Laser Nationals Adelaide Sailing Club

Jack Littlechild on his was to an emphatic win in the 4.7's Photo Epson Ad Studios

Jack Littlechild on his was to an emphatic win in the 4.7′s
Photo Epson Ad Studios

Well done to everyone of the 210 competitors in the 2017 Laser Australian Championship held at Adelaide Sailing Club over Christmas – New Year.

The winds were uncharacteristically light in the first three days but improved after the New Year’s Day break.

The Standards and 4.7 saw emphatic wins by Matthew Wearn RPYC/FSC and Jack Littlechild WSC/BSC/RSYS respectively. Both sailors had their events wrapped up before the last day. This was far from the case in the Radials where the top five positions were all up for grabs in the final race. With highly variable conditions on the final day only one race was completed so the tension on the course was at high levels. You can see how the race unfolded by looking at the Tractrac tracker here.

The ultimate Radial winner was Rhett Gowans Mornington YC while the Women’s winner was Rio Olympic Representative Ashley Stoddart RQYS who was 5th overall.

55 of 210 competitors were Masters sailors including two current World Masters Champions. Add did well in the testing conditions.

Congratulations to Adelaide Sailing Club and their great team of volunteers as well as PRO Ross Wilson and his team for the professional way in which the series was run.

The event web site is here and full results are here.

The 2018 Laser Nationals will be at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Brisbane over Christmas New Year and the separate National Masters will be at Mooloolaba Qld in February 2018.

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