Monday, February 11, 2008

Laser Worlds - Argentina reclaims lead

A beautiful summer day in Terrigal on the first day of the 2008 Laser World's Finals Races sponsored by Ross Fehlberg Austorient; sunny skies and a pleasant 10-15 knot north easterly breeze - ideal sailing conditions - for some.

In the 54 boat Gold fleet, World champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) lost his Championship lead to Julio Alsogaray from Argentina. Alsogaray continues to sail smartly and has moved back into the lead he had until yesterday.

"It was shifty and I went the wrong way every time; I had a really bad day," an understandably unhappy Slingsby said after his worst results so far - a 14th and an 18th to move down into second place, seven points behind Alsogaray who is on 23 points following fourth places in Race 7 and 8.

"It was good racing. I had a good performance with fast speed. There were lots of shifts and I picked them," the Argentinean said, revealing: "Music from Argentina inspires me."
Not one of the hot favourites going in to the Championship, Alsogaray says: "I expected to do well. I am very confident with my speed. I will do everything in my power I can to win the World's - that is why I came to Australia." Full report here