WSC sail­ing of­fi­cer re­ports from Ja­pan

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Sail­ing Club’s Ross Chisholm has been in Ja­pan for the Tasar World Cham­pi­onship.

The tasar is a four me­tre per­for­mance dinghy de­signed by leg­endary de­signer Frank Beth­waite.

The world cham­pi­onship has been held in Ga­m­agori, on the south east coast of Ja­pan’s main is­land, Hon­shu.

With 97 com­pet­ing boats, it is a spec­ta­cle to watch and be part of the ac­tion.

Com­peti­tors in­clude past and present world cham­pi­ons, in­clud­ing sev­eral Olympic sailors.

With a ty­phoon de­vel­op­ing to the south of Ja­pan, the re­gatta has been un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally windy.

As a re­sult, the Amer­i­can fleet, headed by for­mer world cham­pion Jonathon McKee and Libby John­son McKee, dom­i­nated the fleet to take out their fourth world cham­pi­onship in this class.

The best of the Aus­tralians were past world cham­pi­ons Chris Dance sail­ing with Jeremy Elm­s­ley (2nd) and fa­ther/daugh­ter com­bi­na­tion of Rob and Nic Dou­glass (3rd).

Mr Chisholm, who is in­volved in his third tasar word cham­pi­onship, has been en­gaged as a mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional jury, over­see­ing com­pli­ance with the rules of the sport.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter this event, he was rush­ing back to Air­lie Beach to over­see the run­ning of the Air­lie Beach Race Week, an event he has been in­volved in for many years.

“I only (got) back on Tues­day af­ter­noon and, with the re­gatta start­ing on Thurs­day, there is not much time to fi­nalise prepa­ra­tions,” he said.

“As the re­gatta chair­man and prin­ci­pal race of­fi­cer, I have a lot to fin­ish off.

“For­tu­nately, I have a great group of vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers who can achieve a lot in my ab­sence.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WORLD CHAMPS: The Tasar world cham­pi­onship held in Ga­m­agori, Ja­pan with 97 boats com­pet­ing.

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