Tasmanian Laser sailors tune-up for Worlds

  • March 16, 2017

Lasers racing on the Derwent

This weekend’s International Laser Tasmanian State championships on the River Derwent will be a significant regatta preparation for several teenage Tasmanian sailors and a Queenslander heading for world championship in Europe mid-year.

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Laser Association expect more than 20 sailors in the 4.7 and Radial divisions from the RYCT and the northern clubs, Tamar Yacht Club and Port Dalrymple Yacht Club to contest the two-day regatta.

Promising young Queensland sailor, Kristen Wadley, will contest the Laser 4.7s, the smallest of the three rigs for the single-handed Laser class.


Laser fleet racing the Tamar.

The other divisions within the Laser class are the Radials and the Standard rig, which is the Olympic single-handed class for men.

“The 4.7s have attracted a growing number of local girls into the class this summer,” Laser Tasmanian secretary Amanda Sargent said yesterday. “They will certainly appreciate the competition from Kristen over the weekend.”

Champion Laser Radial sailor Sam King is planning to contest the world youth championships at Medemblik in The Netherlands from 11-18 August.  Organisers have set a maximum of 360 Laser Radial sailors for this event.

Two other RYCT off-the-beach sailors, Nick Smart and Max Gluskie, also have 4.7 worlds in their sights, as has the Queenslander Kristen Wadley.  There, the maximum fleet size will be 350 boats.

Sam King collects his trophy from the 2016 Laser championships.

Kristen Wadley, who hails from Tingaroo Sailing Club, was first girl and 10th overall in the recent Laser 4.7 nationals in Adelaide.  She received the Queensland junior sports star award for this performance.

Among the Tasmanian girls expected to provide strong competition is Ruby Lowe from PDYC who was a winner at the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta last month.

Newcomers to the 4.7s include Sarah Sargent.

The RYCT has a busy weekend as, in addition to the Laser state championship the club, in association with Derwent Sailing Squadron, is conducting the state championship for the SB20 one-design sports boat class and also running the second last event in the Combined Clubs Long Race Series for keelboats.
Words: Peter Campbell

Photos:  Amanda Sargent, Peter Campbell

16 March 2017