Laser-guided win

• Fremantle Sailing Club Youth Sailors are achieving big on the world stage as part of the Australian team (above), with Michael Compton (below) picking up a world championship.

FREMANTLE’S young sailors are having a stellar season overseas, with Michael Compton picking up a world championship just last week.

The Fremantle Sailing Club member backed up his win at last year’s under-16 laser radial championship to take out this year’s under-17 gold medal at the Kingston Yacht Club in Canada.

“I had to mirror the phoenix and come back from the shadows,” Compton said of his win after a challenging start to the regatta.

Fellow FSC member Zac Littlewood finished seventh overall out of a field of 160 male and 48 female competitors.

Freo was well represented in the Australian team, with four sailors and both support coaches coming from FSC.

Snag gold

Over in Poland last weekend, local sailors Axel Fleet and Kieran Bucktin won the under-17 gold medal at the world championships for the 29er class, while Matt Wearn picked up silver at the laser standard championships in Tokyo and Zoe Thompson used the same meet to qualify Australia for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Also in Poland, Littlewood – who’s considered a medal hope for the Olympics – came agonisingly close to another championship in a boil-over in the final race. An intense personal battle with fellow front-runner Tytus Putowski – sailing in front of his home crowd – came unstuck when they got stuck in the middle of the fleet, allowing Turkey’s Yigit Yalcin to come from nowhere to snag gold. Littlewood just pipped Putowski for silver as the pair finished on the same points but he’d won more races.

FSC marketing and events coordinator Carolina Zanon said the club’s Learn to Sail program had been a great way for youngsters to get a foot into the sport, although they were also open to adults.

“Try Sail is a free course open to kids 7-10 years old and runs during the summer sailing season,” Ms Zanon said.

She said a keelboat course was aimed at engaging adults and run four Sunday mornings throughout the year.

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