RYCT sailors at World Youth Laser Radials
RYCT members Sam King and Max Gluskie competed in last week’s World Youth Laser Radial Championships at Medemblik in The Netherlands.
The weather was a mix of light and medium conditions, meaning that consistency and resilience paid out. Sam King placed 14th overall in the Gold Fleet and Max placed 44th in Silver fleet.
The point spread analysis for the regatta leaders demonstrated the intensity of the competition, second, third and fourth placed sailors finished on equal points as did 8th to 11th.
Sam missed out on a top ten-position by just four points, but rightly said he was very proud of his result.
All present felt empathy for Sam’s Italian mate, Guido Gallinaro, who led the regatta into the finals with six wins but finished 8th overall after struggling for speed when the wind increased. A total of 390 young men and women from 36 countries competed in the regatta.
Sam’s form continues to improve with the international stage providing the ultimate test. The hard work done last year with coach Laura Caldecoat is now paying off as is the TIS gym work and the pre-regatta training with the Australian women’s sailing team.
Max said after regatta that clear air at the start was essential to achieving good results as the class of the fleet didn’t allow many passing opportunities.
Both Sam and Max are also members of the Tasmanian District Laser Association whose coaching and regatta program enables their members to sail to their full potential.
Words & photos: Roger King
25 August 2017