Please select your home edition
Edition
Bavaria C57 728x90

Laser Masters World Championships - On the brink of an overall victory

by Daphne Morgan Barnicoat on 7 Dec 2013
Jon Emmett in action during the 2013 Laser Masters World Championships © Munther Al Zadjali http://omanlaserworlds2013.com/
At the Laser Masters World Championships, the idea that sailing without a hat under a blistering hot sun was harmless, left Jon Emmett sick and languishing deep in the Radial Apprentice fleet, but with one day’s racing to go, he is on the brink of an overall victory after a remarkable recovery.

The 36 year-old British sailor, who coached Chinese Laser Radial sailor Xu Lijia to a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, decided to forego a hat on the opening day of the regatta having spent three days training in Mussanah prior to the start without dropping a bead of sweat.

Then he was struck down by heat stroke.

It forced him out of the day’s second race when he left the race course to seek treatment and although he returned on Monday, his eighth place in a fleet of 11 suggested all was still not well.

'The silly thing was it was all avoidable - didn’t do the things I should have done and learned the hard way,' he said.'I sailed three or four days here before the regatta and had no problems but you only need to go slightly over the edge and you pay the price.'

Drinking enough water and taking plenty of rest restored his energy levels which effectively turned the fleet on its head with Edmund Tam from New Zealand and Brazil’s Fabio Suyama Ramos suddenly facing a super strong challenge from the resurgent Emmett.

He has been on a roll ever since, with seven podium places from seven races including three outright wins which has put him at the top of the leaderboard with a seven point lead over Ramos. If he wins, it will be his first ever victory in a Laser Master World Championships.


Being coach to the 26 year-old ‘Lilly’ as he calls the Chinese sailing star has reinforced his belief that Olympic medals are won not just by talent alone but with a level of commitment and hard work that extends beyond most people’s understanding.

'All the top sailors are talented but one of the reasons Lilly is so successful is that she is such a hard worker. The sacrifices for Olympic sailors are huge – unless you’ve campaigned an Olympics, it is difficult to understand just how big a commitment they are.

'There is no such thing as overnight success – you are probably talking at least eight years of relentless training and racing before you can think about a medal.


Emmett had a word of advice to the youngsters who are setting out on Oman’s Olympic journey as members of Oman Sail’s Youth Programme.

'The key thing for me when I’m looking at youth sailing is character,' he said.

'If there is enough time, most people can reach the required fitness levels but among the elite sailors, there is something else, an extra ingredient they all share and it is this ingredient that dictates how far they can go.'
Emmett’s fight for honours continues today to make sure of victory but with a day to spare, three fleets have already been decided and three champions crowned.

Vanessa Dudley from Australia has had her best Laser Masters ever and her second place in the final race yesterday ensured that she could not be beaten in the Radial Grand Master fleet.

'I am so excited because I had no expectations coming into this regatta,' she said.

'My downwind speeds have been good and they have got me out of some scrapes on a few occasions and I have managed to stay consistent all throughout the week so I am really pleased.'


Scott Leith from New Zealand also sealed his win in the Standard Apprentice class after an outstanding week where he finished on the podium in every single race. This is his first year racing with a full rig and to win with a day to spare was something he set out to achieve at the start of the week.

British sailor Ian Jones has proved even more dominant in the Radial Master fleet recording six straight wins in ten races and he too cannot be beaten. Jones, Leith and Dudley will all receive their awards tonight at a special prize giving ceremony at the Mussanah Sports City.

A late but strong wind shift towards the end of the day meant three races had to be scrapped leaving three fleets scheduled for three races on the final day but Aussie veteran Mark Bethwaite is favourite to take the crown in the Standard Great Grand Masters while his American colleague in the Radial Great Grand Masters Peter Seidenberg should add another trophy to his burgeoning World Championships cabinet.

Another Australian Greg Adams is hoping he has done enough to win his first Standard Grand Masters title but the battle between Al Clark from Canada and Dutchman Arnoud Hummel looks set to go down to the wire with Clark starting the day with a tantalisingly slim one point advantage.

