direction.
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First day finals of Laser Worlds
BODRUM, TURKEY-(17-5-2004) Laser World Championship
Bodrum, Turkey - After a 1 hour delay waiting for two conflicting breezes to sort themselves out the first day of finals in the Harken Laser World Championship provided some excellent racing.&
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Four more countries qualify for the Olympics at Laser Worlds
DODRUM, TURKEY-(17-5-2004) Laser World Championship
Dodrum, Turkey - In perfect sailing conditions two more races were completed to end the qualifying series of the Harken Laser World Championshjp in Turkey.   It was also a day when 4 more countries qualified for the 2004 Olympics as they qualified for the gold fleet - Korea, Malaysia, Ireland and Uruguay.
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Slow start at Laser Worlds
BITEZ, TURKEY-(15-5-2004) Laser World Championship
Bitez, Turkey - 7 hours spent on the water was worth it for both competitors and race committee  in the Harken Laser World Championship. The championship finally got underway with two races completed after a delayed start and one race having to be abandoned and resailed for one of the 2 fleets.
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Goodison makes big comeback in Laser today
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-(13-1-2004) Sail Melbourne International Regatta
Melbourne, Australia - In the 33-strong truly international Laser fleet, many have a point to prove and a number are looking at Olympic selection, which will make for a stoush or two at this Sail Melbourne Olympic & Invited Classes Regatta.
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Shifty winds at day 2 of Laser Masters Worlds
CADIZ, SPAIN-(29-9-2003) Laser Masters World Championship
Cadiz, Spain - The scheduled start of the racing for day 2 was delayed for one hour to allow the forecast sea breeze to build. The wait was worthwhile as racing was started in 6 to 8 knots for the Apprentices and Masters and 8 to 10 knots for the Radials and Grand Masters.
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Local Sailor Pimental Tops Continent's Best
NEWPORT, RI USA-(14-9-2003) Rolex Laser Masters North American Championships
Newport, RI USA - On the third and final day of the Rolex Laser Masters North American Championships, local sailor Andy Pimental (Newport, R.I.) claimed victory over an impressive 132-boat fleet and locked up his Masters Class for ages 45-54 as well.
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Savvy Fleet Shaping Up for Rolex Laser Masters NA Championships
NEWPORT, RI. USA-(5-9-2003) Rolex Laser Masters North American Championships
Newport, RI. USA - A hundred or more Laser-class sailboats will alight on Narragansett Bay next weekend for the Rolex Laser Masters North American Championships. Hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), the event is open to members of the International Lasers Class Association (ILCA) who are age 35 or older and will register entrants up until 0900 on Friday, Sept. 12.
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Fifth place finish for Goodison at Laser Europeans
SPLIT, CROATIA-(3-8-2003) Laser European Championship - GBR Team
Split, Croatia - Team GBR sailor Paul Goodison finished the Laser European Championships in fifth place overall after a week of sailing in a variety of conditions.
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Bad weather predicitions for Laser European Finals
SPLIT, CROATIA-(31-7-2003) Laser European Championship
Split, Croatia - The wind did not look promising when the competitors woke up, but soon the Mistral came with a 10 knots wind during the first start, building up to a nice 15 knots West South Westerly breeze during the second race.
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Croatian sailors lead on home waters
SPLIT, CROATIA-(30-7-2003) Laser European Championship
Split, Croatia - Again a long day on the Adriatic waters outside Split. The Bura from yesterday slowly died out, but kept enough strength to let both Senior and Junior fleets sail in gusty and shifty winds.
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Robert Scheidt, the Rolex Sailor of the Year (2001), is now in Cadiz
CADIZ, SPAIN-(17-6-2003) ISAF World Sailing Championships 2003
The venue at the Bay of Cadiz continues to be populated with some of the best racers in the world, who have come to the waters of southern Europe to test out their equipment and who, through training, can acquaint themselves with the predominant local sea and wind conditions.

Robert Scheidt
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Races postponed till sea breeze comes up
DARWIN, NT, AUSTRALIA-(22-5-2003) Laser Asia Pacific Championships
Darwin, NT, Australia - The 1400 start was postponed as the easterly breeze gave way to the sea breeze. Race 9 was eventually started with only a short delay.
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Kevin Lim from Malay retains the lead in Laser Standard
DARWIN, NT, AUSTRALIA-(21-5-2003) Laser Asia Pacific Championships
Darwin, NT, Australia - The 1400 start was postponed as the easterly breeze gave way to the sea breeze. Race 9 was eventually started with only a short delay.
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2003 Laser Asian Pacific Championship to go ahead in Darwin
DARWIN, NT, AUSTRALIA-(28-4-2003) Laser Asian Pacific Championship
Darwin, NT, Australia - Gary Martin, the Northern Territory Yachting Association President, today confirmed that the Laser Asian Pacific Championship to be conducted from 15 to 23 May 2003 would go ahead as planned.
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Countback Finish To First Australian Olympic Nomination Regatta
LARGS BAY, SA, AUSTRALIA-(6-1-2003) Australian Laser Nationals
Largs Bay, SA, Australia - The regatta was the Australian Laser Championships held at the Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia. Queensland’s Brendan Casey (AIS) and Olympic bronze medallist from Sydney, Michael Blackburn (NSWIS) finished the 12 races on equal points, but Casey was awarded 3rd place on a countback. This meant Casey was the first placed Australian and takes a lead in the race for Olympic Nomination.
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Grundig wins despite late start and `wipe-out` in Storm Bay
LARGS BAY, SA, AUSTRALIA-(4-1-2003) Sailing South Race Week
Largs Bay, SA, Australia - Downwind flyer Grundig proved herself an outstanding all-round racing yacht today when she took the double of line and IRC handicap honours in race three of Sailing South Race Week, a 40 nautical mile race from Hobart to the Isle of Caves in Storm Bay and return.
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Catching up on schedule
LARGS BAY, SA, AUSTRALIA-(1-1-2003) Australian Laser Championships
Largs Bay, SA, Australia - After racing was cancelled on the 31st of December there are 3 races scheduled for today from 11am.
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Brendan Casey Leads 2003 Australian Championships
LARGS BAY, SA, AUSTRALIA-(31-12-2002) Australian Laser Championships
Largs Bay, SA, Australia - Brendan Casey has won his first 2 heats in the 2003 Australian Championships after racing was delayed by 3 hours due to strong winds.
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First heat today
ADELAIDE, LARGS BAY, AUSTRALIA-(30-12-2002) Australian Laser Nationals
Adelaide, Largs Bay, Australia - There is currently a 2 - 7 knot North Westerly with the forecast as of 6am: Northeast winds 5/10 knots turning north to northwest and freshening to 17/22 knots during the afternoon.
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Final report of Laser Senior Worlds
HYANNIS, USA-(19-9-2002) Laser Senior World Championship 2002
28-year-old Robert Scheidt from Brazil strode further into the record books when he won his sixth Laser World title with a race to spare on the final day of the Laser World Championships.&

