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The Australian Laser Championships have attracted big names from a number of countries

Monday December 17th 2007, Author: Di Pearson, Location: United Kingdom
The 2008 Australian Laser Championships, being conducted by the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula from 27 Dec - 4 Jan, has attracted 277 sailors from 19 countries so far.

The massive fleet will comprise at least 120 Standard rigs, 115 Radial rigs and 42 4.7’s and will be the selection event for Australian competitors to the Laser Worlds to be held at Terrigal in February.

Countries participating in the Sail Melbourne event include AUS, CAL, CAN, CRO, CZE, FIN, GBR, HKG, IND, IRL, JPN, KOR, NED, NZL, NOR, SIN, SUI, THA and USA. Many will also compete in the '08 Laser Asia Pacific Championships being conducted as part of Sail Melbourne from a shore base at the newly rebuilt Royal Brighton Yacht Club.

James Mitchell, Chairman of the organising committee commented “The high level of level of 4.7 sailors competing is particularly pleasing. The Youth and the Masters age groups are the two biggest growth areas for the Class – we have a number of father with daughter or son combinations taking part.

Of course it’s also great to have the elite of the class well represented including, in the Standard rig, Australia’s Tom Slingsby (2007 Laser World Champion), Canadian Michael Leigh (ISAF rank 6th), Deniss Karpak (3rd 2007 Laser World Champs and ISAF rank 10th), the USA’s Andrew Campbell (ISAF rank 23rd) and from New Zealand David Weaver (ISAF rank 24th).”

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