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2014 World Laser Radial Youth Championships
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Written by Tristan Brown   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

 2014 World Laser Radial Youth Championships

 By Tristan Brown

 

 

 

The 2014 World Laser Radial Youth Championships were recently held in Dziwnow, Poland from the 26th July – 2nd August. The team representing Australia at this event consisted of Lachy Gilham (WA), Finn Alexander (NSW), Jacinta Ainsworth (WA), Conor Nicholas (WA) and I was fortunate enough to be the coach.

 Lachy, Finn and Conor all competed in the World Laser Radial Men’s Championships and consequently took the chance for some rest for the two days in between each of the regattas, however, there was no rest for me as I hit the water the next day coaching Jacinta.

 Due to the large numbers competing (81 female and 159 boys) the girls were divided into two fleets and the boys three fleets for four days of qualifying racing. During the qualifying series sailors race together in even fleets as allocated by the overall results and for the last two days of the championship they race in what is known as a Finals series where the fleet is separated into Gold, Silver and Bronze. The top sailors (based on the results) go into Gold, the middle of the rankings into Silver and so on.

 

 Following a week of stronger winds for the Open Men’s championship, the Youth sailors were treated to a change of scenery with several lighter wind days. This meant that they needed to be towed out of the River Dziwnow and out to the racecourse most days.

 Day one of racing saw light winds with the second race of the day needing to be shortened to avoid exceeding the time limit. Jacinta had the best day out of the Australians posting a 7th in Race 1! Lachy Gilham also showed improved form, however, this wasn’t reflected on the scorecard due to an unfortunate yellow flag near the finish line of his better race.

 

 Day two we were greeted by sea fog, and this delayed racing initially. Once we arrived on the course conditions were clear, however, once the first race of the day begun the fog made an unwelcome appearance back across the course. For the girls racing visibility was reduced to less than 30 metres and the sbest strategy was to follow the nearest boat in front of you, to enable you to locate each of the course marks. The jury boat motored around the course just ahead of the leaders escorting them towards each of the marks. By the bottom mark the mark laying boats were needing to blow whistles to enable the sailors to hear where the marks were as they definitely couldn’t see them! Somehow all sailors managed to find their way around the course, but due to the deteriorating conditions we were sent ashore to wait for the fog to clear. All of the coaches and sailors had to follow a compass bearing to ensure that we got back to the marina! The fog didn’t faze Lachy Gilham as he sailed his way to his best result in the regatta, a 7th place.

 

 Eventually the fog did clear later in the day and by 4pm we were racing again. Finn sailed extremely well to claim his first World Championships race win, whilst Conor Nicholas finished close behind in 3rd.

 Unfortunately on Day three we didn’t get any racing in due to a lack of wind for the majority of the day. Late in the day the wind did come in, however, we were unable to make the most of it due to the risk associated with the lightening that came with it!

 

 Day four of racing was make or break for the sailors. Today was their last chance to qualify for the Gold fleet and due to no racing the previous day, three races were scheduled. Both Finn and Conor had good first two races posting a 5th & 4th and 4th and 3rd respectively, however, they both struggled in the final race of the day with Conor sailing a drop (25th) and Finn being disqualified via Black Flag after finishing 10th. Jacinta ended her day one a high with a 6th place solidifying her position in Gold fleet, however, Lachy Gilham struggled with some starting issues to miss the Silver fleet cut by 2 points!

 Day five was the first day of gold fleet racing and the rise in tempo was noticeable with the sailors separated by much less distance and no one giving an inch.  Notable moments for the day were Conor’s 4th place finish in the opening gold fleet race and Jacinta’s comeback after a top mark altercation saw her lying in last position. She clawed her way back through the fleet to end up 25th out of the 41 boats.

 

 Day six saw Finn find some form again to finish 7th in the first race of the day whilst Conor reveled in the stronger conditions presented in the final race of the championships to claim 2nd and secure his place inside the top 10 overall.

 Final overall results for the team were as follows:

 Boys (159 Boats)

 9th – Conor Nicholas (2nd Under 17)

32nd – Finn Alexander

125th – Lachy Gilham

 Girls (81 Boats)

18th – Jacinta Ainsworth

 

 Thanks to Paul Gilham for being the nominated team manager, to Diane Ainsworth for organizing the team uniforms and to all of the parents for their support in the lead up and during the regatta!

 Congratulations to the entire team for all of their efforts not only during the regatta, but for the several months spent preparing at home. I look forward to seeing how the team progresses leading up to the Australian Laser Championships and Mandurah Offshore and Fishing Sailing Club and Australian Youth Championships at Fremantle Sailing Club later in the year!

