Sailing a Laser dinghy at its optimum performance at national championship level not only requires seamanship and tactical skills, but also physical fitness, and yesterday the 141 competitors in the Audi Australian championships certainly needed to be fit.
With the west to south-westerly winds ranging from 5 to 30 knots, and more, during their five hours on the water to complete two races, the fittest sailors got the top results in all three Laser divisions, Standard Rigs, Radials and 4.7.
The three fleets spent more than five hours on the water today, sailing in two races totalling nine nautical miles, as well as having to re-start several races because of general recalls.
At least they have a lay day today because of the King of the Derwent keelboat race on the river.
After eight races in the Standard Rig (Olympic class) division, Burton heads the leader board with a net 11 points after a third and a second place yesterday. On 15 points is another NSW sailor Ashley Brunning on 15 points who also had a second and a third.
However, honours on the day went to Singapore sailor Colin Cheng with two wins, but he is still sixth overall.
In the Laser Radial class, still being sailed in two fleets, world champion Tristan Brown from Western Australia had two firsts yesterday to hold a one point lead over Victorian Thomas Vincent who also won both races in his fleet.
Heading the Laser 4.7 division is Australian champion Jack Felsenthal from Victoria continued to dominate the results, yesterday adding to more wins to his early five first places.