Pavlos Kontides wins Laser Worlds
Published on September 19th, 2017
Split, Croatia (September 19, 2017) – The second electrical storm of the week at the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships passed by today while the fleet were held on shore. Although it was not directly overhead, it was strong enough to destroy the gradient wind. After passing, it left behind a rare, unstable, and light easterly wind.
The islands around Split were reporting various wind directions after the storm and significantly, the forecasted north westerly had not developed by the 14:00, the latest launching time to achieve a start before the final warning signal cut off. At the final start time, there was zero wind, and the championship was called.
After his strong performance yesterday, 27-year-old Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus claims the 2017 title. Winning by 15 clear points in a star-studded fleet, through mixed sailing conditions, is an amazing victory respected by all of his competitors. In 2012, he became the first Olympic sailing medalist from Cyprus and now he has become the first Olympic class World Champion from Cyprus. Olympic Gold in 2020 is well within his sights.
With no races completed, the leaderboard remains unchanged and Australians Tom Burton and Matt Wearn take home silver and bronze, only one point apart.
Racing for the 147 sailors was held September 14-19 in Split, Croatia.