 For full results visit: http://www.dziwnowlaserworlds2014.com/home/

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 August 2014 )
 
Team Gilmour wins Jubilee Yava Trophy in Yekaterinburg, Russia
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Written by Team Gilmour   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

 

 

 

David Gilmour, Will Mackenzie, Luke Payne, Peter Nicholas and Ed Powys

Team Gilmour wins the 20th edition on the Yava Trophy Match Race in Yekaterinburg, Russia in light fickle conditions

After 3 days of next to no wind on a small lake in the middle of Russia Team Gilmour managed overcome the light and shifty conditions to take the win in a white wash final against Eugeniy Neugodnikov from Russia.

The 2 middle days of the regatta were pretty much a right off with so little breeze that only 3 flights were completed of these days. Fully credit to the race committee who spent long hours on the water monitoring the breeze and getting in a race whenever the conditions were suitable. These two days were filled with extremely competitive card games and enthralling and intellectual conversations!

The 4th and final day arrived and after only a short wait ashore the breeze filled in and appeared to be quite stable (compared to what we had had over the days before).
The race committee again did a good job at getting through all of the round robin with enough time to start a semi finals series. Me managed to top the round robin after winning a close race against Neugodnikov. We chose to sail against fellow Aussie Neville Wittey, a veteran of the event and a local celebrity. We won the first race convincingly over Wittey and started another which we were also winner for it only to be abandoned due to a massive wind shift on the first beat.
With the time limit for the semi finals approaching fast the race committee decided to run another race of the semi finals, which Wittey managed to take from us. However after that race the time limit had expired and we were through to the final due to a tied semis which we won on count back as we topped the round robin

 

Neugodnikov won is semi final in straight sets against other local Sergey Musikhin. By this time the breeze had steadied and we had a 5 to 8 knot southerly. 

We dominated Neugodnikov in the prestart of the first race and lead the whole way around the course, with tactician Ed Powys picking every shift almost perfectly. The second prestart was a little more even but we still had the better of the starts and managed to massage Neugodnikov to a layline early on the first beat, from this point it was all about clean defensive sailing. The team managed to get the boat around the course with superior speed and boat handling to win the 2nd race and take the win in the Jubilee Yava Trophy, albeit with a slightly nervous last downwind where Neugonikov came around the top mark with better pressure and managed to make some small gains.

"We are really stoked to take the win in what has been a very tough and tricky week, the boys did a great job and really stepped it up in the final. Everyone has really made us feel welcome here and it has been a great event" said skipper Dave Gilmour

  

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 August 2014 )
 
World Laser Radial Men’s Championships 2014 Report
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Written by Tristan Brown   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

 World Laser Radial Men’s Championships 2014 Report

 By Tristan Brown

 The 2014 World Laser Radial Men’s Championships were recently held in Dziwnow, Poland from the 19th – 25th July. Brad Utting, Conor Nicholas, Lachy Gilham, Ben Gunther, Finn Alexander, Alistair Young, James Burman, Jeff Loosemore and myself represented Australia in this event.

 I contested two Europa Cup events as warm up events (in Warnemunde, Germany and one at the regatta venue in Poland) and placed 2nd and 1st respectively.  After winning the Europa Cup at the regatta venue against three time Polish World Champion Marcin Rudawski I was feeling confident and following this had an extra weeks training in Dziwnow in preparation for the main event.

 Dziwnow is very new to sailing with the marina only being built six months prior to our arrival at the World Championships, however, the regatta staff were very friendly and even helped us arrange new accommodation after the local caravan park was not suitable due to its condition and loud music each night!

 The weeks training prior to the event was all done in very light winds, however, once Day 1 of the regatta came around it was a completely different story. The wind was back to the same direction as the Europa Cup and was regularly hitting 20 knots. I struggled to round the top mark in the front bunch and consequently ended up with an 8th and a 5th  to start the event.

 The 76 boat fleet was all started in one fleet and this meant that there was big potential for gains or losses from the start of the event as opposed to the normal Qualifying and Finals format where the fleet is split into two. This resulted in many general recalls each start with all races started under the black flag.

 On Day 2 we were presented with very similar conditions 15-20 knots and a reasonable sized swell. This resulted in the heavier sailors who had dropped down from the Laser Standard rig dominating the leaderboard. I had my worst day of the event getting stuck on the wrong side of the course, scoring a 21st and 7th. After this day it was quite clear that it was going to be hard for me to defend my World Championship and I just had to try and remain positive and continue to fight for every position.

