• Bass Strait Turns Up The Pressure For Aussie Laser Nationals Finals




    The last day of competition at the Oceania and Australian Laser Sailing Championships off the coast of Devonport saw all categories decided across the two final races, which were held in deteriorating conditions.

    In the 4.7 class, a second and a fifth placing on Tuesday was enough to see Queensland’s Kristen Wadley hang on to her lead from the day before and take title by just one point from West Australian junior Lawson McAullay. Brooke Jones (NSW) was third on countback and leading youth girl, followed by youth boy's winner Jonathan Lio (Singapore).



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    Another accomplished performance from 2016 Olympic gold medallist Tom Burton (NSW) proved enough for him to sew up the standard division. Burton triumphed in the opening race of the day before a third placing in race 12 gave him a five point win from Matthew Wearn (WA), with Swifto Elliott a further seven points adrift.








    Brett Beyer (NSW/ACT) was the leading master in seventh, while eighth-placed Caelin Winchcombe (WA) was the leading under 21 sailor.

    The radial fleet saw Belgium’s Emma Plasschaert enter the day with a four-point lead finish with a six-point victory courtesy of a second placing in race 11. Zac Littlewood (WA) remained in second and was the leading youth male, followed by Manami Doi (WA) and under 21 women’s winner Mara Stransky (Qld). Sixth-placed Simon Merritt (Vic) was the highest-ranked open male and tenth-placed Stefan Elliott-Shircore (WA) the best junior boy.








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