May 05-May 10 2012
Audi Laser World Championship
A total of 180 sailors have registered for participation in the Standard Men's event from May 4 to 10, 2012. The Radial Women's regatta with 135 participants will follow from May 14th to 20th, 2012.
Two days before the official start of the Standard Men's regatta series the Race Village has already filled up with participants from all over the world. Registration at the race office is in full swing and the measurement team is working to capacity. Sailors from 61 nations are taking part. For 27 of them this World Championship is the last chance to secure a ticket to the Olympic Games in Weymouth. Keerati Bualong from Thailand for example is hoping to qualify his country as well as himself for the Games. Other countries like Poland and Sweden have already secured the Olympic ticket but have not yet decided which sailor will compete in London, so they will be fighting it out on the water for the last points in their national qualification.
At the Radial Women's event 9 sailors from 23 countries still have the chance to qualify for a national ticket to the 2012 Olympics.
Some stars of the Laser scene are already on site like Paul Goodison, Gold medalist of the 2008 Olympics, current World Champion Tom Slingsby and other well-known sailors. Weather conditions for the event are looking good with steady winds from the North East, sunshine and moderate temperatures. A first practice race will be sailed on Thursday, May 3rd, followed by the regular Men's races from May 4th to the 10th, 2012.
Marinepool is a long standing partner of the host club NRV (Norddeutscher Regattaverein), "Official Clothing Partner" of the 2012 Audi Laser World Championship and sponsor of local hero Simon Grotelüschen (GER).