Please select your home edition
Edition
PandB 2019 Autumn Sale - Leaderboard

SailingFast Laser Qualifier at Sunderland Yacht Club

by Daisy Collingridge & Keith Videlo 4 Oct 10:30 PDT 28-29 September 2019
SailingFast Sunderland Laser Qualifier © SYC

On the weekend of the 28-29th September 48 keen Laser Radial, 20 Standard and 36 4.7s sailors made the journey to Sunderland to kick off the first of three winter World and European qualifiers. With high winds forecast for many areas along the South coast and tales of cancelled competitions elsewhere, we were all ecstatic to get six races in.

Laser Radial Fleet

Saturday brought offshore, extremely gusty winds. After a short delay to lay the course the Radials were off on their first race. Irish sailor Dan McGaughey took advantage of the pin bias and was able to flick over onto port early to take a controlling position. He led from British Sailing Teams' Ali Young. The two battled it out for the majority of the race until Young pulled away taking the win from McGaughey with youth sailor James Foster in hot pursuit.

The second race saw Young, Foster and McGaughey fight for first until the top reach. With the three sailors sailing high in an attempt to get past each other, Daisy Collingridge followed by recently crowned Youth World Champion Matilda Nicholls managed to take some distance out of the leaders. Collingridge sneaked past McGaughey on the final downwind to take third place meanwhile Foster championed over Young to take the race win.

The third and fourth races of the day saw Jon Emmett come into his own, taking both race wins from Young who scored two seconds followed by Collingridge behind with two thirds. The sailors returned to shore after a tiring but enjoyable day on the water.

The following day the sailors were presented with new conditions. With the wind coming onshore there was more of a sea state to play with. The first race saw a heavily pin biased start line which resulted in a general recall but we subsequently got away. Foster, showing his skill again, rounded the windward first with a babble of sailors close behind. He and Emmett opted for the go right leeward gate mark whilst Young followed by Collingridge picked the left hand side.

A slight left shift gave the two British Sailing Team sailors the advantage at the top mark. They finished in this order with Emmett finishing in third ahead of Foster.

The final race of the weekend closely followed. Collingridge and Foster were able to get off cleanly at the pin and rounded the top mark first and second. Young demonstrated her downwind speed to take the win by a convincing distance with Collingridge fending off Foster and Emmett to finish in that order.

Consistent sailing meant Ali Young triumphed in first place followed by Jon Emmett in second and Daisy Collingridge in third. First Under 19 boy went to James Foster, who finished in fourth and Matilda Nicholls finished top Under 19 girl in sixth position.

Full Radial Results

Laser 4.7 Fleet

In the Laser 4.7s Freddie Howarth enjoyed Saturday's stronger breeze by winning the three out of the four races and the series. Second was Oliver Allen-Wilcox with a very a consistent series with the worst race to count being a fifth. Third overall was Jack Graham-Troll.

In the Girl's event, Samantha Edwards showed great speed to comfortably win the series, followed by Jasmin Robertson and Lucy Davis.

Full 4.7 Results

Laser Standard

In the Standard fleet the racing at the top was very close, with one point separating the top three boats. Lorenzo Chiavarini showed why he is the European Champion winning the event from Michael Beckett and Elliot Hanson. Both Beckett and Hanson having to discard a black flag result after being pushed over the line by the tide in race 5.

Full Standard Results

Thanks, as always, to all the volunteers at Sunderland Yacht club and the race committee for a brilliant weekend, also SailingFast for sponsoring and supporting the event, and providing the prizes.

Related Articles

Officials announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
60 International Race Officials from 31 nations World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, is pleased to announce the names of the Race Officials who have been appointed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition. Posted on 5 Dec
Laser Masters Inland Championships
Not much wind, but Rutland were great hosts When competitors arrived at Rutland for this year's Masters' Inland Championships there was no wind, and sure enough, Saturday's racing was initially postponed. Posted on 25 Nov
Sailors selected for the RYANI Youth Programme
36 youngsters from Northern Ireland will be supported along their journey The sailors, aged from 12 to 17, will be supported along their sailing journey, in preparation for national and international competition. Posted on 19 Nov
New XHL makes eXtremly Happy Laser sailors
New Laser specific vang block, A2031XHL-873 Introducing a new Laser specific vang block, A2031XHL-873 from the UK hardware manufacturer Allen. Posted on 19 Nov
Mitre10 MEGA Laser Nationals in New Plymouth
The Mitre10 MEGA Laser Nationals will be held in New Plymouth 16-19th January 2020. The Mitre10 MEGA Laser Nationals will be held in New Plymouth 16-19th January 2020. This event will be a lead-up for many NZ sailors planning to compete in the Worlds in Melbourne/Geelong in February/March. Posted on 17 Nov
Laser 2020 Australian Championships preview
Sailors started to arrive in Melbourne for what promises to be a massive summer of Laser sailing Turkey was the first country to send their boats, via airfreight, while the German team had to unload their shipping container in pouring rain on November 2 - hardly an ideal welcome to sunny Australia. Posted on 13 Nov
Gladwell's Line: In the aftermath of Bermuda
A look at some of the issues of the past week or so, including the America's Cup A look at some of the issues of the past week or so, including the America's Cup and particularly Emirates Team New Zealand's progress with their first AC75, plus the World Sailing Annual Conference's wins and fails, and more. Posted on 10 Nov
Noble Marine Laser Standard Inland Championships
Part of Sailingfast Youth Series, at Grafham Unfortunately, due to gale force winds, the first day of racing at the Inland National Championships was called off. This meant that the intention was to sail four races in 4-7 knots on the Sunday. Posted on 7 Nov
TJV drama, Mini Transat update, Paris 2024 updates
Latest Sail-World USA newsletter from David Schmidt If you're an ocean-racing junkie, November can be a thirsty month in North America. Fortunately, this year's fix comes in the form of the biennial Transat Jacques Vabre, which involves doublehanded racing aboard IMOCA 60s, Multi 50s and Class 40s. Posted on 5 Nov
Laser Under-21 Worlds at Split, Croatia overall
Three races held on the final day to make it a championship Juan Pablo Cardozo of Argentina won the U-21 Standard Men's championship, and also the U-19 award. Wiktoria Golebiowska of Poland won the U-21 Radial Women's championship. Posted on 2 Nov
RS Sailing 2019 - FooterGul 2019 CODEZERO EVO FooterMelges 14 2019 Footer