Laser Photos © 2002 TWJ Thornton twj@teamvanguard.com
Laser Worlds 2002
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Day 6 report of Laser Senior Worlds
HYANNIS, USA-(18-9-2002) Laser Senior World Championship 2002
Hyannis, USA - For once the weather forecast was right when a light offshore gradient wind under a cloudy sky died when the sun came came out on the sixth day of the Laser World Championship. The 7 to 8 knot wind was switching through 30 degrees causing a delay in the start of the first race of the day until it finally settled sufficiently to set a course.
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Day 5 report of Laser Senior Worlds
HYANNIS, USA-(17-9-2002) Laser Senior World Championship 2002
Hyannis, USA - It was tough sailing for the first race of the final series at the Laser World Championship being sailed from Hyannis Yacht Club on Cape Cod, USA.
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Day 4 report of Laser Senior Worlds
HYANNIS, USA-(16-9-2002) Laser Senior World Championship 2002
Hyannis, USA - The last day of the qualifier series at the Laser World Championship belonged to Brazilian Robert Scheidt. The five times world champion won both his heats easily in 18 to 23 knot winds that eased by five knots for the second race. He said “I had a perfect day. In the first race I started in the middle and went five minutes to the left until I could cross the guys on the starboard side. I rounded the top mark in second place behind Mark Howard who I passed on the downwind. After that I just protected my lead.”
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Day 3 report of Laser Senior Worlds
HYANNIS, USA-(15-9-2002) Laser Senior World Championship 2002
Hyannis, USA - Under sunny skies and in a 12 knot wind 2 more races were completed today in the Laser World Championship off Cape Cod, USA.  The fleet is divided in half with each fleet racing two races over a trapezoid course of 6 miles with each race lasting 70 minutes.
 
Sweden’s Karl Suneson had a perfect day winning both races in his group.  Suneson had an easy victory in his first race.  Behind him Brendan Casey from Australia won a three continent battle between Roope Suomalainen (Finland), Gareth Blackenberg (South Africa) and Paul Goodison (Great Britain).  He had to work hard in the second race.  Leading at the first mark he was overtaken on the downwind leg by 4 boats but climbed back to second on the next upwind behind Blackenberg.  Sunneson overtook Blackenberg on the next downwind to hold his lead until the finish.  Casey said “I’m pretty happy with my two races.  It was very close racing with most of the place changes taking place downwind.  Everyone is going fast!”<
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Day 2 report of Laser Senior Worlds
HYANNIS, USA-(14-9-2002) Laser Senior World Championship 2002
Hyannis, USA - A strong 18 - 22 knot westerly gradient wind and 4 to 6 foot seas produced exciting sailing and a tough test for the 131-strong fleet on the second of the Laser World Championship at Hyannis on Cape Cod. Again, racing was in two heats with two races scheduled for the day.
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Day 1 report of Laser Senior Worlds
HYANNIS, USA-(13-9-2002) Laser Senior World Championship 2002
Hyannis, USA - A strong cold front moved through the northeast United States Wednesday bringing cool temperatures and wind up to 50 knots throughout the region. Fortunately, the Laser World Championships hosted by the Hyannis Yacht Club on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, did not begin official racing until Thursday. 131 sailors representing 44 countries were greeted to 20-knot north winds this morning for the first day of competition.
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Passing rain squalls, a race officer`s nightmare
CADIZ, SPAIN-(30-9-203) Laser Masters World Championship
Cadiz, Spain - Racing was brought forward by 1 hour on the third day to try and fit in two races before forecast thunderstorms materialised at the end of the afternoon, caused by a large Atlantic depression passing along the coast of northern Spain.
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Cadiz - A Fantastic Success
CADIZ, SPAIN-(29-9-203) ISAF World Sailing Championships
Cadiz, Spain - Cadiz was a great success!! The ISAF World Championship of Olympic Classes met and exceeded all expectations. The Bay of Cadiz lived up to its reputation and provided excellent sailing conditions, onshore facilities and Andalusian hospitality.
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Racing got underway
CADIZ, SPAIN-(27-9-203) Laser Masters World Championship
Cadiz, Spain - 250 Laser sailors from 29 countries completed 2 races in light winds on the first day of the Laser Masters World Championship. The overall fleet is divided into 4 age groups: Apprentices, ages 35 to 44; Masters, ages 45 to 54; Grand Masters, ages 55 to 64 and Laser Radial, which includes the Great Grand Masters aged 65 years plus.
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