From 21 – 26 August 2017, the world’s best Laser Radial sailors will participate in the first World Championships held in the Netherlands since the Laser Radial became an Olympic-class boat in 2008. The two fleets of 100 women and 64 men representing 45 countries will sail two races back-to-back each day.
The top five world-ranked sailors of the women’s class will be in Medemblik 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.
Current World Ranking Women’s Laser Radial Class
1. Evi van Acker (BEL)
2. Mathilde de Kerangat (FRA)
3. Emma Plasschaert (BEL)
4. Mamami Doi (JPN)
5. Silvia Zennaro (ITA)
19 & 20 August: Registration and Measurement
21 – 24 August: Qualifying Races – 2 races per day
25 & 26 August: Finals – 2 races per day
The time of the first warning signal on 21-26 August will be 10:55. Each day succeeding races will be started as soon as possible after the finish of the previous race. Any race whose warning signal is not made by 15:00 on the last day of the championship will be abandoned and not resailed.
Results, photos and short videos from the water will be published on:
Twitter account of the International Laser Class
The photographer on site will be Thom Touw
* Instagram International Laser Class
* Facebook ILCA
* Facebook Dutch Laser Association
* Event Facebook page
* The event hashtag is #radialworlds