Author: Krystal Weir

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Sail for Gold 3rd and 8th on Day One

I finished today with a 3rd and 8th at Sail For Gold, UK. We had a great breeze from the SW at 15knots. I started the regatta with a great start and first work upwind, I was able to hold off the other girls and finish with a third. The second race wasnt so straight forward as I had a bad start. I then climbed my way back to 5th before heading the wrong way on the downwind as I sliped back to 11th. On the last lap I climbed up to finish 8th. I was able to practice and learn a few new tricks, looking forward to some more high level sailing tomorrow....


Weymonth Pre-Training

In sunny Weymonth for the start of the Sail for Gold event starting today. I arrived into Weymonth three days ago in preparation for sailing in the "Sail for Gold" regatta. Day one I arrived down the yacht club for 30knot+ gusts with a 25knot average, with these types of conditions I soon forgot about the jetlag problem, rigged up and screamed out to the starting area. We all sailed out for 30min downwind towards the course area in a lot of breeze so you can image how far the course is away from the harbour (LONG way). We had a great day with 30girls out racing, I was going fast so no worries with speed. Day Two we had a short traning session just outside the harbour...


Europe Tour Update 2010

I am now back in Australia after three months in Europe. Overall it was a pretty successful tour, with a 4th in Scheveningen Week, 5th Holland Regatta, 6th Kiel Regatta. My last event was the World Championships in Largs, Scotland where I finished in the back of the Gold fleet. It was a tough event and probably one of those regattas you look back on and learn a lot from. The event was running over 6 days but we only got proper racing in on the first 3 days. This teaches you how important the first few races of a regatta can be. Worlds 2010 Largs, Scotland was a very frontal venue that either had loads of wind or none at all. Race One I retired from the race...

Day Two of Gold Fleet Finals and No Racing

Well this has been one of those regatta where things just don't seem to go your way. Over the past couple of days we have had winds from all directions, up and down. Largs is a very frontal cloud orientated venue and I just haven't been getting on the right side of the shifts. Yesterdays racing was extremely up and down and in hind sight according to the race committee really should have been abandoned. Today we sailed out at 11am to sit and wait for wind, we waited 5hours then towed back into the yacht club. Tomorrow they are planning to have three races starting at 10am fingers crossed. I am sitting well down the leader board in gold fleet so we definitely have some work...


Day Two Laser Radial Worlds Largs, Scotland

Today was a day for keeping your eyes out of the boat to see whats coming. I am reasonably happy with today's progress as it was very tricky. The wind was shifting anyway between 20-30degree, up & down pressure in pockets all over the course around 5-10knots. I was in the first yellow fleet of the day which was great as I was able to get a few more practice starts in as the race committee were starting then relaying the course. The breeze was funneling off the land through the hills and we also had a few rain clouds just to keep us on our toes. In the first race I was right up there playing with 3rd or 4th at times, the result didn't really...

Day 1 Womens Radial Worlds Largs, Scotland

Today was just one of those days that you just have to learn from your mistakes and move forward. Today Largs couldn't provide the sunshine and heatwave that was spreading through elsewhere in Europe. Instead we had cold, raining conditions for most of the day, it was forecasted to remain light but the weather gods decided otherwise with sold 20+knot gusts heading through the course at times around a 15knot average. The first race was setup underneath the lee of an Island which proved to be quite tricky. In the first race I headed out from a great start everything working to plan, i then tacked across aiming for a duck below a Swedish boat but unfortunately was hit by a gust in which I didn't let...


Women Radial Worlds Start Tomorrow

Olympic Womens Laser Radial  Worlds begin in Largs, Scotland tomorrow. Krystal will be competing in the strong 120boat fleet over the next five days,  9th-14th July. To follow the event and


Krystal Weir prepares for her return to top level Laser Radial competition

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...

Krystal finishes 6th in Kiel Week Germany ISAF Grade One

Krystal finishes 6th in Kiel Week Germany ISAF Grade One. This years Kiel Week started off as your typical windy yet cold regatta. It was a slow start for the Radial race course as the race committee had trouble setting the marks, so after an hour of mucking around and all of us just sitting and waiting in the cold we were off. We got three great races in, I finished the day with a 7,2 and should have been one but I decided to do an extra lap. So for the worlds all courses will be permanently written onboard my boat. It was a good lesson for me. For the next couple of days Fletch got very good at towing me out to the race course...