Congratulations to 19-year-old Lija Xu of China on winning the Women's Laser Radial World Championship which was sailed out of the California Yacht Club this week.
Xu, a former two time Optimist World Champion, says she learned English by watching American TV series like Prison Break and Desperate Housewives. I guess it proves that those shows have at least one redeeming feature.
The judges on the water were strictly enforcing Rule 42 Propulsion and as a result one of the women competitors, Paige Railey of the USA, was disqualified and scored last in the fleet for committing three illegal propulsion violations. Top USA sailor was Anna Tunnicliffe who finished fourth overall.
Xu has only been sailing the Laser Radial for 8 months. Which almost makes true #7 on my list of amazing untrue facts about Lasers in yesterday's Wikiality post.