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Champions take gold on home waters

Thursday December 12, 2013 by  

World’s best sailors contest for their Olympic campaigns in Melbourne over December 1 – 8

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The second leg of the Grand Slam of Olympic class sailing, the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup successfully came to a close last week, with almost 600 competitors from 25 countries battling it out on Port Phillip from December 1 – 8 at Sandringham Yacht Club.

Australia’s 470 mens duo Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan at the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup.
Photo courtesy of Sport the library/Jeff Crow

Cementing their status as the best sailors in the world, Australian crews collected five out of 10 gold medals in the Olympic classes, as well as five silver and six bronze at the regatta, a major boost for their 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic campaigns.

Bruce Griffiths, Chairman of Sail Melbourne said, “The quality of competition at this year’s 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne was some of the best we have ever seen, evident in the closely-contested medal races across the weekend.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the event including our partners the Victorian Government and our wonderful staff and volunteers, as well as the many supporters and spectators who came down to Sandringham to enjoy the sailing action.” Read more

Medal Race weather window opens

Monday December 9, 2013 by  

Grey skies and a strong northerly wind greeted competitors on the final day of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Melbourne 2013.

The winds initially gusting above 30kts, forced officials to hold crews ashore. But a weather window emerged with perfect timing and the winds dropped sufficiently to allow Medals racing to get underway in all five Olympic classes, almost on time at noon.

Principal interest lay in the two new Olympic classes for Rio 2016: Read more

Medal haul for home team at Sailing World Cup

Sunday November 13, 2011 by  

The medal races have been run and won at the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup with home team Australia coming out on top at Sail Melbourne.

The 49er class was the first race contested with the Gold medal coming down to any of the top three crews. 2009 World Champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen went into the medal race with a four point lead over local sailors Sam and Will Phillips, with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand a further three points back.

The top three covered each other and Western Australian’s Steven Thomas and Jasper Warren ran away with the win, extending on every leg and winning the race comfortably. Read more

Race on for medals going into final day

Friday November 11, 2011 by  

Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, is set for an exciting finish on Saturday with the final positions in the majority of classes still to be decided.

Light winds tested all of the crews on Port Phillip Bay with tight racing the highlights of day five of Sail Melbourne.

Heading into the final day of racing the only classes where the Gold medals have been decided are the Laser class with Australia’s triple World Champion Tom Slingsby is 19 points clear, and the two Paralympic classes with Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain in control of the Skud 18 fleet and Australian Matt Bugg well ahead in the 2.4mR. Read more

Racing returns to Port Phillip Bay

Thursday November 10, 2011 by  

After heavy winds and storm warnings kept the majority of sailors on shore on Wednesday, more manageable conditions allowed for a full compliment of racing on day four of Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

The 49ers, who didn’t complete a race on day three, got four in today, with New Zealander’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke beginning the day in the lead, ahead of Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen.

The Australians started the day with a fourth, but improved dramatically as the pair rounded the day out with a first, second and a first to end up two points clear of their rivals, Burling and Tuke, who had a capsize in the third race while in second. Read more

Strong winds cancel racing on day three

Wednesday November 9, 2011 by  

Heavy winds have brought day three of Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, to a premature end, with gusts above 30 knots recorded on Port Phillip Bay.

After light winds kept sailors on shore for much of Tuesday it was the complete opposite on Wednesday, with the conditions testing those crews that did go racing.

The 470 classes, along with the Paralympic crews managed to complete one race while the RS:X got in two before the breeze picked up. Read more

Light winds test sailors in Melbourne

Tuesday November 8, 2011 by  

Light winds dominated day two of Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, testing the crews and race committees.

After a number of delays and aborted starts the majority of the fleets were able to get all of their races, with just the RS:X and Paralympic classes left on shore for the day.

After six races in the 49er fleet New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke lead by one point from Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, with Melbourne sailors, brothers Will and Sam Phillips in third. Read more

Close racing throughout the fleets on day one

Monday November 7, 2011 by  

The opening round of the 2011/2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup is off to a great start with close racing throughout the fleets on day one of Sail Melbourne at Sandringham Yacht Club.

A steady 10-12 knot breeze from the south-west, meant that generally the boat that crossed in the dominant position held on to win the heat.

In the 49er class each of the leading three crews had a poor start in one of the three races. At the end of the day Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand hold a one point lead over two Australian crews, Sam and Will Phillips and Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. Read more

Exciting finishes and upsets in medal races

Saturday December 18, 2010 by  

The opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne, has come to an end with close finishes and a number of upsets on the final day of racing.

The best laid plans went astray for the New Zealand 49er crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. They took a three point lead over Delle Nico and Nickolaus Resche into the double-points medal race, meaning the Austrians had to beat them by at least two places to win the gold medal.

The New Zealanders put their rivals into trouble early, forcing them into a pre-start infringement and the consequent 720 penalty turn. This pushed the Austrians to the right hand side of the course and with the wind tracking left, that appeared to be the unfavoured side. Read more

Series going right down to the wire

Friday December 17, 2010 by  

After three regattas in three states and 15 days of racing the 2010 Sail Down Under Series comes to a conclusion on Saturday with the final day of Sail Melbourne.

Heading into the final day of the 2010 series there is still plenty to play for with the majority of the classes set to go right down to the wire.

In the Laser class Ryan Palk has a two point lead over Tom Slingsby with James Burman three points further back in third, making it an all-Australian top three. Read more

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