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American legend Peter Seidenberg clinches ninth championship win in 2013 Laser Masters World Championship, Oman - laser radial apprentice winner.
The 2013 Laser Masters World Championships in Oman produced a brand new set of champions today bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful regattas in recent history.

Peter Seidenberg, the 76 year old American who has been attending Laser Master Championships since they were launched in 1980 put a significant ghost to rest when he beat his old rival Keith Wilkins of Britain for the first time ever to take the coveted 2013 Radial Great Grand Masters title.

As the sun set on a sixth day of light airs racing, Seidenberg sealed his win by coming second in Race 10 but decided to carry on because conditions at Mussanah were so good with late afternoon winds reaching around 10 knots.

“This is my ninth championship win but it is particularly sweet because I have never been able to beat Keith Wilkins,” he said.

“We sailed against each other in the Grand Masters division and he always beat me. Then I won a few championships when I moved up to the Great Grand Masters but when he joined too, the game was over for me so today I was able to take revenge,” said Seidenberg who completed a special fitness programme to get into shape for Masters.”

“I knew I had to stay within nine boats of him but I managed to finish second which was well ahead then decided to stay out because the conditions were good and I came here to sail so why go in.”

Seidenberg received his award from His Excellency Rashad Al Hinai, Oman’s Undersecretary Ministry of Sports Affairs, joined by Tracey Usher, President of the International Laser Class Assosiation and Issal Al Ismaili, championship director and head of the events committee at a special prize-giving at Mussanah Sports City attended by around 300 guests including all 183 competitors.

Photo : Munther Al Zadjali
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