Whitsunday sailor crowned world champ in blokart event
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.