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By: Ric Steuart

5th, 6th and 7th March 2016


The 2016 WA Laser Open States         



The City of Busselton welcomes the many sailors and volunteers who will flock to Geographe Bay over the March long weekend ( 5th , 6th and 7th ) to take part in the 2016 WA Laser Open States.


The City of Busselton is very proud to be a Gold sponsor of this premier yachting event and congratulates Geographe Bay Yacht Club on securing what promises to be a fantastic series.


The experience of sailing in Geographe Bay can only be matched by the fantastic bounty of wines, gourmet produce and great food on offer across the region which is one of WA’s most favourite tourist destinations. Those requiring accommodation should definitely book early and the Busselton Visitors’ Centre is an excellent first port of call.


Confirmed as starters are the cream of WA's Laser sailors with world radial youth champion and current state champion Conor Nicholas in attendance along with Richard Maher who took a second last year in the states.  Local Dunsborough 4.7 sailor Caelin Winchcombe has moved up and will be taking his challenge to the leaders in the radial fleet.  Alongside the men are two top female radial sailors Elyse and Jacinta Ainsworth, both whom have sailed at worlds and performed well. Current 2nd World U/16 youth male, Zac Littlewood has been hitting high notes in the 4.7's and has recently moved up to radials and will be sailing in the radial group for the Nationals and the Youth Championships in NSW before tackling  his hometown State championships in March.


Recently converting from an Optimist, Rome Featherstone has taken the 2015 YWA Youth State Championships in the 4.7 and will be attending along with current female State champion Zoe Thompson who has gone from strength to strength. Zoe will be sailing alongside local sailor Hailey Johnson of Busselton who came 2nd in last year’s laser States.


The masters have already promised a good showing with WALA president Bruce Utting, John Roberson and David Whait currently performing well. We hope to see several more coastal masters signing up for the event.


In the full rigs, there’s a real chance that WA favourite Matt Wearne will attend. Matt is currently ranked 5th in the world and given it’s an Olympic year, we assume his Olympic campaign will be his prime focus. Former radial national champion and current full rig state champion, Alistair Young, is on his way to Busselton as is Mark Spearman who took second in the 2015 states.  


G.B.Y.C's well skilled racing team will be assisted by Perth based race teams who will be coming down for the event.     


Rick Steuart

Perth Sailing Photography.

for WALA

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