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As the Laser European & World Championships reach the second day of the Final Series out from Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay, winds are set to be much lighter – northwesterly from 4-8 knots. That promises to be the lightest conditions yet which may well shuffle the results a little in each of the classes. And, given a few of the aches and pains which were reported around the boat parks at the National Yacht Club and the Royal St George after yesterday’s 20 knot plus races, the quieter stuff might be a timely change. 

Defending Laser Radial World Champion Tristan Brown leads the overall standings in the men’s fleet, holding Poland’s three times world champion Marcin Rudawski at bay by a comfortable 12 points after winning five races so far. 

Brown is from Fremantle, WA and is coached by Arthur Brett. He admits that his sailing has improved a lot since he started working as a training partner to Holland’s Marit Bouwmeester. He trained with her on his home waters as she built up to Perth 2011, the ISAF Sailing World Championships where Bouwmeester won the Women’s Radial World Championship. Brown has won two Australian national titles as well. He is going well, but is finding the chilly weather a factor. “It is pretty tricky with the weather, the clouds and things make it very shifty. It is quite challenging and the cold is a bit of a factor. Apparently this is good weather” Brown comments. 

Of his pre-regatta expectations and hopes he says “You get here never really knowing how you are going to go. But it is going well so far. I have managed to stay consistent I guess. I’ve been training with the youth guys at Fremantle Sailing Club where Arthur Brett coaches us who used to coach Tom Slingsby.” 

To help pay for his sailing costs he works in a plastics factory “I work as well, doing some coaching. I work as a ‘slave’ in a plastics factory, sorting out little plastic things to pretty much pay for my sailing. I have been doing a fair bit of training, working with Marit Bouwmeester, so before I came here I did some training in Rio with her. She is really good and that has helped a lot. That started when she came out to Fremantle to train before Perth 2011 (where she won the World title), for a couple of years for a month at a time.” 

He is looking forwards to the lighter winds promised today but is taking nothing for granted. “I just have to keep chipping away and see how it goes. The last worlds were in Brisbane and so there were not so many internationals there. So it would mean more to win here. There are some good young Irish guys here. Marcin Rudawski, the Polish guy who has won three worlds (2009 in Japan, 2010 in Scotland and 2011 in France), is going well, so there are plenty there who are capable of winning races. It is good to get a mix of conditions over the course of the event


 


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