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The last important world championship of the year - Laser Men Worlds

It is just one year after Olympic games and everybody is already working hard to get ready for the next Games. Worlds’s best Laser sailors has gathered in Oman to conclude the year with the most important event, World championship.

Championship was held in light, moderate and even strong winds, which is a bit unusual for Oman, a light wind venue. The event was in the end just about Robert Scheidt, the greatest Laser sailor of all time, 3 times olympic medallist, who has secured his 9th World champion title at the age of 40.

"This feels more special than any of the other Laser Worlds I have won," said Scheidt, who returned to the Lasers after nine years in the Star class to compete at an Olympic Games in his home waters in Rio de Janeiro.

 

"I am at a different stage of my life - being a dad and being away from Laser sailing all these years makes it more special."

 

"I didn't know what to expect when I came back into the Lasers but winning the Worlds after a tough seven days means a lot.

 

"Rio is still a long way off and I shall have to see how my body holds up over the next few years but the next Olympic Games in Rio is definitely how I want to end my career."

There has, of course, been many sailors wearing our sailing gear. What about our team members? Charlie Buckingham concluded in the 25h, Filip Jurišič in 35th and Eliot Merceron in the 52nd place.

 
Mathilde De Kerangat 1st on ISAF rankings!!!

On the 21st October new ISAF fleet racing rankings were published. And Sandiliner Mathilde De Kerangat is the lead!!!
We can't be more happy to tell you this splendid news …


We had difficulties reaching Mathilde in China due to China's restriction policy for a comment about her latest results. Yet she is back home now and was happy to give us a commentary about World Championship (she didn't finish in top 10) and World Cup (3rd place) in China.

 

"About the worlds, the wind was in majority light and quite shifty without much current. I think the results can be mainly explained by the preparation of the girls: I think Tina Mihelič really prepared herself for this event, she was becoming better and better during the season (won the mediterranean games, 5th at europeans…) while other girls, like me, started to to exhausted of such a long season!

I knew that I was going to the worlds just 3 weeks before the event, so I had to prepare myself very quickly. I had a bad beginning of regatta, I was not very good on my starts and it was very important as the fleet level was high. I managed to sail better during the finals and I succeeded to do very good races so I finished 13th. I am satisfied with this result and looking forward the next world championship, because I know I am now close to the best girls.
Then I went to Qingdao for the world cup, this was decided when I was in Rizhao, so I had to forget my tiredness and try to focus for one last week. The conditions were very hard: the wind was light and the current incredibly strong. I had a good week, and finished 3rd, my first podium in a world cup event.
I am happy with the end of my season, today I am ranked 1st at the ISAF world ranking which is nice to see!"

 
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