Laser Worlds Wrap Up

Laser Worlds Wrap Up

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 - Kingston, ON

The Laser Standard World Championships wrapped up yesterday, July 8th, bringing an end to the exciting 7-day event at Portsmouth Harbor in Kingston.

The 158 sailors from 63 different nations saw a variety of different sailing conditions throughout the event from a classic Kingston southwest sea breeze to a northerly breeze bringing in big shifts and tricky sailing conditions. Despite losing 2 days of racing to no wind, the race committee ran 7 qualifying races and 6 races in the final series.

The qualifying series produced both great and challenging moments for the Canadian sailors.

Canadian Sailing Team member Lee Parkhill sailed his way to his first ever bullet at a World Championship event on day 2 of racing. Lee continued to sail a strong qualifying series comfortably making the cut into gold fleet. The final series brought more challenging racing with the world's top 53 sailors all on one start line. Lee continued to sail a consistent event with an impressive 8th place finish on Day 5. Lee finished in 23rd overall, a personal best at a World Championship event. Lee is now off to the Pan Am Games in Toronto where he will be representing Canada in the Laser class.

CST sailors Robert Davis and Tom Ramshaw both moved into gold fleet after a strong first 3 days of racing. Robert sailed 3 top 10 finishes in the qualifying series, finishing in a respectable 33rd place overall. Teammate Tom Ramshaw placed 49th overall in the competitive gold fleet.

Evert McLaughlin narrowly missed the Gold Fleet by 4 places. He continued to tackle the fluky conditions securing a 5th and 3rd on the last day of racing, placing 13th overall in the silver fleet.

As the Laser Standard Championships come to a close the Laser Masters Championships is just kicking into full swing. Racing starts July 12th down at Portsmouth Harbor, Kingston.

Check out video recaps of the week's racing and the results here!