New State Laser champions decided
The Laser State Championships were held at Devonport’s Mersey Yacht Club last weekend with 24 entries in all classes, Standard, Radial and 4.7.
The event was held in preparation for the 2019 Oceania and Australian Laser Championships in early January, an huge sailing event that is expected to attract more than 150 entries from all States and overseas.
On day one of the Tasmanian championships only one race was completed due to light winds.
The sailing frustrations made up in the evening when competitors, family and volunteers enjoyed a roast meal catered for by Mersey Yacht Club.
Racing was on the course area in Bass Strait, off Mersey Bluff, which will be used for the Nationals in January, a course that provided spectators with an excellent vie from the shore.
On day two racing got underway in a 10-12 knot northerly breeze which went soft and shifted left halfway through the day. By the end of the day, another four races were completed, ensuring that a series result was achieved.
Multiple winners took races out during the day, showing the depth of talent in the Laser class.
Max Gluskie won race two in the Standard Class with Sam King bouncing back from his traditional day one UFD to win out three races.
In the Radials, Will Sargent and Radial Josh Ragg showed strong form, each winning two races. Adele Autcherlonie lead the Radial women all day and there were strong performances from Masters Tony Tate and Clyde Eastaugh in the Masters. Matilda O’Donoghue chalked up three wins to Abbey Calvert’s single victory in the 4.7s..
In the fifth and final race:
• Sam King won again to take out the Standard Class.
• Josh Ragg won the final race in the Radial fleet, but the Radial championship title went to Will Sargent from Josh Ragg and Nick Smart.
• Adele Autcherlonie was the winning female in the Radial fleet while the Masters Division was won by Tony Tate
• Matilda O’Donoghue won in the 4.7 Division giving her the 4.7 championship from Abbey Calvert and Ollie Hugo with only three points separating first and third.
“Thanks to all the competitors and volunteer for making the weekend a successful championship,” TDLA president Roger King commented, adding: “The TDLA and Mersey Yacht Club would also like to acknowledge Events Tasmania and the Devonport City Council for their support in providing vital infrastructure needed to host the Oceania and National Laser Championships in January.”
Many of the Tasmanian Laser sailors are competing in Sail Melbourne which starts today, including Sam King, Adele Auchterlonie and Max Gluskie.
Words: Roger King/Peter Campbell
Photos: Roger King, Amanda Sargent
13 December 2018