Youth sailor to contest first world championship
by Tracey Johnstone
FRAZER Brew has joined a large contingent of the Coast's youth dinghy class sailors who are in Brisbane this week for the annual Queensland Youth Week before heading to Belgium to contest his first world championship.
The 15-year-old is contesting the Laser 4.7 class which is a change from his recent regatta successes racing in the youth match racing events in Mooloolaba, Brisbane and Southport.
Joining him on the water is Jessica Sim, Max Williams and Jack Smith in the Laser 4.7, Hailey Lea in the Bic Techno, Sarah Johnson in the Laser Radial, Angus Sherring, Chap Callanan, James Beveridge, Seisia Mair, Chloe Lea and Caleb Palmer in the Sabot class.
The next stop for Frazer is Nieuwpoort, Belgium for the Laser 4.7 World Championship which starts on July 16.
He is travelling with 12 members of the Australian Laser Squad, all of whom qualified for the event based on last summer's national championship results.
Approaching his first world championship Frazer is showing few nerves.
"This will be the biggest regatta I have ever done,” Frazer said.
"I think it will be like a really big nationals with about three times as many boats. It's going to be good.”
Luckily, he joined an Australian squad training camp for five days in Brisbane prior to the start of this week's youth week.
On arrival in Belgium he will have another five-day training at the regatta venue working with the Australian Sailing Team's Laser 2016 Olympic team coach Michael Blackburn and former Noosa sailor Ryan Palk.
Frazer expects the conditions will be light which is not what he would like. In those conditions the talented sailor will be disadvantaged downwind as he is on the edge of the maximum weight for this class.
Unperturbed by this problem and with his plans to move into the Laser Radial class as soon as he returns to Australia, the world championship will be a fantastic performance development opportunity for Frazer.
"I want to learn heaps. I don't really know what to expect so I won't be trying to get place instead I will just see how I go,” Frazer said.