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Stakes raised at 2013 Laser Standard World Championships.

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Stakes raised at 2013 Laser Standard World Championships in Oman as battle lines are drawn….

High stakes in the 2013 Laser Standard World Championships grew even higher in Oman today after a day of close and merciless competition produced five winners in six races and added substance to Robert Scheidt’s tireless pursuit of another Olympic gold. Continue reading

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The all new PSA online shop is now open.
We have updated our websites and built a new user friendly, easy to use online shop for all your Laser needs.
You can shop 24/7 and orders will normally ship the next business day.
We will be constantly updating our product range so make sure you subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming deals and new product alerts.
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Lead up to Oman….

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Nick Thompson, with three World Championship medals already under his belt is in no doubt as to where his sights lie heading into next week’s Laser World Championships in Oman (17-23 November).

The 27-year-old is aiming for his first world title at the Al-Mussanah Sports City, having made the podium at the last three World Championships he’s contested, in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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Western Australia Laser Dinghy Championship 2013 – Crowded competition

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Western Australia Laser Dinghy Championship 2013. Most classes go through participation ebbs and flows, in the WA dinghy sailing scene but the Laser class attracts strong numbers year after year. Despite being an old design the boats simplicity, affordability, convenience, accessibility and ability to cater for such a diverse range of ages, and shapes and sizes makes it a modern day classic.

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Laser Nationals 2012 – World’s No 1 heads fleet in Hobart

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Gosford Sailing Club’s Tom Burton, currently the No. 1 ranked International Laser sailor in the world, heads a fleet of 139 boats heading for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania to the contest the Audi Laser Australian championships on Hobart’s River Derwent from 28 December to 4 January. 

Burton was the training partner for gold medallist and world champion (and fellow GSC member) Tom Slingsby in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics and has maintained his form back in Australia this summer. Slingsby has presently moved on to other classes, including the America’s Cup and foiler Moths and is not expected to announce his Brazil 2016 plans for some time..

Burton won Laser men’s division of the ISAF World Sailing Cup at Sail Melbourne and followed this with a close second to New Zealander Sam Meech at Sail Melbourne. At Sail Sydney, Burton won three of the ten races as did Meech, but the Kiwi was more consistent overall.

The Australian championships comprise the three Laser divisions – Standard Rig, Radial and 4.7 and within those groups there will be youth, women and masters champions racing for the much coveted Laser cubes, the traditional trophies for the class.

The entries include sailors from Singapore, Switzerland and Finland. The championships open on Friday, 28 December with competition starting on Saturday, 29 December.

Burton’s strong competition in the 29 strong Laser Standard Rig fleet are expected to be Ashley Brunning, Ryan Palk, Matthew Wearn, Jared West and the Finnish sailor Fredrik Westman.

With 71 entries, the Radial fleet is the biggest with a strong line-up of women sailors as the Radial is women’s Olympic single-handed class.

There is a great depth of talent among the mainly young women and teenage boys and girls in the Laser Radial class, headed by World champion Mark Spearman from WA, and Queenslander Ashley Stoddart, who was the topscoring woman at Sail Sydney,

Among the men sailors expected to sail well in the Radials is Tasmanian Rohan Langford who sailed impressively at Sail Melbourne, Christopher Anderson from NSW and Ryan Palk from Queenslander.

While Ashley Stoddart has been the outstanding woman sailor this summer, other than Olympian Krystal Weir, who is not competing in Hobart, there are many talented young women in the fleet, including Queenslanders Louise Evans and Madison Kennedy, Victorians Anna Philp and Natasha Van Rennes, Tasmanians Sophie Chesterman and Anna Vaughan, and the Swiss sailor Manon Luther.

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Oceanic Leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2012
Sandringham Yacht Club, Victoria AUSTRALIA
December 2nd – 8th, 2012
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A fleet of 39 boats will line up in the Laser 4.7 class, with a mix of boys and girls. Australian champion Jack Felsenthal has shown his skill with an outstanding win at the Audi Showdown on the Derwent in early November. He followed this up with an impressive regatta at Sail Melbourne.

Felsenthal did not compete at Sail Sydney but the top placegetters there, Victorians Sam Hannah, West Australian Conor Nicholas and Brodie Crossman from NSW should give him plenty of competition in the Nationals, along with Tasmanians Gabriel Morrison and Ed Hargreaves.

Many of the teenage sailors competing the Laser Radial and 4.7 divisions are expected to remain in Hobart to contest the OAMPS Australian Youth Championships which follow the Laser Nationals, also at the RYCT.


by Peter Campbell