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Žbogar and Karpak top two in Palamos

38th Christmas race took place in Palamos last week. Regatta was organized for majority of Olympic classes, including the most elite Finn class. Sandiliners Vasilij Žbogar and Deniss Karpak sailed among 25 Finn sailors from all over the Europe. It was actually more or less a match race between these two great sailors, as they were both a lot better than other competitors. After light and medium wind regattas, the gold medal went to Slovenia’s Vasilij Žbogar and silver medal to Estonia’s Deniss Karpak, who was just one point behind Žbogar. Third was Alejandro Muscat from Spain with 20 points margin to Karpak. 

 
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.

 
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