Please select your home edition
Edition
Safety at Sea - Baltic - 1

Laser Nationals - Exciting finale

by Clare Murray on 4 Jan 2012
Tristan Brown Tristan Brown ©
Today was the final day of the Laser Nationals at RQYS. It was an exciting finish to the Radial Gold Fleet with two points separating the top three places.

Tristan Brown won the National title ahead of Krystal Weir in second and fellow Western Australian Mark Spearman in third, after two races in extremely light, shifty conditions at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly. 'The first race I stuffed up like yesterday as well,' Brown said.

'It was shifting everywhere and much lighter than earlier in the week. It was very easy to get buried back in the pack. I started off really well in the qualifying stuff then Gold Fleet didn’t really go as planned.'

Luckily for Brown his fellow competitors also had inconsistent results in the tough conditions which lead to a massive reshuffle of the leader board yesterday and helped him keep the top spot. Krystal Weir moved into second overall after a strong finish to the series with two fourths today.

'I did pretty well in both races. I was looking really good to take the regatta then I went around the wrong gate mark at the bottom and a couple of the boys got in front of me. Tristan matched raced me the whole way around the course. I had to deal with that the whole time so it was pretty difficult.'

Tom Burton won the Standard Fleet after a ninth and a first today. 'It was pretty stressful the whole day but even after the race I wasn’t that excited. I knew that if I came in the top five and Ashley Brunning won I’d still be safe. I got a good start and wasn’t sure if anyone was over. It’s good to do back to back national titles.'

Second place overall went to Ryan Palk who had a consistent day with a 13th (which dropped) and a second. Ashley Brunning didn’t make the comeback he had hoped after a disappointing day placing fifth and a DNF but he still managed to hold onto third overall. In the 4.7 rig Jack Felsenthal officially won in his fleet after already having low enough points yesterday to not need to sail today.

'It’s a great feeling, it’s my second nationals win.' (The other being the in the Minow class in 2009.)

Jack is now looking forward to two days off before he starts the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship, also being held at RQYS. 'It will be a good regatta. Two day break isn’t that long so I’ll just take it easy.'

Final race results at RQYS website

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
Pantaenius – Smooth sailing is more than a favourable weather forecast
Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia As Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia, we get to see why they continue to grow their happy crew of customers. Sitting down with Pantaenius Australia’s MD, Jamie MacPhail, you immediately get a sense that the smooth sailing is a direct result of both their unique product and the marketplace’s willingness to embrace the better mousetrap
Posted on 27 Apr
100 days to Rio, are there potholes and bumps ahead?
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for most crews.
Posted on 26 Apr
Is George Lucas a sailor?
He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic, which has been instrumental in the making of many of the special effects that have made the digital world so impressive. Gone are the smears of Vaseline along the bottom edge of the clear filter to hide the trolley that was actually transporting Luke Skywalker’s Speeder, for instance.
Posted on 25 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Can World Sailing learn from dear old Oz?
Why just lay the drop sheets out and tape up the edges of the windows for a splash of paint Some time ago now, Sail-World proposed that ISAF had a really good opportunity at hand when it morphed into World Sailing (WS). Why just lay the drop sheets out and tape up the edges of the windows for a splash of paint, when you could bring out the jackhammers and do a proper reno??? A call was issued for 200,000 sets of goggles and earmuffs to be supplied and for the real work to be commenced.
Posted on 11 Apr
Doyle Sails NZ - Never Look BackBarz Optics - FloatersLancer 40 years