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BVI Jr Sailor Alec Anderson Lights Up Summer with 2 Overall Wins and 2 Top Ten Finishes

Starting off with the Laser Gulf Coast Champs and then Laser Radial North Americans both in Texas, Alec would use these two events as preparation for the Laser Radial Worlds in Largs Scotland, 2 ISAF Grade 3 Match race events in Chicago, and this year, marking the 3rd year before the Olympics, sailors from the Central Americans and Caribbean (CAC) got a chance to race amongst each other in Mayaguez Puerto Rico.

Using the first two events as preparation for the big ones, Alec would show hes ready by placing first in both.  Crowned the Laser Radial Gulf Coast champion, then 7 days later the Laser Radial North American champion, Alec would leave feeling confident and fast going into the second half of his summer.  With a quick stop into Halifax Nova Scotia, home of some of the fastest Laser sailors in the world, Alec would get 3 days of top notch training just to make sure everything was up to speed.  Arriving to the worlds in Largs Scotland Alec would team up with 3 sailors from the USA for 3 days training prior, to get accustomed to the cold rainy conditions.  The worlds would prove to be tricky event for not only the competitors but the race management with only 6 of the 12 races being able to be sailed over the 6 days.  Alec would start the event with a “Black Flag” which scores as a last plus one point for being over the starting line early.  This wouldn’t keep him from boasting some top results and capping it off with a 1st in race 6 to leave him 10th overall at the Laser Radial Worlds, out of 98 of the worlds best sailors.

Alec in Scotland

With a quick turnaround to Chicago to link up with BVI sailors Colin Rathbun and Chris Brocknank,  BVI Coach Chris Watters and Alec would cap off the remaining 2 sailors needed for the match race team, and compete in 2 International Sailing Federation Grade 3 match race events.  With Colin at the helm, Alec on mainsheet and tactics, Chris Watters trimming and Brockbank on the pointy end, Team BVI finished with an even record of wins to losses, and had a near second overall slip to a fifth in the very last race.

Alec in Scotland launching the laserTo cap the summer off would be the CAC games.  Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the top 3 sailors in each class.  Alec being in the largest of classes with 25 sailors and 14 countries represented. Again tricky conditions leave the race officers with only seven races out of the schedueled 12 over the 5 days.  This marking Alecs first big Laser full rig regatta, a very respectable 6th overall out of the 25 sailors leaves him with a taste for next years Pan Am games.  Alec will continue to sail this year for the Roger Williams Hawks in Rhode Island USA, and will look to compete in many international events starting with the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta in January.

Alec Anderson Results:

  • Laser Radial Gulf Coast Champs: 1st out of 67 racers
  • Laser North Americans: 1st out of 94 racers
  • Chicago Match Racing record: 11-13
  • Laser Radial Mens Worlds: 10th out of 98 racers
  • Laser Central America and Caribbean Games: 6th out of 25 racers

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