Round 2 in Kingston: The Laser Masters' World Championships
Monday, July 13th, 2015
Kingston was not without sailors for long. With the Laser Standard World Championships just coming to a close, the Laser Master World Championships is kicking into full swing. Racing started yesterday, Sunday July 12th, and will continue until July 18th with 4 qualifications day, a lay day and 2 days of final series racing.
Both Laser standard and Laser Radial will be competing in the event with the sailors split up into 9 different fleet divisions; Laser/ Radial Apprentice (35-44 years old), Laser/Radial Master (45- 54), Laser/Radial Grand Master (55- 64 years old), Laser Standard Great Grand Master (over 65 years old), Laser Radial Great Grand Master (65-74 years old) and Laser Radial over 75 years old.
There is an impressive Canadian contingent amongst the 260 sailors racing in both the Laser Radial and Laser Standard fleets. 32 Canadian Sailors will be competing in the various Radial division and 46 Canadian Sailors will be competing in the Laser Standard divisions. Among these sailors are some very experienced Master sailors and fierce competitors such as: Al Clark, Bill Fuller, Andy Roy, Rob Koci, Bill McLaughlin, Nigel Heath and Robert Britten who finished 5th at the 2013 Laser Master World Championships.
For sailing veterans Al Clark, Bill Fuller and Andy Roy, this is the second time they are launching from Portsmouth Olympic Harbor to race a World Championship. The seasoned sailors raced the Laser World Championships when they were last held in Kingston, Ontario in 1980 and are favorites in this week’s competition.
Andy Roy, racing in the Laser Standard Grand Master division, placed 2nd in the 2014 Laser Master World Champions in Hyeres, just one point behind the first place finisher. This impressive result only furthered Roy’s motivation for this week's racing. “Finishing 2nd really gives me the motivation for 2015 Worlds, held conveniently in my backyard of Kingston,” Roy said last year in Hyeres.
Al Clark is a knowledgeable and experienced sailor and race coach. He is the Head Race Coach at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and has been racing the Laser for over 30 years and is one to keep your eye on this week. Clark was a Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year finalist in 2013 for his Gold medal finish at the 2013 Laser Masters World Championships in Oman. Clark will be competing in the Radial Grand Master division this week.
Canadians Johan Van Rossem and Deirdre Webster will be competing in the Radial 75+ division. The equally notable Laser Standard Great Grand Master division will see Canadian sailors John Dawson-Edwards, Bill Mckenzie and David Elliot.
Gerry Giffin, Sail Canada past president will also be out in his laser racing this week.
It will be an exciting week of racing, follow all the action here!