World ti­tle in bag af­ter tight con­test

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

AQUINAS Col­lege stu­dent Conor Ni­cholas was crowned world cham­pion at the Laser Ra­dial Youth World Cham­pi­onship sail­ing re­gatta in Canada re­cently.

The Year 12 stu­dent has been sail­ing since he was seven and com­peted against teenagers from across the globe at the an­nual cham­pi­onship meet.

He sailed in the Portsmouth Olympic Har­bour in Kingston, Canada, which hosted the 1976 Olympic com­pe­ti­tion.

Ni­cholas said the qual­ity of the com­pe­ti­tion was re­flected in the tight score­board, with no com­peti­tor able to gain a real break at the top of the board un­til the fi­nal races.

Day five of the six-day re­gatta proved the de­cider as ad­verse weather pre­dic­tions brought Ni­cholas’s fi­nals race for­ward, and he was lead­ing by one point.

Rac­ing was aban­doned the fol­low­ing day due to wild weather and Ni­cholas was awarded the world cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

This was his third world cham­pi­onships re­gatta.

Ni­cholas be­gan sail­ing at South of Perth Yacht Club 10 years ago in a Pel­i­can.

He has rep­re­sented Aquinas mul­ti­ple times in in­ter­school teams rac­ing.

He is in his sec­ond year as a WAIS schol­ar­ship holder and trains six days a week.

Conor Ni­cholas was crowned world cham­pion at the re­cent Laser Ra­dial Youth World Cham­pi­onships in Canada.

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