A Blast from the Past

In late February 2022 Andrew English crossed Bass Strait over four days on a wing foiler.

This brought to memory the feat on 9th March 2005 by triple Olympian and super Olympic Laser coach Michael Blackburn.

Michael sailed his Laser the 115 n.m. from Stanley in Tasmania to Tidal Beach on Wilson Promontory, Victoria in one go in 13 hours and 1 minute. He averaged 8.7 knots and hit a top speed of 19.7 knots down a breaking wave.

The story is recounted Here

There is more in the recently established archive of Laser News publications online on pages 21-22 Here and a YouTube video Here.

Michael Blackburn “Blackers” apart from this feat and representing Australia in three Olympics has now coached three back to back Olympic Laser Olympic gold medal winners.