Laser World Championships
Congratulations to the 47 Australian Laser sailors who competed in the four World Laser World Championship events at Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Just over 400 Laser sailors from around the world sailed in the four events.
The Australian team comprised 6 in the Men’s Open and 2 in the Women’s. There were 27 Australian Radial Masters and 12 Standard Masters.
The Puerto Vallarta venue was ideal for these events with usually predictable sea breezes, great facilities and accommodation.
In the Open Men’s all six Australians qualified in the Gold Fleet with Mathew Wearn 4th and Tom Burton 5th in the 112 boat series. In the Women’s Ashley Stoddart was 22nd of the 71 competitors.
In the Masters Australians won 5 of the 9 age categories. Brett Beyer easily won the Standard Masters and Mark Bethwaite likewise the Standard Great Grand Masters while Gavin Dagley won the Standard Grand Masters. In the Radials Vanessa Dudley won the Grand Masters with Jeff Loosemore close behind, Rob Lowndes retained his Great Grand Masters World crown while Kerry Waraker fell just short of beating the true Laser legend Peter Seidenberg from USA in the Legends (over 75). Congratulations all.
You can see the post event Laser World interview with Vanessa Dudley HERE.
ILCA has just announced The 2017 Laser World Men’s and Masters events will be held in Split Croatia.
The Open Men’s will be held between 5-12th September 2017 and the Masters between 14-23rd September 2017. For long term planning the event applications will open on 7th March 2017.