The 2016 East Coast Championships (sponsored by NB Sailsports) were hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club last weekend 11th – 12th June. Thirty Laser 4.7s competed in what was one of the biggest showings the class has ever seen in New South Wales.
The fleet completed six races across the two days with shifty winds challenging the fleet in every race.
Local Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club sailors dominated with seven of the top ten placings, however, it was Woollahra Sailing Club’s Jack Littlechild who handled the conditions best to claim victory. Cameron Whiteside finished second with Alexander Bijkerk rounding out the podium in third.
There was also a strong female representation amongst the fleet with one third of entries being female competitors. The top placed girl was Paige Caldecoat from Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, however, she was pushed all the way by class newcomer Brooke Wilson who was just 4 points adrift. Third girl on count back was Charley Wells from the host club.
The competition proved a great regatta for those seven NSW/ACT sailors preparing for the World Laser 4.7 Championships in Kiel, Germany in just over one month’s time.
Thanks to Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and the NSW International Optimist Dinghy Association for organising the event and allowing the parents to get out and watch their kids racing in both Optimists and Laser 4.7’s at the same event.
– Tristan Brown