Monthly Archives: August 2022
The Under 21 World Championships concluded on 28th August at Vilamoura, Portugal. There were 238 competitors (158 ILCA 7 and 80 ILCA 6) in the series which was sailed in light breezes. Only seven of the scheduled 12 races were completed with no racing on the final day due to the wind never reaching above 5 knots.
It was very close in the ILCA 7 with Team Germany taking first and third with the winner Ole Schweckendiek first by a single point from the host country’s José Mendes with Julian Hoffmann third.
With greater consistency in the light conditions the ILCA 6 winner was Eline Verstraelen from the fabulously strong Team Netherlands. Eline won by six points from Eve McMahon from Ireland and Italian Giorgia Della Valle.
There were seven Australian’s competing with Sylvie Stannage the best of the women at 22nd and Stefan Elliot-Shircore the best of the Australian men at 28th.
The full results, photos and media are all linked on the event web site Here.
The 2022 Oceania Laser Masters is being hosted by Darwin Sailing Club with 37 competitors from Australia & New Zealand competing in the week-long event (20-26 August). Competitors have travelled from near & far with some driving their boats north whilst others decided charter boats were a better option.
Racing has been taking place on the fabulous waters of Fannie Bay. The water is a bright aqua colour, weather is warm as many sailors hit the water in shorts. The weather and conditions couldn’t be more glorious. Racing has been in the afternoons leaving the mornings to relax although this has come at a cost with quite shifty conditions on the racecourse leading to some mixed results.
After race BBQ and drinks in the Rotunda has been a daily occurrence and the most popular addition to the regatta. It has created a fantastic way to chat about the days racing, get to know the other sailors whilst watching the famous Darwin sunsets.
The Darwin Sailing Club, their staff & volunteers have done an amazing job with the regatta going very smoothly. Gary Martin, local laser legend, was the brainchild being the event being held in Darwin and the results have been beyond successful.