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Aussies continue their march at Laser World Championships 

Aussies continue their march at Laser World Championships  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Australia’s Matt Wearn and Tom Burton continued their good run at the Laser World Championships in Mexico overnight, with both the Aussies moving up the Gold Fleet leaderboard during day five of racing.  Wearn is currently lying fourth overall and Burton equal fifth after 10 races.  There are two days of racing remaining. 

 

Wearn posted two good results today.  After a challenging day yesterday, the West Australian came back to cross the finish line in second place in today’s first race, just behind the Cypriot Pavlos Kontides who won both of today’s races.   

 

The fleet continues to be led by defending world champion, Nick Thompson of Great Britain, who is four points ahead of Frenchman, Jean-Baptiste Bernaz.  Brazil’s Robert Scheidt is currently in third place overall, but only three points ahead of Matt Wearn. 

 

Other Aussies competing at the regatta include Mitchell Kennedy, who is currently 42nd; Luke Elliott 45th; Mark Spearman 46th and Jeremy O’Connell 47th. 



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Entries open for the 2016/17 CYCA Youth Sailing Academy regatta schedule

Entries open for the 2016/17 CYCA Youth Sailing Academy regatta schedule | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA), Youth Sailing Academy today announced their upcoming regatta schedule for 2016/17 along with a new partnership with Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC).

 

The Youth Sailing Academy’s (YSA) regatta schedule for 2016/17 features four major events, the Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship, Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta, Australian Youth Match Racing Championship and the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship.

 

The Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship, will feature 10 teams from across the state and country and is a lead up event to the all-important Australian titles. The championship will take place at the CYCA on the weekend the 6th- 7th August.



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Bronze to Burton only Australian medal from Sailing World Cup Weymouth 

Bronze to Burton only Australian medal from Sailing World Cup Weymouth  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

The best of Weymouth and Portland was on show on Sunday as ten gripping Medal Races brought the final Sailing World Cup event before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to a close.

Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland was the final opportunity for sailors to test themselves at an elite, official event before the summer showcase in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Medal Races provided a glimpse of what is to come at Rio 2016 with those aiming to peak for the Olympic Games topping the podium. A consistent south westerly 10-14 knot breeze ensured a bumper day of live Medal Races in Portland Harbour. Great Britain were the big winners, claiming 13 medals on their home waters.

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Waterhouses win at Hobie 16 Masters Worlds

Waterhouses win at Hobie 16 Masters Worlds | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

After a series of 15 races over four steamy days, Rob and Kerry Waterhouse from Australia have won the Masters division of the 21st Hobie 16 World Championships in Dapeng, China. Despite the fact that the Australians led the series from the very first race and were never headed in the regatta it was always an amazingly close contest. Positions fluctuated at the top from race to race and everyone in the top five had a chance to win going into the fourth and final day of this incredible series.

“It’s been quite and amazing event back to back. Kerry and I are pretty close we have been sailing together for 40 years now on Hobies so we really know each other’s game and we support each other through good and bad. From the start we looked at the competition and thought that it’s pretty serious the Masters series this year, in fact I believe the open world champion will come out of it.

It has been a sensational regatta so far with wind and racing everyday and among spectacular scenery and a beautiful beach. Tomorrow the Great Grand Masters, the Grand Masters, the Women and Youth divisions take to the water, it’s going to be another great Hobie day in South Eastern China.

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Competitors reach halfway mark in CYCA Winter Series

Competitors reach halfway mark in CYCA Winter Series | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

It was warm but brittle on Sydney Harbour for Race 5 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Land Rover Winter Series on Sunday, but finally enough breeze on the race track to allow the fleet to sail the full course, so competitors came ashore happy after a couple of weeks of incredibly light winds and shortened courses.

 

The race marked the series pointscore halfway point, and Les Goodridge was happy to make good handiwork of Division B with his Wax Lyrical, sailing her to a massive five minute win over Philip King’s Salona 44, Last Tango.

 

“The weather was probably perfect for my boat (an X-50 design). The wind was just enough to get us going. Wax Lyrical doesn’t sail well in very light or very heavy winds, as she is too heavy for one and we don’t have the right sails for the other,” Goodridge said.

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Three Aussies extend their leads at Laser Masters World Championship

Three Aussies extend their leads at Laser Masters World Championship | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

It was another great day of sailing for the Laser Standard Masters Worlds in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico as the sea breeze once again filled in on schedule and provided two excellent races in pristine Laser sailing conditions.

Starting in a 10 knot, southwest breeze, the day’s first race saw a few shake-ups in the standings. The level of competition is extremely high at this world championship event, and even the best sailors find it hard to come back from mistake.

 

Great Grand Master, Mark Bethwaite of Australia, continues his domination of his that division by posting two more first place finishes. Doug Peckover from USA worked hard to take a pair of second place finishes on the day, holding off Australian John Roberson in the first race and Canadian John Dawson-Edwards in the second.

After three days of hard racing, tomorrow is a scheduled day off for the sailors. Golf, sightseeing, fishing or just relaxing on the beach will provide a well-deserved break for the competitors and the regatta volunteers alike. Racing continues on Thursday, 25 May with two more races in the 12-race series.