 Day three I finally managed to string together two good races to end the day with an 8th and a 3rd. I was really happy to finally make some inroads into the top five sailors after struggling to round the top mark in the first group. As always if you have good speed and can round the top mark in the top group the race becomes a whole lot easier in clear air with a bit of space!

 Day four started in lighter winds of about 12 knots. I had a good start and continued to chip away at the top group throughout the hour-long race. Going into the final downwind I was in 2nd place and managed to overtake downwind to claim my first race win of the regatta. About time! Unfortunately a poor start in race two cost me and I could only get back to 12th place.

 This left me in 5th overall going into the final day, however, this wasn’t really realistic as with the 2nd drop (which came into play after Race 10) I would slip back to 6th overall. I knew if I had a good final day and things fell my way that I could sneak up onto the podium.

 My final day didn’t get underway how I had planned with a terrible first upwind. After fighting my way through the fleet the entire race I ended up finishing 10th. This meant that I could not beat the Belgian sailor overall as he had managed to get back to 3rd in the race after also being deep in the fleet.

 The final race of the championships was one of my best, with a really good start and the ability to cross the fleet off of the line, I was tussling for 1st position the entire race with a Spanish sailor. Unfortunately I was not able to get past, eventually finishing the race in 2nd by one metre at the finish line!

 This good result in the final race meant that I finished 4th overall and 2 points off of 3rd! Polish sailors Jonasz Stelmaszyk and Marcin Rudawski claimed 1st and 2nd respectively, whilst Belgian sailor William De Smet finished third overall.

 Congratulations to the other West Australians competing on their results:

 13th – Alistair Young

21st – Conor Nicholas

35th – Brad Utting

45th - Lachy Gilham

 

  

In the end I was happy to salvage a respectable result out of an event that didn’t really go my way, but still very disappointed to relinquish my World Championship title. I learnt a lot from the event and look forward to working on the weaknesses I have identified and will be even more determined to try and get the title back next year wherever that may be!

 Competing at these events is not possible without a tremendous amount of support. I must thank Belinda Stowell for her input coaching throughout the regatta and to Arthur Brett for his advice from home, my parents for their ongoing support, Fremantle Sailing Club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation, WA Laser Association, Optimum Time, and Monkeyfist Marine for their continued support.

 I now look forward to coaching the Australian team at the World Laser Radial Youth Championships also in Dziwnow, Poland starting tomorrow!

 Full results can be found here: http://dziwnowlaserworlds2014.sailingnet.pl/results.php?kl=Laser%20Radial

 

Web: http://brownsailing.webs.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TristanBrown1

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 August 2014 )
 
The Doctor is in !!!
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Looks like we have things fixed!

Huge thanks to Marcel Korte for helping out

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 August 2014 )
 
Apre Sailing
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Written by The Doctor   
Thursday, 17 July 2014

 Latest of Apres sailing Fashion - Musto, Henry Lloyd, HH or  Melbourne  Cup ?

Liquidleasure will be all OVER it!    

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 July 2014 )
 
Wipe Out Wednesday
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Written by The Doctor   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Well if you haven't seen it already, here's a mash-up from the 2014 offshore sailing season with some good wipe-outs & sail carnage.

Enjoy.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 July 2014 )
 
Latest on Lasers in Europe
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Written by Tristan Brown   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

 Warnemunde Woche 2014

 After a long days travelling I finally arrived at Wanemunde, the venue for the German Europa Cup. I decided to attend this event as a warm up ahead of the World Laser Radial Championships in Poland in July.

 During the event, a festival is also held in Warnemunde to really make the place a spectacle from the 5th – 13th July. Our racing was held from the 5th – 8th July. Thousands of people descend on this small location, many who have just stepped off their luxurious cruise liner for the day!

 

Unfortunately I didn’t receive my charter boat until very late the night before the regatta started so I was frantically busy setting it up ready for racing and desperate to get out onto the race course to test everything out. I eventually got the chance to do this when finished setting the boat up at 7:15pm! I went out for 45 minutes and everything seemed in order.

 On the first scheduled day of racing we were postponed ashore all day due to a lack of wind. This had been all too common for European regattas this season with a similar situation having recently occurred at the Europeans in Croatia and Kiel Week in Germany. This cancellation gave me the chance to get out for a run to maintain some fitness.

 On Day Two we spent 7 hours on the water for two races.  Again these races were held in very light winds and I was happy to come away with a 3rd and a 5th place in the 52 boat fleet.

 

Day Three saw more wind from a different direction, which resulted in some nice waves to catch downwind. I sailed well in these conditions to claim 1,1,3 in the three races that day to move up into 2nd overall. I had some good battles this day with the Belgian sailor who lead overall.

