FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAKAIMINATO CITY, Japan (July 18, 2019) – On Friday, July 19, racing at the 2019 Laser Radial World Championships will begin in Sakaiminato City, Japan. At this year’s edition of the event, 111 competitors representing 49 countries, will be vying for the title of 2019 World Champion.
Six athletes will be sailing under the American flag. Recently, US Sailing Team athletes, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), took 8th and 9th place, respectively, at the 2019 Laser Senior European Championships. Many of the athletes that competed at that event will also be racing at the World Championship.
Team USA athlete, Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) will also be competing at the 2019 World Championships. Later this summer, Rose will be representing the United States at the 2019 Pan-American Games, while Railey and Reineke are training for the Ready Steady Tokyo, Sailing Olympic Test Event.
In addition to competing for the title, this event will mark the beginning of the 2019 U.S. Sailing Olympic Trials for U.S. Laser Radial sailors. Under US Sailing’s qualification system, athletes may earn selection as early as next month or as late as spring of 2020. In either case, the results from the 2019 World Championships will set the stage for Olympic Selection.
A total of 12 races are scheduled for the 2019 Laser Radial World Championships. Racing will begin on Friday, July 19 and conclude on Wednesday, July 24.
U.S. Athletes Competing at Laser Radial World Championships:
- Lillian Myers (Sarasota, Fla.)
- Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
- Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas)
- Christina Sakellaris (Milton, Mass.)
- Hanne Weaver (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
As the primary sponsor of the US Sailing Team, Kilroy Realty provides direct support to the national team athletes at all Selection Events, including the 2019 Class World Championships.
Information and Coverage:
- Click here to view the full entry lists.
- Results will be available here after racing, on July 19, 2019.
- For daily updates, follow the US Sailing Team on social media.
US Sailing Team Press Contact:
Brittney Manning; OlympicCommunications@ussailing.org
About the US Sailing Team
The US Sailing Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. US Sailing names the top Olympic class athletes to the team annually, through both event qualification and at the discretion of team leadership. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing, and communications support. US Sailing Team sponsors include partners Kilroy Realty, Helly Hansen, Harken, McLube, Groupe Beneteau, and Marlow Ropes. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics.