Lighthouse to Leighton: race record shattered

Lighthouse to Leighton: race record shattered

ANOTHER international has claimed the Lighthouse to Leighton crown and he did so in style, shaving more than three minutes off the competition’s record fastest time.

France’s Nico Parlier left the rest of the competition in his wake, crossing the finish line in just 19 minutes and three seconds, smashing the previous record set by England’s Olly Bridge in 2014.

Germany’s Florian Gruber came in 47 seconds behind Parlier to nab second.

Spain’s Florian Trittel placed third.

Parlier said he felt he had the advantage early when Bridge broke his foil board.

“Right before the start, Olly broke his foil on a jump so he raced on the twin tip – I thought I then had a chance,” he said.

“It was a very good race; we had a really good wind and flat water.

“I’ll be back next year to do it again.”

Samson’s Alty Frisby was not to be outdone, winning the Marc Sprod Memorial Trophy for being the fastest WA finisher.

There was also a famous sportsperson of a different ilk in the competition, with Fremantle Docker Nat Fyfe finishing 69th in a time of 33 minutes.

In the women’s competition, Stephanie Bridge crossed the finish line first for the third straight year in a little under 25 minutes, followed closely by Russia’s Elena Kalinena and WA’s Theresa McKirdy.