Laser 2020 World Men’s Standard Championship

Swifto Elliott in familiar conditions leading Brit Michael Blackett at Sandringham – photo Jon West

German Philipp Buhl finished top dog in the Laser Men’s World Championship which concluded on 16th February at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne. Buhl had four straight wins during the qualifying series and finished the 12 race event with just one double figure score to finish with a 12 point win.

The championship was raced in a wide variety of conditions, with winds from all points of the compass however the best sailors seemed unfazed by the difficult and challenging weather.

There was considerable praise for the race management team and the host, Sandringham Yacht Club, who produced a well-organized regatta.

Australia’s number one ranked and 2020 Olympic representative Matt Wearn had a consistent series finishing second. Matt didn’t win a race, but had five second places and discarded an 11th place.

Rio silver medallist, Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia finished third overall after an up-and-down regatta that included two race wins, two second places and four scores that were in double figures.

Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Bernaz was dicing with Buhl for much of the series and won 6 of his 12 races however a Black Flag in race 7 followed by a 32nd place in race 10 pushed him off the podium and into 4th place.

Luke Swifto Elliott from WA had a consistent series to finish 7th while defending World champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Tom Burton who has been racing Moths and other classes after learning he had not been selected for Tokyo 2020 lacked time in the Laser and finished 15th.

Full series results are HERE.