The 2016 WA RC Laser State Championships hosted by WAnderers Radio Sailing Club was held at the South Perth Lake on Sunday 13 November.
A perfect Perth spring day was in store for the nine competing RC Lasers with easterly breezes in the morning and a SW sea breeze in the afternoon.
The morning course with its variable easterly breeze saw the fleet on A-sails with multiple race winners throughout the morning.
Early leader was Dave Pruden with the rest of the fleet engaged in close competition looking for the shifts. Honours were evenly spread with Brian, Dave and Garry successful early on when the breeze freshened up.
After lunch, the fleet changed to B-sails as a moderate sea breeze arrived and a new course was set.
This saw Rod, Fred (with C-sail) and Andy pick up the pace to give Dave some tough competition.
All in all, 17 heats were sailed and with overall consistency being important, the end results were very close.
Nearly all skippers in the fleet received a placing in the heats throughout the day.
Once scores were tallied, Dave Pruden was crowned our State Champion again for this year, followed by Rod in second place and Fred narrowly jumping into third by one point from Dave Bedford to round out the podium.
Huge thanks goes to our Secretary, Dave Bedford, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get the event up and running. Not to mention our PRO, Glen Dawson, and Ian from RSAWA both of whom worked hard throughout the day setting courses, starts and scoring.
Glen’s role as PRO was exceptional with our usually casual and social sailors receiving great assistance from him with sailing rules interpretations and setting up sails.
Overall, it was a great day’s sailing for all.
Thanks to Adam for the photos and to our expat Brit Andy and newbie Lachlan for coming along and joining in the regatta.
The final 2016 WA RC Laser State Championships scores are published below: