Laser Radial World Championships

Leading Australian contender Mara Stransky in Heat 1 – Photo by Jon West

The Women’s and Men’s Radial World Championships are being run from Sandringham Yacht Club.

There are 105 competitors from 40 nations taking part in the Women’s event and 69 from 14 countries in the Men’s.

Only one of the two scheduled races was completed on the first and second days. On Day 3 the fleets went back on the water at 5.00pm after a thunderstorm with lightning earlier. The racing was wild and furious, with big waves building and the wind staying above 20 knots.

On Day 4 three races were completed for the women and two for the men in strong southerlies of above 20 knots. There were big waves, which made things hard for the less experienced sailors, and even the most hardened campaigners were feeling the effects by the end of the third race.

Day 5 saw moderate winds on a cold and grey Port Phillip Bay and allowed three races to be completed for the women.

The final day started promisingly, however it took eight start sequences to get the three fleets away for the first race. When the wind began to die and back to the south, the championship was over for everyone.

In the end it was a close finish in the women’s event with current Olympic champion Marit Bouwmeester finishing on top by just two points from fellow Team Netherlands sailor Maxime Jonker. These two sailors finished in the same order by a similar close margin in the Australian Laser Radial Championship at Sandringham in January.

Marit had held a comfortable lead going into the final day but an unfavourable wind shift and a yellow flag resulted in a 29th place and the narrow lead. As time ran out for other races on the final day that is where the results stood.

Just one point away in third was Norway’s Line Flem Høst.

The photo by Jon West says it all

In the men’s event Russian Daniil Krutskikh held a comfortable lead right through the series which was truncated to nine races. Danii, won by 20 points from WA’s Michael Compton. Slovenian Nik Pletikos finished a close third.

Results for the series are linked below.

Women

Men

Lots of event photos by Jon West are HERE.

Early leader previous World Champion – ultimately 4th placed Dane Anne-Marie Rindom