Local knowledge to aid pair
TORNADO catamaran skipper James Clark (25) and his crew Ben Taylor (35) will compete at the World Open and Mixed Global championships for the former Olympic yachting class at Nedlands Yacht Club from December 29.
“Because the world championships were coming up we thought we’d rent a Tornado and try it out,” Clark said.
Aged 16, he won the second division of the Tascat Regatta in Tasmania in a smaller Paper Moth catamaran.
He and Taylor, of North Fremantle, have been training twice a week for the past six months to prepare for the Tornado championship, when the 20ft-long, twin hulled craft could reach speeds up to 45km/h.
Championship organiser Paul Raymond said Perth was the preferred location chosen by international entrants.
Foreign competitors will include Tornado World Champions Dany Paschalidis and Trigonis Konstantinos from Greece and Germans Roland Gaebler and Nahid Gaebler who will defend their Mixed Title.
“Nedlands Yacht Club’s own Brett Burvill and Ryan Duffield will be hot contenders having lost by a whisker in the last race of the Open Title three years ago leaving them in third place,” Raymond said.
At last year’s championships in Ibiza, the WA pair was third but they hope to use local knowledge to lead on the Swan River.
Tornado flyers Ben Taylor and James Clark will take on the world at Nedlands Yacht Club.