She comes all the way from Australia, helmed the Aussie Yngling at the Olympic Games of 2008 in Qingdao and is back in her Laser Radial. Krystal Weir finished seventh in yesterday’s race. “I just came back into it”, she says. “A seventh place is nothing special, but I am learning how to get off the line again. We have a couple of days here and then we continue with the Delta Lloyd Regatta.”She used to sail the Laser Radial before she replaced Yngling skipper Nicky Bethwaite, who broke her arms just before the Games. Weir and her crew finished tenth in China, where-after she jumped into the RS:X for a year. “It was a new challenge, as I didn’t windsurf before”, explains the World Champion Laser Radial of 2004.
However, she decided time was too short to make it to the next Olympics in the RS:X: “London is pretty close and I want to go. I am better in the Laser, so I swapped.” And so did her golden Tornado coach Michael Fletcher after the multihull was dropped from the Olympic program for 2012. His successful co-operation with multiple Tornado World Champions and silver medalists of Qingdao, Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby, came to an end, so 76-year old Fletcher started a new career in the Laser Radial. No time for retirement!