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Al Bush wins Uganda Laser Open 2012
By Vision Reporter
WITH another show of superior sailing, Al Bush of Dhow sailing club won the Uganda Laser Open 2012 edition 8 points ahead of runner up Reint Bakema of Victoria Nyanza Sailing Club.
In excellent sailing conditions with winds between 8 and 18 knots, Al scored 5 first places, 3 second and 1 On the Course Side, to end up with 9 points in total (2 discards).
Gordon Bell managed to squeeze in 2 firsts in lighter conditions but still had to concede 6 points to Reint Bakema, who consistently scored 4 twos, 4 threes, and one 9th place, giving him a total of 17 points.
Last year’s winner Tom Vanneste came 4th after a few unfortunate mishaps, including an On the Course Side and a late arrival at the startline.
Annabel Bowerman recaptured her 1st Lady’s position with a victory in the Ladies open catergory, dethroning last year’s winner Maaike Joenje.
The Uganda Laser Open welcomed a record number of 13 visitors from Tanzania and Kenya which boosted the local fleet up to 30 participants.
Combined with relatively strong winds, this lead to crowded situations at the WW mark, and regular capsizes. In one incident Dennis White had to be taken off the water with a deep head cut.
For the rest the Uganda Laser Open was sailed in a most sports(wo)manship manner, and was spiced up by an excellent curry at the closing night provided by the Betts family.