11 June 2016
Australian sailors have had another mixed day at the Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland overnight, with light, challenging conditions making for difficult racing. The full schedule of races was not completed today, with most classes only getting one race in, although there was no racing for the 49er FX class.
The light breezes proved successful for our 470 Women’s team of Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan. The pair won today’s single race, moving them up into fourth overall.
“Conditions today were quite light,” said Smith from Weymouth. “We got one race in. It was a solid race with a couple of big wind shifts. We sailed consistently and came away with the win. Everything came together for us today, which was great. Unfortunately we ran out of wind, so that was the end of racing for today.”
However, the day wasn’t so great for Ryan’s brother, Will Ryan who is teamed up in the 470 Men’s event with London 2012 Gold Medallist Mat Belcher. The Aussies were black flagged in the challenging conditions of today’s only race, dropping their overall placing to seventh. The Aussie men weren’t the only ones in this position with teams from Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy, Turkey, Germany and Great Britain all falling to the same fate.
Australia’s Olympic Laser representative, Tom Burton is revelling in the lighter breezes. The Lasers also only got one race in today, and Burton crossed the line in second place; meaning he holds onto the overall lead. Burton is five points clear of the second placed Jesper Stalhelm of Sweden with Great Britain’s Nick Thompson another three points behind in third overall.
“We’ve had a lot of waiting onshore today without a lot of wind,” said Burton when he came off the water just after 7pm local time. “We got one race away inside the harbour in 5-8 knots. We had nice flat water, and it was a good one for me, I clawed my way back to second, which keeps me in first overall.”
In the Nacra 17 class, Sydney-siders Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are lying ninth overall after a seventh place in today’s only race. Only 13 points split first place and tenth place in this fleet, so every place will count in the coming races.
In the Finn class, Australia’s Jake Lilley had a tough day in the light conditions, crossing the line in 10th place in today’s only race. This leaves his overall standing at tenth.
In the 49er FX Olivia Price and Eliza Solly remain in tenth position overall, after their fleet wasn’t able to get a race in today.
In the Laser Radial event, Ashley Stoddart is currently lying 28th overall, after posting a 17th in today’s only race. In the 49er Men, Australia’s Sam Gilmour and Cameron Seagreen are 23rd overall, having crossed the finish line in 13th position today.
Racing is planned for tomorrow through until Sunday 12 June when Medal Races will be held. These will be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv
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Australian Sailing Team and Squad at Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2016:
Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470W
- Carrie Smith (WAIS) and Jaime Ryan (QAS) – AST: 9, (13), 4, 1: 4th
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470M
- Mathew Belcher (QAS) & Will Ryan (QAS) – AST: 7, 14, 1, (29) BFD: 7th
- Patrick and Alexander Conway (NSW) – ASS: (19), 7, 12, 16: 16th
- Tom Klemens and Tim Hannah (VIC) – ASS: 16, 15, (22), 17: 23rd
Women's Skiff – 49erFX
- Olivia Price (NSW) and Eliza Solly (VIS) – ASS: 11.8DPI, (14), 4, 11: 10th
Mens’ Skiff – 49er
- Sam Gilmour (WAIS) & Cameron Seagreen: 4, (24), 24, 23, 13: 23rd
Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn
- Jake Lilley (QAS) – ASS: 9, 2, (10), 10: 8th
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
- Tom Burton (NSW) – AST: 2, 1, (17), 2: 1st
- Matt Wearn (WAIS) – AST: 3, 13, (27), 13: 10th
- Jeremy O’Connell (VIS) – ASS: (25), 22, 19, 12: 22nd
- Luke Elliott (WAIS) – ASS: 19, (26), 22, 14: 24th
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
- Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: (9), 6, 6, 8, 7: 9th
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Ashley Stoddard (QAS) – ASS: (34), 28, 18, 17: 28th
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