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Laser Worlds - Kontides set-back

Three races completed at the 2017 Laser Standard Men’s World Championship at Split, Croatia on Saturday.

Pavlos Kontides added another race win to his scoreline, but had to disacard a DNF in the final race to maintain a one point lead over Jean-Baptiste Bernaz (1,2,1) of France.

Aussie Matt Wearn (1,2,2) is in third, tied on nine points with Kiwi Sam Meech (2,2,2). Philippp Buhl (2,3,4) of Germany is now fifth.

Biggest mover was Australian Tom Burton (7,1,1) his two race wins and being able to discard the 18th from his opening day race jump him up to sixth place.

Thomas Saunders (2,4,3) of New Zealand also benifited via the discard and is now seventh.

Nick Thompson (3,1,DNF) is eighth with Elliot Hanson dropping to ninth, and completing the top ten is Sergey Komissarov (5,8,8) of Russia.

Thompson suffered a broken tiller in the third race.

The final day of qualifiers in Split delivered the promised 20-knot southeasterly wind, gusting up to 27 knots and giving great surfing conditions downwind with a tough workout upwind.

On the reaches, boat speed touched 15 knots in the gusts. Downwind, there were many sleigh rides on the steep waves, including some unintended rail riding.

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