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Australian Laser Championship 2011 Day 5

Australian Laser Championship 2011. It was a dark and stormy day at Georges River for the penultimate day of the Australian Laser Championship. Two major systems passed through the course disturbing the wind direction and causing a lot of effort on behalf of the race committee to re-lay the course to each major shift. Two races were successfully completed and everyone was happy to be home and dry after a long, cold, wet day on the water. Tom Burton’s lead in the Laser Standard fleet was reduced by Christoph Bottoni (SUI) winning both races. Austria’s, Andreas Geritzer sits in third place ahead of Rutger Schaardenburg from the Netherlands. The second placed Australian is Ash Brunning in fifth with five points over sixth placed Ryan Palk. Krystal Weir...

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2011 Australian Laser Championship Day 4 – Krystal Weir leads

Australian Laser Championship Day 4. The Laser fleet had a blast on the first day of the New Year with the first race was started in 16 knots and finished in 25 knots. By the time the second race should have started the race committee were recording winds up to 30 knots and so the decision was made to abandon racing and send the sailors home. Masters sailor, Chris Meech from Gosford Sailing Club, 'came a cropper at the gybe mark!' he explained, 'Martin Wilson was behind me and the wind must have bounced off his sail onto mine because my boat went crazy out of control and capsized before I knew it! The mast smashed the water with such force it broke and ripped my...

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2011 Australian Laser Championship Day Three, WA Leads Two Titles

The last day of 2010 on Botany Bay was picture perfect with clear blue skies, 28 degrees and a mid strength sea breeze. At the mid way point in the Championship, sailors from Western Australia lead in both the Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial class. The first U21 in the Laser Standard is also from WA with Mark Whittington in eight overall. The Laser 4.7 fleet has a record 45 entries this year. The class is growing in strength all around the Country. Many have been sold by the simple steps of progressing from junior to Olympic sailing with the boats’ three different sized rigs creating minimal cost in upgrading. The Laser is also gaining more families into the class as it caters for everyone from...

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Australian Laser Championship day two

Australian Laser Championship day two and the weather on Botany Bay didn’t turn out to be as expected. The 15-20 knots NE battled with the gradient wind all day creating variable conditions of 12-8knots. The Race Committees had a tough time, more so on Course A where the Standards and 4.7’s race, due to the area being closer to the land. A lot of course changing was required between races and they did an excellent job to get a quality race at the end of the day making it as fair as possible. Tom Burton continues to show he deserves his new position on the Australian Sailing Team that he won with his result at Sail Melbourne. When asked about his raise to the top he...

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2011 Australian Laser Championship day one

Botany Bay provided an excellent race track for the opening day of the 2011 Australian Laser Championship. The 16-20knots NE wind whipped up a short sharp chop which created gruelling upwind legs, testing fitness and technique. Ashley Stoddart along with many others commented that; 'upwind was pretty hard work but it was worth it for the fun on the downwind!' In the Laser 4.7 Class there is a good mix of girls and boys in the top ten with Sophie Chesterman from Tasmania the highest placed girl in fifth after scoring an eight and four. Queensland’s Madison Kennedy is in seventh overall after opening her regatta with a second place followed by a 13. Just one point behind in eighth is Milly Bennett from NSW. The boys...

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2011 Australian Laser Championship starts today at George’s River, NSW

The 2011 Australian Laser Championship start today at George’s River Sailing Club. 189 entries from seven States will race on Botany Bay for the chance to win one of four National titles; 2011 Australian Laser Champion, 2011 Australian Laser Radial Champion, 2011 Australian Laser Radial Women’s Champion and 2011 Australian Laser 4.7 Champion. The Laser is the world’s most popular sailing class. With three different sized rigs it caters for a large range of crew sizes and ages from juniors and light weights in the Laser 4.7 to the middle sized Laser Radial rig which is hugely popular with youth and masters alike and is the Women’s Olympic Class, to the largest sized, Laser Standard rig which is the Men’s Olympic class. Queensland’s, Benjamin Franklin has...

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Olympic goal Krystal clear for Weir

BEIJING Olympian Krystal Weir has her 2012 London Games campaign off to a flyer, leading the Aussie charge at this week's Sail Melbourne regatta at Sandringham. The Brighton resident is among five women fighting to represent Australia in the Laser Radial class at the 2012 Games, with just one spot up for grabs. Weir, 25, said she was determined to make the most of her hometown event. "This is a really important event for me, this could ultimately decide if I go (to London)," Weir said. "Sandringham is my home club, so I'm going to make the most of this event." Currently in 14th place after yesterday's events, Weir is 11 points ahead of her closest Australian competitor. She placed 18th and 19th in her two races yesterday. "The...

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