sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 2012 Laser World Masters preview - Hot fleets and breeze expected
2012 Laser World Masters preview - Hot fleets and breeze expected

'Laser Masters Worlds 2011'    Chris Ray ©

The 2012 Laser World Masters Championships will be sailed from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Manly (Queensland, Australia) on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Today Friday 9 March, is the first day of registration for the 233 sailors from 19 countries around the world who will be competing from Sunday 11 March to next Saturday 17 March.

Two races are scheduled for each day of the championships, except for Wednesday 14 March, which is the designated lay day.

Across Australia it’s been a wild and wet summer. Twice this summer areas of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have experience massive floods, with areas greater than Germany and France combined under water.

Anything might happen weather-wise for the Laser Masters Worlds fleet. During the Australian Laser Masters Championship a cyclone (hurricane or typhoon) warning was issued which came to nought, just a day of driving rain on the Waterloo Bay course, followed by one of rain squalls with tops of 25 knots. A day of bright sunshine and a postcard 13-14 knots with tops of 21 knots from the south east followed, but since then an east coast low has formed just a little to the south of the area. This kind of weather means this Worlds regatta could well be a windy one.

With many world champions amongst the 233 sailors, competition is expected to be tight and all divisions hotly contested.

In the 17 boat Laser Radial Apprentice (aged 35-44) fleet, Scott Leith (NZL) will be looking for the triple after wins in 2010 and 2011. Edmund Tam is part of the strong Kiwi contingent. Tam finished second in this division last year. Jean-Christophe (FRA) was second in 2010, Ian Gregory (GBR) third in 2011 and Matthiew Bruehl (GER), who finished third in 2010, will ensure Leith does not have it all his own way.

The Laser Radial Masters (aged 45-54) 2011 defending champion is Al Clark (CAN). This 38 boat fleet includes New Zealander Hamish Atkinson, who returns to 2012 Masters Worlds after placing third in 2010, and there are many strong contenders amongst this big fleet.

To sail the Laser Radial Grand Masters (55-64) is Bruce Martinson (USA), who finished second in 2011 after placing third at Hayling Island in 2010. He feels there is a logical progression to the top spot on the podium however there will 36 other sailors keen to wreck his arithmetic. The 1997 Masters Champion Doug Peckover (USA) will be amongst them. There are lots of notable Laser sailors in this group, including Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s (AUS) Womens World Champion Lyndall Patterson, Australian Laser Class President Ken Hurling and Rob Lowndes (AUS), who will all be keen to ensure Martinson, a Wyzata dentist, will have more work to do than pulling teeth.

Laser Radial Great Grand Master (age 65+) Worlds Champion Keith Wilkins (GBR) winner in 2010 and 2011, will be defending his record 12 world titles. Trying to get past him will be 34 sailors, including the American ‘iron man’ 74 years old Peter Seidenberg, who placed second in both the 2011 and 2010 championships. Peter has collected eight world championships over 29 of the 30 Masters Worlds held.

In the Standard Apprentice field (age 35-44) it's going to be hard to go past Royal Queensland’s (AUS) own Tony Baisden, the 2011 and 2012 Australian Champion, who dropped a first place in his whitewash at the 2012 Australian Masters titles. Rest assured there will be 18 other sailors trying hard to do just that.

In the Laser Standard Masters field (age 45-54) Brett Beyer (AUS) with seven World Master titles under his belt stretching back to 2001 in Ireland, will be looking to improve on his second in San Francisco (2011). This is the biggest field in these championships with 43 entries, so it will be a tough ask.

In the Laser Standard Grand Master (age 55-65) division former Finn world champion Wolfgang Gerz (GER) the 2010 World Champion will be amongst the favourites in the 36 boat fleet, as will Malcolm Courts (GBR) who was third in San Francisco.

Laser Masters Worlds 2011 -  Chuck Lantz - copyright  

As Kevin Wilson, the Principal Race Officer for the World Championships commented this morning, as he and the event management team prepared for registration, ‘It’s going to be an interesting week ahead with a lot of World Champions battling for another title.

‘Right now the only thing we really know for sure is that Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s extensive rigging lawns over which the Laser Masters fleet is spread, are lush green.

‘We hope they don’t get too much more liquid sunshine this week.’

Current list of countries competing and number of sailors (alphabetical):

1 - Argentina
153 - Australian
8 - Canada
1 – Chile
2 – Denmark
2- Dominican Republic
2- France
3 – Germany
13 – Great Britain
3- Japan
2 -Ireland
1 - Mexico
23 – New Zealand
1 – Qatar
1 – RSA
1- Russia
2- Singapore
2- Sweden
12 - United States

The 2012 Laser Masters World Championship is sponsored by Performance Sailcraft Pty.Ltd. the South Pacific Laser manufacturer.

Email: info@lasersailing.com.au

www.lasersailing.com

For more event media information contact Event media +61418441359


by Laser World Masters Championships media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94696

1:04 AM Fri 9 Mar 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2012 Laser World Masters Championship

Related News Stories:

11 Mar 2012  Laser World Masters Championship 2012 day 1 - set to start
16 Feb 2012  Register now for NSW Laser Training - Places available this weekend
02 Feb 2012  Attention NSW Laser Sailors, Come Training THIS Saturday!!
04 Jan 2012  Laser Nationals - Exciting finale
03 Jan 2012  Australian Laser National Championship - Burton maintains overall lead
02 Jan 2012  Laser National Championships day 4 double for Burton
31 Dec 2011  Australian Laser National Championship - Competitive fleet racing
30 Dec 2011  Australian Laser National Championship - Choc tops and breakages
29 Dec 2011  Australian Laser National Championship - Heavy conditions on day 1
20 Dec 2011  2012 Laser World Masters Championship has new 4.7 category
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




















Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,














East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT