Slingsby on track for fifth world crown
Australia’s Tom Slingsby is on track for his fifth world Laser crown in six years after opening up a commanding lead in northern Germany.
AUSTRALIA’S Tom Slingsby is on track for his fifth world Laser crown in six years after opening up a commanding lead in northern Germany.
The 27-year-old New South Welshman holds an eight-point advantage over Swede Rasmus Myrgren at the championship halfway point off Boltenhagen.
Light, shifting winds once again frustrated racers during Sunday’s heats.
But Slingsby, the world No.1, had enough in his locker to win the day’s first race.
He was fouled by another boat in the second race and finished eighth.
“Today was another good day of racing for me and once again we had five to six knots of breeze and it was very shifty,” Slingsby said.
“This is all still qualifying so once we hit finals it will make it very tough to be consistent.”
The pressure cranks up on Tuesday as the 168 competitors split into gold, silver and bronze fleets, pitting the best racers against each other.
Aussie Tom Burton started Sunday’s racing third overall but slipped to 11th after two mid-fleet finishes.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Nathan Outteridge can enter the record books as the 49er skiff world championships get underway in Croatia on Monday night (AEST).
Outteridge is aiming to become the first sailor to win four world championships in the class.
He and crewmate Iain Jensen have only competed in one 49er event since December, finishing second at the French World Cup last month. - AAP