Sailors love De­na­rau con­di­tions

Fiji Sun - - Sport - YEARS OF WIS­DOM PRAISE FOR VENUE Edited by Osea Bola leonec@fi­jisun.com.fj

Over 40 sailors from 12 coun­tries have ar­rived at the Sof­i­tel Re­sort and Spa ahead of the Ocea­nia Laser Class Masters Cham­pi­onship re­gatta which starts to­mor­row and ends of Fri­day at De­na­rau.

Ahead of the re­gatta, 10 sailors took part in a three- day clinic con­ducted 13-time World Laser Masters Cham­pion and one of the pre-em­i­nent laser coaches in the world, Brett Beyer. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a world cham­pion sailor he is also highly re­garded for his knowl­edge of the tac­ti­cal strat­egy of sail­ing and of sports psy­chol­ogy.” Koop said they are hop­ing to bring him back to Fiji in the fu­ture for more clin­ics aimed specif­i­cally at Ocea­nia sailors.

Com­peti­tors and of­fi­cials alike have been wax­ing lyrical about the sail­ing con­di­tions, which are far from those many are used to from Europe, north Amer­ica and also Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Ocea­nia Laser Class As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ken Hurl­ing, was also ef­fu­sive in his praise for the venue, hail­ing the fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties at the Sof­i­tel, the pris­tine wa­ters, and the won­der­ful Fi­jian hospi­tal­ity.

“This is a first class in­ter­na­tional sail­ing venue. It’s def­i­nitely on our list of places to come back to. “Be­ing blessed with ideal winds and weather and also cen­trally lo­cated for ac­cess from around Ocea­nia and the Asia/ Pa­cific and North­ern and South­ern re­gions of the Amer­i­cas”.

With the clinic now con­cluded, sailors will en­joy a rest day be­fore the re­gatta starts to­mor­row.

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