Laser SB20 World Championships 2010 – A Preview.
Date: Saturday 17th July 2010
Racing for the 2010 Volvo Laser SB3 World Championships begins on Monday 19th July and runs until Friday 23rd July at Torbole on Lake Garda, Italy. 108 entries represent 16 nations. 2 fleets will compete in a minimum of 6 qualifying races, before splitting into Gold and Silver Fleets for the finals races. 14 races are scheduled for the Championships. Racing will start at 1300 hrs on Monday 19th July.
The Laser SB3 class last enjoyed international competition on Lake Garda in 2005 when the European Championships were hosted at neighbouring town, Riva del Garda. Judging by the size of the fleet that have travelled to compete in the 2010 Volvo Laser SB3 World Championships, the choice of location for this event was correct!
The majority of the 108 boat fleet have now arrived in Torbole and rigging, registration and launching are well underway in the soaring temperatures delivered by the heat wave that Europe is experiencing.
The inevitable discussion of the favourite for the Championships Title is rife. There is talent a plenty and nobody is willing to place their life savings on an easy champion. Craig Burlton and crew, having recently won the Italian National Championship in Torbole, will defend his 2009 World Championships title. Geoff Carveth, 2008 Laser SB3 World Champion returns to the fleet in 2010. Russia is represented by Rodin Luca of 49er class fame. Luca recently made his presence felt in the Laser SB3 class at the Euro Cup hosted by the Ecole Navale at Morgat in France. Roger Hudson and Ian Ainslie join forces in one of the two South African “Race Ahead” boats, with the hope of glory in 2010, Roger having finished in second position at both of the previous world championships.
One practice race is scheduled for Sunday [tomorrow] at 1500 hrs leaving enough time for final preparations and those arriving late to switch into World Championship race mode in the morning.
One thing is certain, the competition will tough from the first to the last race and consistency will be crucial for the top boats.
A report and the results will be sent daily. Stay tuned to watch the action unfold.
Championship website: http://worlds2010.lasersb3.com