Australian Laser Sailors in World Youth Events

Australian Team with coach Brody Reilly at ILCA 6 Youth Worlds Houston, Texas

Twenty two  ILCA/Laser class youth sailors from Australia are sailing in World Championship level events overseas for youth, under 19 years of age, across July and August.

The third and final of these World Youth events is the ILCA4 youth world championships being sailed in Portugal from 13 -20 August. Fifteen Australians have entered (8 males, 7 females) in a huge fleet of 445 entries from 44 countries.
Most of them were to arrive with supporting parents a week before for the pre- event Regatta and training. Two Laser class coaches Annie Eastgate (Queensland) and Luke Elliott (Western Australia) are the travelling coaches for the Australian group, with a total of 104 coaches registered. The event web site is Here.

The ILCA6 Youth Worlds were sailed between 25th and 30th July from the Houston Yacht Club, in Texas, USA.  Six Laser Radial/ILCA6 youth sailors from Australia Anneke Meyer , Hugo Ralph, Myles Wilson (Queensland) Patrick Cummin and Hamish Gilsenan (Victoria), Liam Cox (Western Australia) pictured above sailed  in the fleets totalling 212 from 35 countries.

Hamish, Patrick and Myles were the best placed of the Australians. They sailed the second half of the series in the middle “Silver” fleet and finished with overall placings in the top half of the Silver fleet, with Hamish and Patrick in the top 15 for the event overall for under 17 competitors.

The Australian youth group at the ILCA6 youth championships  benefitted significantly from  the coaching of Brody Reilly, a current Victorian Laser Association coach and Australian 2020 Men’s Laser Radial champion. Brody  as travelling coach spent five solid training days with them in Houston before the start of the regatta, and provided pre and post race debriefs each day. The reports back was that the racing was very close and competitive with nearly every sailor at or near the top of their respective national youth Laser fleet. The Australians improved their sailing with plenty learnt.  Most of the sailors from European and American countries had benefited from more large fleet experience, particularly during the last two pandemic disrupted years.

Eve McMahon from Ireland convincingly won the Women’s event winning 8 of the 11 races. Eve is on a roll having earlier this season won the ILCA 6 Youth European Championship in Greece and the Youth Sailing World Championship in the Netherlands. Men’s winner by a comfortable margin was Italian sailor Mattia Cesana who won six races.  Full results are Here.

Earlier between 10th and 14th July Evie Saunders and Jack Eickmeyer were Australia’s representatives in the Men’s and Women’s World Sailing Youth World Championships sailed in the The Hague, Netherlands in ILCA6’s. Evie who sails from the Manly Yacht Club in Sydney, finished second overall in the 56 boat fleet from 56 countries.
Jack Eickmeyer from Mornington Yacht Club in Melbourne finished strongly with a sixth and a tenth in the races on the last day to finish 27th overall in a fleet of 61 boats from 61 countries.