 Day Four we all launched in an offshore wind, which was shifting quite a lot. After a long period sitting around out there waiting for the course to be laid, we started a race but this was eventually abandoned mid-way through. All racing was then cancelled for the day meaning that I would finish in 2nd overall one point off 1st!

 Congratulations to the other WA sailors competing on their results in the event: Brad Utting (6th Laser Radial) & Mark Spearman (5th Laser Standard & 2nd U21).

 This event was a great warm up event to get my mind back into bigger fleet and longer course racing and I look forward to using this to my advantage going forward towards the World Championships.

 Thank you to Fremantle Sailing Club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation, WA Laser Association, Optimum Time and Monkeyfist Marine for their continued support!

 

Europa Cup Poland

Following Warnemunde Woche, Brad Utting and I travelled from Germany to Poland with Irish Laser coach Ben Lynch. This meant that we were travelling in a seven seated van with six lasers and coach boat behind! (see attached photo). In what we thought was going to be a relatively short journey, it ended up taking 5 ½ hours due to traffic and road conditions. Once arriving in Dziwnow, Poland the location for the upcoming Europa Cup and World Laser Radial Championships we quickly got settled in by collecting our charter boats and setting them up ready for racing. 

I took my boat for a short practice sail prior to the event starting on the 11th July and this was a great experience with the fun downwind rides on such big waves making up for the upwind slog required to enjoy them.

 

To get out to the racecourse you have to sail out of a small canal and then out onto the ocean (similar to sailing down the river out from the old Fremantle traffic bridge and then out onto the ocean).

 On Day One of racing the conditions were crazy, 25knots of wind with some of the biggest swell I have ever been sailing in. I managed to come out of this long, hard day leading with a 1,1,2 scorecard having many close battles with the three time Polish World Radial Champion Marcin Rudawski. My brand new mast top section unfortunately didn’t handle these conditions too well, resulting in a significant bend.

 Day Two of racing the conditions were slightly more moderate with 15-18knots for the first two races and 7-10 knots for the third race of the day. I again had a consistent day with a 2,1,2 scorecard to maintain my lead. Unfortunately in the first race of the day (when in a close battle with Marcin) I went to tack on his transom going around the top mark and my foot missed the hiking strap, resulting in a capsize and me losing my favourite sunglasses!

 The final day of the event was very different, with a totally different wind direction and a much shiftier, lighter wind. I had extremely poor starts in both races to find myself well back in the fleet on both first unwinds. However, I used my downwind speed to my advantage to claw my way back through the fleet to end up with a 15th and a 2nd in the two races for the day. Bouncing back in the second race meant that I had managed to win the Europa Cup on the World Championships waters. A great confidence boost ahead of the main event, the World Laser Radial Championships in one weeks time!

 Thank you to Fremantle Sailing Club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation, WA Laser Association, Optimum Time and Monkeyfist Marine for their continued support!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 July 2014 )
 
Team Alpari at Stena Cup
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Written by Team Alpari   
Thursday, 10 July 2014

 Team Alpari FX 6th at Stena Match Cup Sweden
Team Alpari FX defeated by Bjorn Hansen in a hard fought quarterfinal at Stena Match Cup, Hansen goes on to win his 3rd straight Stena Match Cup Sweden. 

We arrived in Marstand on Sweden’s west coast with great form under our belt having finished 2nd at Match Race Germany and 1st at the Royal Southern Match Race. After a dominant first day of racing , we recorded 5 wins and no losses. From this point the regatta progressed slowly, however we continued to sail well finishing qualifying with 8 wins and 5 losses.  Having raced in a variety of conditions we felt comfortable with our progress, finishing the round robin in 4th position. Being unable to pick our opponent we were left with possibly the hardest match up, Bjorn Hansen, going for his third straight Stena Match Cup win.

The quarterfinals would be a hard fought affair. In match one we made a nice start to the right of Hansen, allowing us to tack across to the right of the course and make the most of more consistent wind. At the first cross, we were slightly ahead and being the starboard boat we tried to unsettle Hansen by dialing down and forcing Hansen to avoid us. Unfortunately on this occasion the umpires deemed fit to penalise us after the boats made contact. From this point we were behind and a penalty outstanding but we kept close and overtook the Swedes on the 2nd upwind. Being ahead we tried to slow down and force Hansen into a mistake but we couldn’t make it happen.

In race two we made a similar start to the first but this time managed to keep the advantage and lead at the top mark. We couldn’t get Hansen off our tail on the downwind and he managed to sail up past a lay-line to the bottom mark. This put us behind and on the back foot; Hansen went on to take the win.

