Roger Blasse of Australia has taken a commanding lead on day four at the Singha OK Dinghy World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. Blasse is now in pole position to take his second world title, 15 years after he first won it in 1998.
Race wins went to Andre Budzien (GER) and Mike Williams (AUS), while Blasse extended his lead to nine points from Nick Craig (GBR) and 11 points from Williams.
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Championship leader Roger Blasse finished race 7 in fifth behind Nick Craig, while Blasse's main competition, Aussie Mike Williams, was struggling way back in 50th after his rudder fell off. Winner was Andre Budzien of Germany with the Dane Bo Pettersen second.
Williams returned to the front in race eight leading Budzien into the top mark and sailed away to win his third race of the week. Blasse rounded further back but fought through to the front and it was here while he was fighting hard downwind with Budzien, that the German got his second yellow flag from the jury and had to retire from the race, effectively ending his championship chances.
Blasse couldn't catch Williams but crossed second, while Jorgen Svendsen finished third with Craig again finishing fourth to keep his chances of regaining the World title alive. The final two races will be sailed Friday at the earlier time of 11.00. So far this week the winds at 11.00 have been considerable lighter so the championship is by no means over.
Singha OK Dinghy World Championships, Leading Results (74 entries)
1. AUS 749 Roger Blasse 15.0 pts
2. GBR 2150 Nick Craig 24.0 pts
3. AUS 730 Michael Williams 26.0 pts
4. NZL 517 Paul Rhodes 33.0 pts
5. AUS 735 Mark Jackson 43.0 pts
6. NZL 544 Greg Wilcox 51.0 pts
7. DEN 1409 Stefan Myralf 55.0 pts
8. DEN 1411 Jorgen Svendsen 56.0 pts
9. GBR 2118 Terry Curtis 80.0 pts
10. AUS 754 Brent Williams 82.0 pts
Other Leading GBR:
18 GBR 2151 Jonathan Fish 135.0 pts
4 April 2013 12:49 GMT