I could not attend this event so I'm evaluating the competition and playing armchair quarterback. Here are the people who have a good chance of winning in the 99-boat full-rig fleet (after day 1, in no particular order).
- Peter Shope in 1st, has the speed and is smart, but only if he does not OCS.
- John MacCausland in 2nd, has just won the Star Worlds. Smart and very consistent.
- Andy Pimental in 7th, has home-field advantage and does well in good fleets.
- Andy Roy in 10th , will move up if the winds increase.
- Marc Jacobi in 30th, had a rough first day but could still win.
- Wolfgang Gerz (GER) in 39th, is the current GM world champion... what the what?
- Mark Bear in 63rd, has won this event before and sails locally. He must be holding back!
- Derek Stow in 90th, dude - switch to a radial and you'll move up 50+ places!
Update from Pam: Final Results Four of Doug's predicted winners were indeed in the top 5. Doug was rather proud of himself for predicting the guy in 30th place at the end of the first day could win the event (see his report here). Peter Vessella wasn't in Doug's top five but he was very pleased to see Peter prove him wrong. John MacCausland slipped to 12th ... this is after he just won the Star Worlds, so it can't sting too badly and it certainly shows how stiff the competition is in the Laser Masters.