WA Laser titles – Perfect sailing weather greeted the 109 strong fleet of sailors as they began the three days of sailing on the Swan River in Perth WA.
The Doctor was ‘in’ and not too strongly, with a pleasant 10 to 12 knots delivered as if to order over the three days. The variation was predictable and the race management teams headed by RO Geoff Brown and the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht club volunteers had the several fleets moving in accord around the trapezoids laid out by the mark layers.
In the Standard Lasers, the first day had WA’s Matthew Wearne take the top spot which he refused to let go of but he was under challenge by Queenslander Ryan Palk, another Australian squad member and the battle flowed over the three days. The five bullets that Matthew scored in the eight races were convincing enough to give him the title and the tussle continued with Palk taking on Mark Spearman and Luke Elliot both of WA. The results did not change one iota by the end of the three days, but it was the continual ebb and flow of the racing that made the days interesting. Several times, with the wind rolling over the top of the hill that graces Mosmans, the gusts were challenging and the lifts (and knocks) made it hard to pick which side to go after the gates.
In the 4.7’s the challenge was between Zoe Thomson and Caeilin Winchcombe whose battle ran right through to the last race and it was only Jonathon Pang who could keep up with the skirmish going on up front. When the chips were down and the scores totted up, Zoe had to take second, but took the 4.7’s women’s championship as a consolation. Caeilin proceeded to take the youth championships as well and had Elliot Young and Chris Gallen follow him.
The real battle was in the Laser Radials for second and third with twice World Champion Tristan Brown exhibiting a consistency that gave him three bullets and two seconds. Not bad with people who sail against him time and time again. The contestants were up and coming Alistair Young, Conor Nicholas, recently recovering from knee troubles and Richard Maher who sailed well apart from a first race mishap.
In the Laser Radial Youth, the last three mentioned Young, Nicholas and Maher shared the lime light with Young and Nicholas dead heated at the finish and only the judges could separate them, giving Young the win, Nicholas second and Maher third.
The women’s Laser Radials was won by Jacinta Ainsworth followed by Nia Jerwood and Jacinta’ sister Elyse following in third with a 6 point margin from Jerwood.
West Australian Laser Association president Chris Kelly was fulsome in his praise of both the event and the terrific response by the Western Australian Laser fraternity. ‘With over one hundred entries and a record figure of 108 on the water, the association should be proud of the effort put in. The host club, RFBYC and their volunteers have done extremely well and the organization by the staff was first rate,’ he said.
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Conor Nicholas back to business again after knee problems. – 2014 Laser State Championships Perth Wa – Rick Steuart
Twice world radial champion Tristan Brown. Simply staying ahead. – 2014 Laser State Championships Perth Wa – Rick Steuart
Mark Spearman preparing to round a mark in company – 2014 Laser State Championships Perth Wa – Rick Steuart