Jake Lilley will head to Europe buoyed with confidence after rounding out a highly successful Australian summer campaign by scoring a ‘picket fence’ to win the 2018 Australian International Finn Championships at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
Lilley was unbeaten across the first nine races to claim the title from Australian Sailing Team colleague Oliver Tweddell, and Australian Sailing Squad members Lewis Brake and Jock Calvert, who came third and fourth, respectively. It was the Rio Olympian's third consecutive regatta win after he took victory at Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney.
“After solidifying some equipment in Melbourne, it was another opportunity to try some different gear and see how all our hard work the past few months has held up,” Lilley said.
“I managed to race really well and win the event with a picket fence. It was a great event to round out the Australian Summer Season. Next it’s on to the European Championships in Cadiz in Spain this March to see how we stack up against the rest of the world.”
Lilley said he was thankful to Australian Sailing Finn coach Rafael Trujillo for his dedication and “super proud” of Brake for winning the U23 division.
“The Finn is experiencing great growth and going from strength to strength in Australia right now,” he said
“It's exciting times.”
Tweddell finished second in each race, except race five in which he took third behind Lilley and Brake.
“The Finn Nationals were a lot of fun with some tight racing,” Tweddell said.
“I felt I improved in certain areas that I’ve been working on and found it to be quite a tough venue to sail in.”
Tweddell said he was pleased to see the Australian Finn squad claim the top spots and the improvement by the junior sailors in the fleet.
“All in all it was a great week of racing and I’m looking forward to our big training block in Sydney before we head to Europe.”
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