Lo­cal knowl­edge to aid pair

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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