The final day’s racing starts on Saturday at 12.00pm with two races Event website

Zhik ZKG 660x82Gold Coast Marine Expo 2017 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

JJ Giltinan Trophy - Waka wall helps Yamaha to Hat-Trick in Race 1
A group of 20 wakas paddling across the course for the opening race helped New Zealand's Yamaha to win A group of 20 wakas paddling across the course for the opening race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy helped New Zealand's Yamaha to win the first race of the seven race series. 'The wakas were massive,' said Yamaha skipper Dave McDiarmid. 'We couldn't get to the bottom mark. They were in a solid line - about four deep - there was no gap.
Posted on 25 Feb
JJ Giltinan 18fters - Yamaha wins first race in rain and murk
New Zealand champion Yamaha came from behind to score a brilliant win in race one of JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship New Zealand champion Yamaha came from behind to score a brilliant win in race one of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by The winning Group, on Sydney Harbour today.
Posted on 25 Feb
NZ Flying Fifteen Nationals - Australia win World's opener
The 2017 Flying Fifteen New Zealand Nationals acted as a prelude to the 21st Flying Fifteen World Championship The 2017 Flying Fifteen New Zealand National Championship acted as a prelude to the 21st Flying Fifteen World Championship, hosted by Napier Sailing Club on the waters of Hawkes Bay. 55 competitors from Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Hong Kong took on the kiwis in an early indication of form before the worlds to be held in Napier from Sunday 26 February - Friday 3 March.
Posted on 25 Feb
JJ Giltinan Trophy - ILVE in action ahead of the JJ's - Video
The ILVE 18ft Skiff Team are back and in a brand new boat. Now see it in action! The ILVE 18ft Skiff Team are back and in a brand new boat. We brought you the video of how they turned it into a silver bullet with a mirror-finish chrome vinyl wrap. Now see it in action!
Posted on 24 Feb
18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Invitation Race runs out off puff
2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship began on Sydney Harbour when Australian 18Ft League conducted Invitation Race The 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship regatta began on Sydney Harbour today when the Australian 18 Footers League conducted the traditional Invitation Race for all 26 regatta entrants. Unfortunately for the crews, there was little, or no, wind for the duration of the race and the course had to be shortened to just three legs as the fleet was almost becalmed.
Posted on 24 Feb
SYC to host 56th OK Dinghy Australian National Championship
Queensland’s Gold Coast are host to the World’s newest OK Dinghy association, a rapidly growing force here in Australia. Registered in December 2016, Queensland’s Gold Coast are host to the World’s newest OK Dinghy association, a rapidly growing force here in Australia.
Posted on 24 Feb
2016-17 Musto Australian Fireball Championships - Overall report
Fireball Association of South Australia decided to move the Australian Champs back six weeks and sign up a country club When Fireball International decided to hold their World Championships in South Africa in December in 2016, the Fireball Association of South Australia decided to move the Australian Championships back six weeks and sign up a country club for a four day event.
Posted on 22 Feb
Sanya awarded Youth Sailing World Championships
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded.
Posted on 22 Feb
16ft Skiffs - Bryden Lawyers wins Annual Round Botany Bay trophy
The Botany Bay Championship is the oldest 16ft race in Australia run by the St George Sailing Club. The Botany Bay Championship is the oldest 16ft race in Australia run by the St George Sailing Club. The 16ft sailing veteran , Lee Knapton, guided Brydens to a 50-second win in last Saturday's Botany Bay Championship, sailing a near perfect race to ward off Manly stablemates Fire Stopping (Henry Makin) and Fluid Building (Clint Bowen)
Posted on 22 Feb
UK Flying 15 celebrates 70th anniversary at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
To kick start their 70th Anniversary year the UK Flying Fifteen Association are asking everyone to join them To kick start their 70th Anniversary year the UK Flying Fifteen Association are asking everyone who sails an International Flying Fifteen or keelboat, to join them at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 04-05 March (Alexandra Palace, London), to get the celebrations under way.
Posted on 20 Feb