Mitch Kennedy, competing in this month's Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne.
Mitch Kennedy, competing in this month's Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne. Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy

Kennedy ready for anything Laser Aussie titles bring

WAVES, rolling sea and strong winds are the racing conditions Mitch Kennedy likes and expects in next week's Laser Australian Championships in Adelaide.

Kennedy learnt to race off Mooloolaba and he has maintained a training program that includes plenty of open water training to keep him sharp for big sea days.

"I don't mind it all, especially the big rolling swell. It's quite pleasant to sail,” Kennedy said.

"I am felling prepared for it all.”

He will be competing in a combined Laser standard class fleet with the masters sailors racing alongside the novices and the 2020 Olympic Games selection contenders.

This arrangement isn't new, but it does increase the trickiness of the competition as Kennedy and his fellow Australian Laser Team members weave their way around the less-experienced sailors as they race towards the highly sought-after podium places.

A top-four championship finish will help Kennedy gain qualification for the 2017 class world championships to be held in September in Croatia.

Since Kennedy's return to the water after an extended break, he has been with a group of the top five Australian Laser sailors.

They have done many training races in preparation for the national championship which Kennedy says will be a showdown to find who is the "top dog” in the group.

"I'm looking at the podium,” Kennedy said.

"I would be pretty disappointed if I wasn't on the podium after it all.”

Other Coast sailors to compete in the Laser national championships are Frazer Brew in the Laser 4.7s, and Indiabeau Laborie and Mark Kennedy, both racing Laser Radials.

In Hobart, a large contingent of Coast youth sailors will be competing in the 53rd Sabot Australian Championships which also start next week.

Hailey Lea, 15, is the oldest of the group.

This is her last Sabot class event before she starts competing in the Bic Techno 293 Youth World Championships campaign.

Others to compete in Hobart are Jack Smith, Chap Callanan, Chloe Lea, Max Robba, James Beveridge, and Jasmine and Sean Saunders.

Youth multi-hull sailor Ryan McVey and his father Todd will race in the A Class Australian Championships in Victoria.

"I bought a boat six weeks ago and just managed to purchase a good boat for Ryan, so it will be a road trip and a baptism of fire,” Todd said.



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