Kiel Week Day 3: Shifty Winds Test Australia's Best

Kiel Week Day 3: Shifty Winds Test Australia's Best

Determined racing has pushed some Australian Sailing Team and Squad members up their respective leaderboards - including Nathan Outteridge and

Determined racing has pushed some Australian Sailing Team and Squad members up their respective leaderboards - including Nathan Outteridge and Haylee Outteridge, who won a gold fleet race in the Nacra 17 - but Rio silver medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in the 470 and Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin in the Nacra 17 each fell back a spot as the Kiel Week regatta headed towards its climax.

Belcher and Ryan were consistent in their opening three finals races, capturing a 3, 4 and 3, but it wasn’t enough to prevent to prevent them being overtaken into second spot by Britons Luke Patience and Chris Grube, who scored two bullets. The Australian World Champions are three points off the leaders from Sweden.

Waterhouse and Darmanin scored 6, (18) and 5 in their three first finals races to relinquish top spot, but two other Nacra 17 crews made ground on the head of the fleet. The Outteridge siblings, in their first regatta together, won the second finals race, helping them rise to 11th overall from 18th the previous day, and Conor Nicholas and Hayley Clark moved into 14th from 20th.

Conor Nicholas and Hayley Clark give their rundown on the day's racing. 

“It was really shifty, windy, really tricky on the race course,” Nicholas said. “You had to be really observant to see what the shifts were doing. There was really close, tight racing, which was really exciting for us. Being our first event together, we’re learning lots each day and trying to make the least amount of mistakes as possible.”

Clark said she enjoyed getting into Nacra racing after her experience in the 49erFX.

“We had a really good day, racing pretty well upwind and just got to get a bit more confident downwind to fly it a bit higher,” she said. “We’re improving everyday.”

In the 470W, Dana Tavener and Katherine Shannon crept up to 15th, up from 20th, after Race 7, owing to better starts, while 49er team David Gilmour and Joel Turner adapted to the solid breeze to improve four places to 12th after their opening three gold fleet races. Kurt Hansen and Harry Morton lifted five spots to 33rd. Rio Olympian Jake Lilley is the best-placed Australian in the Finn, holding 15th place. Our Laser Radial sailors enter their finals with Mara Stransky best-placed, in 13th, while Zoe Thomson’s 4, 10 and 6 lifting her to 16th from 53rd.

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AST AND ASS REPRESENTATIVES AT KIEL

470 (Gold fleet)

Mat Belcher/Will Ryan - 1, 2, (13), 2, 3, 4, 3 - 3rd

Chris Charlwood/Josh Dawson - 6, 14, 9, 11, 14, 5, (17) - 15th

Nacra 17 (Gold fleet)

Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin - 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 6, (18), 5 - 2nd

Nathan Outteridge/Haylee Outteridge - 6, (DSQ), DNC, 3, 2, 10, 1, 3 - 11th

Conor Nicholas/Hayley Clark - (DNS), 15, 13, 5, 4, 9, 17, 6 - 14th

Paul Darmanin/Lucy Copeland - 4, 7, 15, 12, 12, 13, 10, (DNC) - 17th

470W

Nia Jerwood/Monique de Vries - 10, 14, (UFD), 9, 11, 9, 8 - 12th

Dana Tavener/Katherine Shannon - (23), 13, 13, 21, 6, 18, 13 - 15th

49er (Gold fleet)

David Gilmour/Joel Turner - 11, (16), 11, 3, 8, 14, 5, 8 - 12th

Kurt Hansen/Harry Morton - (27), 17, 7, 18, 25, 36, 14, 25 - 33rd

Lachy Gilmour/Ryan Donaldson - 22, (31), 19, 20 , 17, 9, 21, 5 - 49th (Silver fleet)

Finn

Jake Lilley - 13, 14, 29, 19, (31), 6 - 15th

Oli Tweddell - 7, (BFD), 25, 48, 4, 10 - 22nd

Jock Calvert - 20, 23, 28, 16, 35, (50) - 28th

Lewis Brake - 35, (BFD), 43, 52, 49, 40 - 50th

Laser Radial

Mara Stransky - 7, 4, (10), 7, 8 - 13th

Zoe Thomson - 11, (BFD), 4, 10, 6 - 16th

Elyse Ainsworth - 12, (BFD), 8, 7, 16 - 22nd

Kiel Week Day 2: Waterhouse/Darmanin Maintain Lead As Outteridges Hit Their Straps

Australia’s top Nacra 17 and 470M crews are set for gold fleet racing after consolidating their Day 1 efforts at

Australia’s top Nacra 17 and 470M crews are set for gold fleet racing after consolidating their Day 1 efforts at the Kiel Week regatta in Germany.

World Champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan sailed a discarded 13 in Race 3 but responded with a 2 in the following qualifier to grab second place, while Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson were able to drop their Race 2 14th placing with a 9 and 11 to hold 19th.

All four Nacra 17 Australian Team and Squad crews had good results. Overnight leaders Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin maintained their grip on first place with a 2 and (3), as newcomers to the class, Nathan Outteridge and Haylee Outteridge, overcame their Day 1 hiccups to secure a 3 and 2 and move up from 34th to 18th place.

“It was a much better day for us than it was yesterday,” Nathan Outteridge said.

“We kept out of trouble, kept it upright. It was pretty windy and we’re slowly learning how to make this Nacra go.

“We had a good puff going to the finish, racing with the British and Kiwis, and we clocked 27 knots, which was, I think, definitely a record for us on the boat. And we managed to keep it all in one piece and get through to the finishing line.”

Haylee Outteridge said the brother and sister duo were “learning on the go”.

“Since we started the regatta, we’ve had a lot of firsts - the first time going around marks and first time starting on a start line,” she said.

“So every race we’re getting completely new situations that we haven’t seen ourselves in before.”

Fellow Nacra crews Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland, and Conor Nicholas and Hayley Clark, discarded a Day 1 results with consistent Day 2 outcomes.

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AST AND ASS REPRESENTATIVES AT KIEL
470
Mat Belcher/Will Ryan - 1, 2, (13), 2 - 2nd
Chris Charlwood/Josh Dawson - 6, (14), 9, 11 - 19th

Nacra 17
Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin - 1, 1, 1, 2, (3) - 1st
Nathan Outteridge/Haylee Outteridge - 6, (DSQ), DNC, 3, 2 - 18th
Paul Darmanin/Lucy Copeland - 4, 7, (15), 12, 12 - 19th
Conor Nicholas/Hayley Clark - (DNS), 15, 13, 5, 4 - 20th

470W
Nia Jerwood/Monique de Vries - 10, 14, (UFD), 9 - 13th
Dana Tavener/Katherine Shannon - (23), 13, 13, 21 - 20th

49er
David Gilmour/Joel Turner - 11, (16), 11, 3, 8 - 16th
Kurt Hansen/Harry Morton - (27), 17, 7, 18, 25 - 38th
Lachy Gilmour/Ryan Donaldson - 22, (31), 19, 20 , 17 - 47th

Finn
Jake Lilley - 13, 14, (29) - 19th
Oli Tweddell - 7, (BFD), 25 - 22nd
Jock Calvert - 20, 23, (28) - 29th
Lewis Brake - 35, (BFD), 43 - 45th

Laser Radial
Mara Stransky - 7, 4 - 9th
Zoe Thomson - 11, BFD - 53rd
Elyse Ainsworth - 12, BFD - 55th

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