Stransky’s home

Olympian Mara Stransky is home from representing Australia in the ILCA 6 class to sail in Airlie Beach Race Week with her parents.

15 August 2022


Australian Olympian Mara Stransky is among the record numbers taking part in the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s 34th Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW), which started off at Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Islands on Friday.

The 23-year-old competed at the 2020 Tokyo Games, representing in the Laser Radial class, these days known as the ILCA 6 class.

She’s also on track to represent Australia again at the Paris Games after winning gold at the Olympic classes Kiel Week in late June. However, she has strong Australian competition for the one place allocated per country in each sailing class.

Now, the sailor is back home between international competitions.

Home is her parents Andrew and Carolyn Stransky’s 15.6-metre catamaran, Fantasia on which Stransky has lived and still does when she’s in Australia.


“It’s really nice to be home and racing Fantasia with my family. It’s where all the racing started for me,” Stransky said.

Of her past year in the Olympic class, the Queensland sailor reported, “It’s been good to have a solid year in the class and be part of the Australian squad that is doing well.

“Four of us girls push each other hard at home in training and in competitions. I am really excited for the regattas and what is to come.

“The next event for us is the Worlds in October in Houston, Texas. I will train with the rest of the squad in Brisbane where the conditions are most like Texas.”

Fantasia and the family are no strangers to ABRW.

“This is our third one. We won at the Nationals in 2012 and won again in 2013,” Andrew said.

“We’ve lived on the boat since we launched it in 2009 and Mara comes back and stays on board when she’s not racing overseas.

“I am impressed and in awe of her persistence (with the ILCA 6). To think she could be the best woman sailor in the class in Australia. To have the dream is one thing, but to actually do it…

“She just had a regatta in Marseille and she finished fourth in that against Olympic medallists in the class. And she’s studying to be an engineer. She’s inspired me here at Airlie Beach,” he ended.

Going into Day 3 at Airlie Beach, Fantasia is fourth in Multihull Racing Division 2.

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing is being held from 11 to 18 August. It’s supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

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