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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

Mixed day for Aussie sailors

Thursday December 16, 2010 by  

Australian Sailing Team crews have had a mixed day four at the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne at Sandringham Yacht Club.

Jessica Crisp was the standout Australian Sailing Team member with two wins and a second place in the light and variable conditions to be in second overall, one point behind Hualz Zhu of China.

The RS:X fleet had a disrupted day with race one at 11am before being sent back to shore at the completion due to the light breeze. Late in the afternoon the sailors returned to Port Phillip Bay for another two races, with the second finishing in the twilight at 8.30pm. Read more

Australian sailors in the mix after two days

Tuesday December 14, 2010 by  

Australian crews have had a positive day’s racing at Sail Melbourne with Aussies leading the 470 and Laser classes, moving up the ladder in the 49er fleet and making promising starts in the Laser Radial and RS:X fleets.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page ended day two of racing with a two point lead over Americans Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl following their third, first and second place finishes in light breeze off of Sandringham Yacht Club.

“It was nice to get back on schedule, and we’ve now had four good races over the last two days,” said Page. “From here on we’ll be aiming to hold on to our lead, we’re trying some new equipment so have to develop that, develop ourselves within the boat as well so hopefully if we get a good performance in the rest comes in to play and the results will speak for themselves.” Read more

World’s best line up for Sailing World Cup

Thursday November 25, 2010 by  

The first leg of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne is shaping up to be a ‘clash of the titans’ as Australia’s best sailors prepare to compete alongside a host of formidable international challengers.

From December 12–18, 2010 the state-of-the art surroundings of Sandringham Yacht Club will play host to top sailing talent including Ben Ainslie, triple Olympic gold and silver medallist, three times ISAF World Sailor of the Year and Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor of all time.

He will battle it out in the Finn class with fellow Brits Ed Wright and Giles Scott, rivalry stemming from the fact that only one of them will ultimately win the right to represent the UK at the London Olympics. Read more

Sail Melbourne set to grow again in 2010

Wednesday September 15, 2010 by  

After an outstanding event last year, the first leg of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup will once again set sail in Melbourne, Australia. With increased action on and off the water , an even bigger Sail Melbourne will be held in the state-of-the art surroundings of Sandringham Yacht Club from December 12–18, 2010.

Sail Melbourne will once again be the first stop of the prestigious ISAF Sailing World Cup with teams then heading off to Miami, Palma, Hyeres, Medemblik and Kiel before finishing at Weymouth, England – the London 2012 Olympic venue, in September.

Peter Conde, Yachting Australia’s High Performance Director said: “This year we are expecting even bigger numbers of top international sailors. With so many renowned events happening across the country over the summer months, there’s no better time for the worlds’ best to come to Australia. Read more

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