Mara Wins ILCA 6 at Kiel Week Regatta

Mara wins the Medal Race at Kiel Week – Photo www.segel-bilder.de

Congratulations to Mara Stransky winning the tightly contested ILCA 6 at the just concluded Kiel Week Regatta in Germany. The strong Australian team did well with four Australians in the medal race and Zoe Thompson finishing 6th, Casey Imeneo 8th and Elyse Ainsworth 9th.

Mara went into the medal race on Sunday with a handy lead. Just needing a reasonable place she wound up winning the the medal race.

Assistant National ILCA 6 Coach Ben Walkemeyer said it was a fantastic result for the squad. Ben commented “Mara sailed a pretty perfect race, she didn’t take any unnecessary risks out there and led from the first top mark to the finish,” said Walkemeyer. “She essentially had a fleet of four boats she had to look for and so started safely, got the first shift and it was all about protecting that reasonable position, and so that meant the race win right there.”

Mara said of the result “It is so phenomenal to have all of us in the medal race and I credit most of my ability to get around this racecourse from working with the other girls. Everyone in the squad has the ability to win, and that is super exciting. I particularly want to thank my family and my home club the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron plus the Queensland Academy of Sport sailing program, they have been really influential.”

Full results are on the Kiel Week web site Here.