Started below Tom Slingsby, who is winning the regatta, and in my opinion is the fastest Laser sailor alive so far. In the 15 knots of wind, held my own on starboard, the lifted tack, until we got headed close to layline. I tacked first and rounded in 3rd. We had the outer loop. On the reach across, we extended from the fleet a bit and by the jibe mark, all top 5 were within 3 boat lengths of each other. Now somehow, all got pressure except me and they moved away from me down the run. I fought hard but on the third beat, I overheated and fell back to 9th.
You can follow the sailing via the live blog and check on the results at the regatta website: Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
(http://www.perth2011.com/) (FYI: Perth, AUS is 13hrs ahead of EST in the States or UTC+8hr)
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