Held in the city of Kiel, Germany, the Laser 4.7 World Championship 2016 saw a week of racing from the 2 to the 8 August 2016.
Organised by the Kieler Yacht Club under the authority of the International Laser Class Association (ILCA), the Laser 4.7 World Championship attracted an entry of 262 boys and 127 girls coming from over 38 countries.
The event was held at the renowned Kiel-Schiksee Olympic Centre, which was built in 1972 when Germany was the host nation for the Olympics that year and the sailing event was held at this same venue. For the past four decades, it has been the host to many other big sailing events.
The Laser Class is, by far, the most competitive class in sailing with the most number of members. The Laser 4.7 is not an Olympic class but the sailors will eventually move on to the Laser Radial and Laser Standard classes – which are both Olympic classes.
A total of five young sailors represented Singapore at the championship led by coach Tracey Tan and Team Manager Mervyn Kwok, and all fiver were ranked within the top half of the fleet.
Lu Junrui put forth the strongest performance, placing 14th overall out of a total of 262 boats. Fellow Singapore sailors Darrell Lim finished in 41st, Lee Wonn Kye in 53rd, Aloysius Lim in 72nd and Simone Chen in 94th.
It was the first world championship event for everyone, except for Junrui who is the oldest in the team and competed in the world’s event in 2015 where he finished 20th overall.