56 for the Worlds

Laser SB3 flex their muscles in Cascais

Friday August 28th 2009, Author: Katie Ashworth, Location: United Kingdom
Racing for the 2009 Laser SB3 World Championships begins on Monday 31 August and runs until Friday 4 September in Cascais, Portugal. There are 56 entries representing eight countries. There are 14 races scheduled. Racing will start at 1300 each day when on Monday the wind is forecast to be a stable 18-25 knots. Many of the competitors are wondering if they have woken up in heaven this morning…

Those who have arrived early in Cascais are taking advantage of the Cascais Vela 09 Regatta, sponsored by Quebramar and Chrysler. Sister-ships Spirit of Cape Town and City of Cape Town hold the two top spots after six races. Could this be a sign of things to come for the Race Ahead boats? Father and son duo David and Roger Hudson have now split forces and Roger has joined the Spirit of Cape Town team with Tariq Jacobs of 29er Youth World Championship fame.

As host nation Portugual have fielded a strong fleet. Ex-Olympian, Fernando Bello, will be aiming high on his home waters while Rui Caldas Barreiro, who recently switched to sailing from windsurfing, leads the Portuguese fleet in the warm up event, lying third overall after six races.

Michael Quirk and Lauren Calder represent Australia at the World Championships. Calder, sponsored by Audi, sails with the only all girl team of the regatta, no doubt all eyes will be on them and their performance! Quirk enjoys the addition of Michael McLean, ex-Australian Rugby League legend, to his crew whose strength will come into play as soon as the wind builds.

Among the GBR entries, there are a number of entries worthy of a mention. Team Zimmer comprising Mike Budd, Mark Greaves and Sam Gardner will be looking for a podium position having finished 10th in the 2008 World Championships but second at the 2009 UK Nationals and 1st at the Portuguese Nationals just three weeks ago. Craig Burlton, Steve ‘AB’ White and Adam Heeley will sail their second World Championships together as Gill Race Team and will no doubt feel the pressure from Budd having won the UK Nationals in June. As a team they will also be hoping to lay to rest the ghost of day five at the 2008 World Championships.

Other GBR teams to keep an eye on include Chris Darling and daughter Alice in Darling Associates, Jerry Hill, Joe Llewellyn and Paul Kameen the trio of Old Blokes, Guy Jackson and his student team in Team Solent Helly Hansen and In Your Pocket helmed by Andy Oddie with crew Garth Edwards and legendary sailing journalist Andy Rice. Geoff Carveth, 2008 World Champion is unable to attend the Championships to defend his 2008 title.

For those who have made the effort to travel to Cascais from across Europe towing their boats and those that have flown in from the other side of the world, this Championship will not disappoint. The organisation by the Clube Naval de Cascais team, headed by Bruno Santos is first class. The weather conditions are everything an SB3 sailor hopes for, the racing will be highly competitive and the welcome from the locals could not be more friendly. All eyes are now on the coverted Waterford Crystal Laser SB3 World Championship Trophy, and the excitement that will unfold before the 2nd World Champion of the class lifts the trophy next Friday night.


Boat Nat Helm Crew
Wagop AUS Michael Quirk Jordon Spenser / Michael McLean
Audi Sunshine Girls AUS Lauren Calder Lissa McMillan/Louise Watson/Morgann Stanton
Sponge Bob GBR Marshall King Matt Waite / Steven McLean
Darling Associates,net GBR Chris Darling Alice Darling/Sian McCleave/Alastair Shaw
Rumbleflurg GBR David Cummins Ian Schenkel/Chris Cousins
Cheeky Monkey GBR Ian Sullivan Tom Mallindine / Colin Cunningham
Gill Race Team GBR Craig Burlton TBA / TBA
Sun Microsystems GBR Robert Gullan Ben Ainsworth/Pieter Heyn/Maria Stanley
Xcellent GBR John Pollard Rob Smith/Mickie Schwartz
Rumshack Event Management GBR Roger Hexton
Skallywag GBR James Ford Rob Day / Nina Day
Badger Racing GBR Paul Lovejoy Sam Minge/TBC
Team Solent Helly Hansen GBR Guy Jackson Jorgen Stromquist / James Moore
Hot Pants GBR Michael Wood Mike Walker / Ian Martin
Trunk Monkey GBR Joe Burnie Doug Peniston/Mike Austen
GBR Chris Jennings Simon Everest/ Neil Hughston
Ash Holmes GBR Ash Holmes Ian Gilmour / Simon Davies
In Your Pocket GBR Andrew Oddie Gareth Gareth / Andy Rice
3 Sad Old Blokes GBR Jerry Hill Joe Llewellyn / Paul Kameen
Zimmer GBR Mike Budd Mark Greaves / Sam Gardner
Sarah Allan GBR Sarah Allan TBA / TBA
Else GER Ferdinand Ziegelmayer Maximilian Ziegelmayer/Sebastien Ziegelmayer
Isabella II GER Reinhard Schroeder Stefan Sorgel/Nico Thielmann
Sonic Zoom IRL Emmet Ryan TBA /TBA
IRL Aidan Breen Eoin Breen / Martin Breen
Fishbone ITA Cristian Ferro Massimiliano Pez
Phi!Number ITA Luca Bacci TBA /TBA
Coating ITA Maitan Luca Davide TBA / TBA
Stenghele ITA Pietro Negri
Citta di Numana ITA Vicenzo Graciotti TBA / TBA
Razzmatazz NED Sebastie Dohrendorf Fieda van Belle/Jonathan Griffiths/Isabel Dohrendorf
Bettersoft/Cidade Setubal POR Luis Santos Rui Duarte
Purple DayDream POR Paulo Alexandre Lobo Christian Bayon/Hugo Martins/Christopher Masters
Mergulhão POR Vasco Hogan TBA / TBA
Casilda POR Duarte Bello Gonçalo Eusébio / Manuel Arriaga
Vida Madrasta POR Piedade Colaço Diana Caldeira/Sara Carmo/Luisa Figueiredo
Dom Pedro Hotels POR José Paulo Ramada Abilio Amaral / Pedro Riebiro da Cunha
ROFF - SAP Consulting POR Gonçalo Horta Hugo Mastbaum / Pedro Rebelo
Clube Mbcp WST POR Vanessa Batista Telma Miranda/Inês Soares/Maria Aniceto
Quebramar POR Rui Brites Gonçalo Esteves
Delta Q POR Gonçalo Almeida João Lino/Daniel Martias/Elisa Matias
Windward POR André Gray Pedro Coelho
Bicasco/Cidade Setubal POR António Santos TBA / TBA
Herdade do Esporão POR Diogo Corrêa Mendes Fernando Passeiro / Duarte Pinto Coelho
Maniacos POR José Pedro Dias Pinheiro Antonio Leal Faria/ Bernardo Dias Pinheiro
Vida Malvada POR Vasco Batista José Guilherme/Ricardo Batista
Trinca Espinhas POR Luis Figueiredo TBA / TBA
POR Vasco Passanha TBA / TBA
POR Rui Caldas Barreiro Diogo Pereira / Gonçalo Cabrita
Santa Maria POR Firmino Morgado TBA/TBA
POR Bernardo Pinto Gonçalves Carlos Empis / Lourenço Empis
Engexpor POR Fernando Bello
Capital Moura POR Filipe Silva Joaquim Moreira / Pedro Nieto
POR Peter Straton Francisco Garcia
City of Cape Town RSA David Hudson TBA / TBA
Spirit of Cape Town RSA Taariq Jacobs TBA / TBA

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