The Australian Sailing Team’s Krystal Weir is preparing for her first Laser Radial World Championship since 2007 as the former World Champion continues her return to class at the 2010 Laser Radial World Championship in Largs, Scotland, later this week.
Weir had two years away from the class as she represented Australia in the Yngling class at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and then tried her hand in the RS:X class throughout 2009 and has so far had a strong return to the Laser Radial class.
In her return to the Laser Radial in Holland in May Weir finished fifth in a highly competitive fleet and backed the result up with a sixth place finish in Kiel, Germany in June.
“My preparations have been going well, my coach Mike Fletcher and I have just been fine tuning what we have been working on over the past couple of months,” said Weir. “We are just keeping it simple and ticking all the boxes.”
“I’m happy with how the 2010 season has been going so far,” she said. “I haven’t been back in the class for very long so it was just a matter of finding my feet again which I believe I’ve done.”
“The two recent regattas in Holland and Germany both had a mixture of conditions which helped highlight the areas to move forward with in preparation for London,” said Weir.
Weir is looking forward to racing beginning in Scotland to see how far she’s progressed in the last few months when compared to the top Laser Radial sailors in the world.
“My last Laser Radial World Championship was in 2007 in Portugal so yes it’s been a while,” said Weir. “I’m definitely looking forward to competing at such a high level again and the time off has definitely helped fuel the fire for the next week of racing.”
“The Worlds in Scotland is ideal preparation for London and a great dress rehearsal for getting all the processes in place, my plan is to avoid expectation and to just let the results happen,” she said.
Weir will be joined in the 118 boat fleet by three other Australian’s with Ashley Stoddart, Laura Baldwin and Megan de Lange all making the journey to Scotland with racing taking place from July 9 to 14.
Craig Heydon, Wednesday, 7 July 2010