Epic Showdown at Laser Radial Worlds
Published on August 17th, 2017
Racing for the Laser Radial Women’s and Men’s World Championships will be held August 21 to 26 in Medemblik, Netherlands. The two fleets of 100 women and 64 men representing 45 countries will represent the best the class has to offer.
The top five world-ranked sailors of the women’s class will be in fighting for the title of 2017 Laser Radial World Champion. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist and the last three world champions will be competing as well, setting the stage for high competition.
Marit Bouwmeester (NED), claimed gold in Rio and was named World Champion in Santander in 2014, her second world title after Perth in 2011. In 2015, Anne Marie Rindom (DEN) won the World Championships in Al Musannah, Oman, and in 2016 Alison Young (GBR) won the world title in Nayarit, Mexico.
Evi van Acker (BEL), currently leading the world rankings, and Bouwmeester will both be competing on what for both girls, feels like their home water.
In the Men’s division, returning five-time World Champion, Marcin Rudawski (POL) will be competing in the Laser Radial, along with Nik Pletikos (SLO) who placed second in the 2016 World Championship in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.