Dane wins Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

Published on November 26th, 2015

Al Mussanah, Oman (November 26, 2015) – The 24-year-old Scandinavian Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) representing Horsens Sejlklub in Jutland, managed to stay cool on a somewhat frustrating day dominated by general recalls, and clinch the Laser Radial Women’s World Championship from Marit Bouwmeester (NED). They both finished the day on equal points, but two first places in the overall rankings was enough to break the tie in Rindom’s favour.

Fresh from victory at Semaine Olympique Francaise La Rochelle in October, and a win at the Laser Europa Cup in Denmark in the summer, Rindom was on top form right from the start at this event. This former Optimist sailor who won the first race, and sailed a generally consistent series had to discard a 19th place from today.

“It is an amazing feeling to be confirmed world champion. I can hardly believe it. Thankfully I was able to discard today’s poor result,” she said as she stepped ashore.

There is little rest for the new world champion though. “I have one week at home then I am off to Rio for training, followed by Miami for the next World Cup so it is full on for me from now on.”

Rindom was enthusiastic about Al Mussanah as a world championship venue: “It is a perfect place for a championship, great launching and plenty of room for everybody and, most importantly, the conditions are great for sailing.”

Light, shifty conditions and fleets eager to start resulted in a succession of general recalls in both Gold and Silver fleets. The Gold fleet managed just one race before the 15:00 time limit and Silver was unable to start at all.

Bouwmeester (NED), 2014 World Champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist was naturally disappointed about losing her title but a fourth place in today’s race was enough to retain silver.

Evi Van Acker (BEL) representing the Royal Belgian Sailing Club, and ranked world number one, also had a less than satisfactory day.

“It was a frustrating day, I think I was on the wrong side on the first upwind and, although I caught up a lot on the first downwind, I then went up the right side of the beat, and the wind came completely from the left so I lost out there too.

“Overall though, it’s been a great week of sailing with a real mix of conditions which is perfect for this sort of regatta.”

As well as Rindom’s success of being crowned world champion, the star of the show in today’s sole race was reigning Olympic champion – Lijia Xu (CHN). This 28-year-old sailor from Shanghai, who has been off the racing scene for two years with back and knee injury, demonstrated her light wind skills by winning the final race.

From a pin-end of the line start, Xu read the shifts well and had a good first beat. She pulled up the fleet from 3rd on the final round and led fellow Chinese sailor and closest rival, Dongshuang Zhang, across the line.

“Today’s conditions were perfect for me because that is what I am most into. I am glad that most of my feeling is still there. One month ago I wouldn’t even have been able to finish one race in strong winds. The best I could manage was a club race in Weymouth with amateur sailors so I am glad to be where I am now,” said Xu.

“The fitness is just a matter of time and with eight months I am quite confident I can compete for a place at the Rio Olympics.”

Racing was held November 20 to 26.

Overall Results (Top 10 of 99; 11 races, 2 discards)
1. Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) 40pts
2. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) 40pts
3. Evi Van Acker (BEL) 44pts
4. Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) 49pts
5. Josefin Olsson (SWE) 53pts
6. Lijia Xu (CHN) 84pts
7. Alison Young (GBR) 101pts
8. Manami Doi (JPN) 104pts
9. Maxime Jonker (NED) 110pts
10. Erika Reineke (USA) 110pts

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