Star: **This class, gearing up for its Olympic swan song in 2012 (supposedly), was always going to be the most difficult to call. The sailors competing are all good, all experienced, and all have proven themselves on the international level. If there's a disappointment here it's that none are higher than ninth in the regatta. Right now, 2004 Laser Olympian **Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih **lead the way in ninth. **George Szabo and Mark Strube are 15th, Andrew Campbell and Ian Coleman, 18th, Andy Horton and James Lyne, 23rd, Rick Merriman and John von Schwarz, 28th, and Andy MacDonald and Brad Nichol, 30th. There are five more races scheduled for the class before the medal race. The point spread between Mendelblatt/Fatih and Campbell/Coleman is just 29 points, and in this 41-boat fleet, the points can come quickly. Each of the top three teams is currently throwing out a 20-something finish. Prognosis: Expect this to go down to the wire in Perth. The field may narrow, but it won't be over until the last few races in December.