2-0 down, we attached the third race desperate for a win. After making some nice backward maneuvering, we got ourselves into good shape, leading into the start with not much time to kill. Despite our good positioning we made the unforced error of being over the start early. Following a painful return to the start line we kept fighting and by the 2nd of 3 laps we were right back behind Hansen, to their dismay. From this point we had a real fight on our hands to overtake but just managed to squeak around Hansen at the finish mark and take an inspiring, unbelievable win!

Our fourth race with Hansen would prove to be the most disappointing, following what we thought was an even start the wind went hard left giving Hansen the advantage.  We had opportunities earlier to try and get across and keep it close but believed the wind would come back and give us a chance for the lead. Being a couple of lengths behind at the top mark would usually make a race but from this point it was a one-tack course for the final laps. Hansen took the win and we were out!

It was a very competitive series with Hansen and we were in with a chance every race. It was a hard loss to take especially having sailed well across all races. Defiantly some points for us to work on in the closer races, this will be helpful going forward. We are all optimistic about that and very hungry to improve again at the Sopot Match Race in Poland, in three weeks time. Thanks for your support and we look forward to bringing you news from Poland.

Keith Swinton, Ben Lamb, Ted Hackney, Tudur Owen and Ricky McGarvie

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 July 2014 )
 
The New Wrap Job
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Written by The Doctor   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014

 Todd & Dubbo's new ride, check out the wrap job......

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 July 2014 )
 
Sunny Stena Match Cup Sweden wrap up
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Written by TG   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

 Team Gilmour finishes 8th at Stena Match Cup Sweden

 

 

TG about to round inside Bjorn Hansen on day 4 of qualifying in 20+ knots (Photo credit, Dan Ljungsvik/ SMCS) 

David Gilmour, Will Mackenzie, Luke Payne, Peter Nicholas and Ed Powys

It has been a long week at our first Stena Match Cup Sweden, with Team Gilmour finishing a little disappointed in 8th place. We found it a little difficult to build momentum throughout the event and get used to the DS37 yachts. Despite the result we feel that we are still improving and learning from every race and really growing as a team. 

There were 14 teams competing in the event which made the qualifying round every important, we had a very slow day 1, only competing in one race. Day 2 was much better for us winning 4 races and loosing only 2, we managed to take wins which would turnout to be very important latter to make the quarter finals.
Day 3 was again a slow day with the ProAm race taking up most of the morning and with us sailing only in the afternoon, we managed a score of 1 win and 1 loss taking us to 5 wins and 4 losses, from this point every race was important on day 4. 
Day 4 the sun disappeared and the rain and wind arrived, we were excited to sailing in the gusty 20 knot conditions but probably more excited to don our new Gul Performance Apparel which proved to be fantastic! We had some really close races in the breeze with reefed mainsails and gusts up to 25 knots, we had a particularly close race against eventual regatta winner Bjorn Hansen and his Hansen Sailing Team.
The pressure was on and we had one last race of the round robin, this was a must win race which would get us into the quarter finals on a 4 way tie. We were against Taylor Canfield and his US One sailing team, the boys stepped it up and managed to take the win to cement our spot in the quarter finals.
Fransesco Bruni from Luna Rossa Challenge was second top qualifier after the round robin and chose to sail against us. Bruni had been sailing well throughout the round robin and it was going to be a tough best of five series. 
We had some nice starts against Bruni but he played the shifts well was able to win in 3 straight races. We felt like we had improved throughout the regatta but he just did a better job on the day and credit to his team. 
Stena Match Cup Sweden has been an amazing event and a big thanks must go out the the event organisers and the 120 volunteers who made it such a fun and enjoyable week on Masstrand!
Also a big congratulation to Bjorn Hansen and his Hansen Sailing Team for taking out their 3rd Stena Match Cup Sweden in a row! 
Stena Match Cup Sweden is an incredible event with the largest number of engaged spectators we have ever seen. We are looking forward to coming back next year!

Finals results:
1st Bjorn Hansen
2nd Ian Williams
3rd Taylor Canfield
4th Fancesco Bruni
5th Mathieu Richard
6th Keith Swinton
7th Joachim Ashenbrenner 
8th David Gilmour
9th Phil Robertson
10th Nicolai Sehested
11th Ed Baird
12th Magnus Holmberg
13th Johnie Berntsson 
14th Victor Ogeman 


 

Dave having a crack at the grinding comp. (Photo credit, Dan Ljungsvik/ SMCS)

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 July 2014 )
 
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