AFLOAT: Emmett's joy in Laser Radial event

Dorset Echo: AT THE FRONT OF THE FLEET: Jon Emmett AT THE FRONT OF THE FLEET: Jon Emmett

GREAT Britain’s three-day Laser Europa Cup event drew to a close amid glorious racing conditions at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.

Battling against a light and shifty breeze on the opening day of the regatta, conditions slowly improved across the course during the weekend resulting in a full schedule of races across the Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and Laser Standard classes.

In the Laser Radial event, Jon Emmett, who is a member at Castle Cove Sailing Club, did enough in the final two races with a second and first to hold on to his overnight lead and claim event honours ahead of John Booth in second and Jack Aitken in third.

Emmett, who coached China’s Lijia Xu towards a gold medal in the Laser Radial at the London 2012 Olympic Games said: “I’m pleased with the victory but I certainly made hard work of it.

“We have got the Europeans coming up with the first race on the June 9 and I felt very rusty in the boat so this was a good opportunity to start again.”

In the Laser Standard, the British Sailing Team’s Podium Potential sailor Lorenzo Chiavarini – the under-21 World and European champion – revelled across the eight-race series and cemented his position at the top of the leaderboard, having led the event from the outset.

Elliott Hanson finished seven points behind in second with Jack Wetherell in third.

A Europa Cup victory in the Laser Radial female fleet went to Hannah Brant.

Hollowell Sailing Club’s Arran Holman was victorious in the Laser 4.7 class clinching Champ-ionship honours with three race wins from the eight race series.

Yet again, Portland provided a good mixture of conditions to test the sailors.

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