Water Sports

Homegrown talent shine at Surf Open

Friday March 3, 2017 by  

In pristine conditions at Manly Beach, Julian Wilson, Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons turned in masterclass performances at Day 7 of the Australian Open of Surfing (AOS).

All three big guns dominated their heats to book themselves places in the final weekend of competition.

The top seeds of the Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro and Men’s Comp didn’t disappoint, with Wilson moving through to Round 4, along with Aussie pros Mikey Wright (Culburra), Mitch Crews (Gold Coast), Adam Melling (Lennox Head), Ryan Callinan (Newcastle) and defending AOS champion Dion Atkinson (Adelaide). Read more

Big guns of Surf storm Manly

Wednesday March 1, 2017 by  

The sun brought out the best in surfing today as the big guns hit the waves for the first time for day five of the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) at iconic Manly Beach.

Top seeded Men’s Pro Julian Wilson surfed a perfect 10 with electrifying aerial moves, while Aussie CT pros dominated in the water throughout Round 3 of the Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro.

In stormy three-foot peaks, Aussie women notched the highest scores in 7 out of 12 heats, with local favourites moving through including world champ Tyler Wright (2016 WCT 1), Sally Fitzgibbons (2016 WCT 8), Nikki Van Dijk (2016 WCT 11), Keely Andrew (2016 WCT 14), Bronte Macaulay (2016 WCT 17). Read more

Sun outshines rain at Manly

Tuesday February 28, 2017 by  

The elements didn’t slow the action for day four of the Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) at iconic Manly Beach.

Today saw Round 1 (heats 4 – 24) of the Men’s Division run with women’s world champion Tyler Wright’s younger brother Mikey Wright hit the waves for the first time in a bid to emulate his sister’s success.

After sitting on the competitive bench for a chunk of the last eight months due to an ankle injury, Wright got his AOS campaign off to a flying start, posting two near-excellent scores in the 7.50 range. Read more

The Countdown to Manly beach is on

Monday January 30, 2017 by  

World-class surfing competitions, premier actions sports, live Australian music concerts, nautical beach club pop-ups, art and photo installations and handcrafted local brews, are just some of the seaside offerings that will hit iconic Manly Beach when the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing (AOS) kicks off from February 25 to March 5.

The nine-day, free beach festival will attract world-class surfers – including newly crowned women’s world #1 Tyler Wright – to the birthplace of Australian surfing, in addition to more than 325,000 beach-lovers of all ages from across the world.

Out of the surf, a new partnership with Vans will bring premier skate and BMX competitions to the event, with AOS 2017 hosting the first stop of the 2017 Vans Park Series (VPS) World Championships, the official VPS Oceania Championships for men and women, and the seasonal kick off to the Vans BMX Pro Cup inaugural series. Read more

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

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