Laser Radial Worlds comes to Japan
Published on July 18th, 2019
Twelve races are planned for the Laser Radial Women’s and Men’s World Championship on July 19-24 in Sakaiminato, Japan. The Women’s event has 111 entries from 49 countries and the Men’s event has 33 entries from 5 countries. Competition will be particularly fierce in the women’s division as sailors are training for the 2020 Olympic Games, with the event to be used for countries to qualify for the games and determine their representative.
Report from the US Team:
Six athletes will be sailing under the American flag. Recently, US Sailing Team athletes, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), took 8th and 9th place, respectively, at the 2019 Laser Senior European Championships. Many of the athletes that competed at that event will also be racing at the World Championship.
Team USA athlete, Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) will also be competing at the 2019 World Championships. Later this summer, Rose will be representing the United States at the 2019 Pan-American Games, while Railey and Reineke are training for the Sailing Olympic Test Event.
In addition to competing for the title, this event will mark the beginning of the 2019 U.S. Sailing Olympic Trials for U.S. Laser Radial sailors. Under US Sailing’s qualification system, athletes may earn selection as early as next month or as late as spring of 2020. In either case, the results from the 2019 World Championships will set the stage for Olympic Selection.
U.S. Athletes Competing at Laser Radial World Championships:
• Lillian Myers (Sarasota, Fla.)
• Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
• Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
• Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas)
• Christina Sakellaris (Milton, Mass.)
• Hanne Weaver (Gig Harbor, Wash.)