Sept 20th: QM Team return from Laser Masters Worlds
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 1:09:33 PM
A sure reflection of the current strength of the QM fleet was shown by the represented club numbers at the recent Laser Masters Worlds, with a total of 9 sailors representing QM across the fleets. This made QM the largest represented individual club at the event by some distance, so we can surely now call ourselves the 'World's Premier Laser Master Club'.
The event was sailed in conditions which ranged from 30+ knot winds and heavy seas for the start of the week, which moderated to light winds for the final few days. Results-wise, it was a mixed bag for team QM. The strongest showing from the club was in the Apprentice Fleet (35+), where Orlando Gledhill was top brit with 4th place overall. Val Nedyalkov was only a little further back in a very creditable 11th. Other QM regulars in the apprentice fleet were Mark Barnes in 17th and Steve Pears in 30th.
In the main Masters fleet (45+), some of the top QM sailors found the going tough and will have returned from the year's main event with some disappointment. Tim Law was the only QM man to make the gold fleet finishing 32nd overall, in what must have been a very competitive fleet. Tony Woods and Chris Ellyat will have been disappointed to have qualified for the silver fleet, but Woods made up for this by winning this fleet comfortably with Ellyat in 7th. In the Grand Master fleet Mike Hicks and Iain McGregor were 18th and 28th respectively.
No doubt the event was an excellent experience for all and we look forward to some good stories (and perhaps a regatta report for the website?) when they return top sailing at QMSC.