Whit­sun­day sailor crowned world champ in blokart event

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY lo­cal Bryn Wood­ing has been crowned a world cham­pion at the Blokart World Cham­pi­onships, held in Perth in Jan­uary.

The 56-year-old beat seven other com­peti­tors in the light­weight pro­duc­tion class to take out the world­wide ti­tle for the sport.

Wood­ing, who de­scribes him­self as “just a frus­trated sailor” be­came in­volved in land-yacht­ing when he moved from the Whit­sun­days to Mackay in 2002.

“Me and an­other cou­ple of en­gi­neer friends built our own land yachts and then found out about these things [blokarts], so we’d re-in­vented the wheel re­ally,” he said.

In about 2005, Wood­ing com­peted in his first cham­pi­onship event where he took out the Queens­land ti­tle. He then went on to win four na­tional ti­tles.

“And I’ve been wait­ing for the world’s to come to Aus­tralia for a long time,” he said.

When the time fi­nally came to com­pete in Perth, the light and shifty winds caused Wood­ing to strug­gle at first. Even­tu­ally though the fa­mous ‘Free­man­tle Doc­tor’ filled in and in the stronger breezes he romped home, win­ning 20 of the cham­pi­onship’s 30 races.

When asked what he thought his se­cret was, Wood­ing said he had sailed all his life “and it was just a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion from wa­ter to land”.

Now a sail-maker and liv­ing back in Air­lie Beach, he also said it was about at­ten­tion to sail trim.

Com­peti­tors in the light­weight pro­duc­tion class are limited to strictly one-de­sign blokarts, with ex­actly the same gear.

Wood­ing de­scribed the craft as user-friendly, safe, very fast and very ex­cit­ing to race.

CHAM­PION: Long­time lo­cal Bryn Wood­ing was crowned world cham­pion in the light­weight pro­duc­tion class at the Blokart World Cham­pi­onships held in Perth last month.

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