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Para World Sailing Championship has selection at stake for Australia's SKUD18 sailors 

Para World Sailing Championship has selection at stake for Australia's SKUD18 sailors  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

The Para Worlds are the last chance to impress ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

 

Titles and Paralympic national selection are up for grabs when the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships begins at the International Sailing Centre Medemblik, Netherlands from 24 May to 28 May.

 

The 2.4 Norlin OD, SKUD18 and Sonar fleets sail in the waters of Medemblik with one eye on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition in September and the chance to go in to the summer Games as world champions.


Chasing the relaxed Australian team are Great Britain's Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell. Although the pair can boast to be the most decorated SKUD18 sailors in the fleet holding five world titles from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well as London 2012 bronze, they have been second best to their rivals over recent events. The Briton's will be determined to regain their world title and get one over on their rivals by firing a psychological shot ahead of Rio 2016, a shot which could help them improve on their previous Paralympic bronze.

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Aussies continue their march at Laser World Championships 

Aussies continue their march at Laser World Championships  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Australia’s Matt Wearn and Tom Burton continued their good run at the Laser World Championships in Mexico overnight, with both the Aussies moving up the Gold Fleet leaderboard during day five of racing.  Wearn is currently lying fourth overall and Burton equal fifth after 10 races.  There are two days of racing remaining. 

 

Wearn posted two good results today.  After a challenging day yesterday, the West Australian came back to cross the finish line in second place in today’s first race, just behind the Cypriot Pavlos Kontides who won both of today’s races.   

 

The fleet continues to be led by defending world champion, Nick Thompson of Great Britain, who is four points ahead of Frenchman, Jean-Baptiste Bernaz.  Brazil’s Robert Scheidt is currently in third place overall, but only three points ahead of Matt Wearn. 

 

Other Aussies competing at the regatta include Mitchell Kennedy, who is currently 42nd; Luke Elliott 45th; Mark Spearman 46th and Jeremy O’Connell 47th. 



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Australian Jason Day wins golf's The Players Championship by four shots

Australian Jason Day wins golf's The Players Championship by four shots | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Australian Jason Day has secured his second wire-to-wire victory of 2016 by clinching The Players Championship by four strokes.

 

By the end of the round, Day’s 15-under victory was so convincing and his confidence so assured that the World Number One was even visibly disappointed when his 50 foot birdie putt on the iconic 17th missed the hole.

 

Despite carding two bogeys on his front nine, Day’s four shot lead going into the final round was never really under any threat when his two closest chasers, American Ken Duke and playing partner Hideki Matsuyama, both started Sunday with bogeys on the first hole. 

 

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Blustery 10th anniversary RC44 World Championship ahead 

Blustery 10th anniversary RC44 World Championship ahead  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

RC44 teams have today been putting themselves through their paces, carrying out final tweaking prior to the start of this week's RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande.

 

Typically the high point of the RC44 season, this year's World Championship is doubly important coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the class, that was originally conceived by legendary America's Cup skipper Russell Coutts and bears his initials.

 

While Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika will be looking to defend its 2015 title, the stand-out boat after the first event of this season in Bermuda was Chris Bake's Team Aqua. Because of this, Team Aqua has recovered the coveted 'golden wheels', the RC44 equivalent of the Tour de France's yellow jersey.

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World Sailing announces $200,000 prize money for World Cup final in Melbourne

World Sailing announces $200,000 prize money for World Cup final in Melbourne | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

World Sailing will be providing $200,000 AUD in prize money, together with travel grants for the world's best sailors at the Sailing World Cup Final, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 4-11 December 2016.

 

The Sailing World Cup Final will be held in the aftermath of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sailors will race out of St Kilda's Sailing Precinct on Port Phillip in the ten Olympic fleets, Open Kiteboarding and the 2.4 Norlin One Design, a Paralympic event, in a bid to be crowned 2016 Sailing World Cup Champion.


Racing across the ten Olympic fleets will commence on Wednesday 21 September with the Medal Races drawing the event to a close on Sunday 25 September.

After that, attention turns to Melbourne and the climax of the Sailing World Cup.

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Gold, two silvers and two bronze for Aussies at Sailing World Cup Hyeres

Gold, two silvers and two bronze for Aussies at Sailing World Cup Hyeres | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

A breeze in excess of 20 knots came through in the morning with many wondering if there would even be any racing at all. Thunder, lightning, torrential rain and huge winds ensured the Olympic sailors were pushed to their limits.

As the day advanced, the weather completely turned on its head and midway through the Laser Medal Race, the wind cut out entirely. A wait for breeze ensued and as the rain returned so did a fickle 3-9 knots. Nine fleets completed their Medal Race with only the Men's RS:X missing out.

The sun did make an appearance, for the closing ceremony, shining light on the exceptional performances of the world's best sailors. The heroes of the sport are born at the Sailing World Cup and come of age at the Olympic Games.

The road to Rio is a hard one and if the racing in Hyères is anything to go by, expect fireworks at the Olympic Games.

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Steady winds deliver close racing on Day 2 of 2016 Top of the Gulf Regatta 

Steady winds deliver close racing on Day 2 of 2016 Top of the Gulf Regatta  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Yesterday's storm didn't reappear today and steady winds of 10-12 knots delivered some close racing across the fleet. Today was the first day for the keelboat and multihull classes and with the series being just four days in total they wasted no time in getting started.

Denis Thompson and his race management team got two races in for the keelboats and multihulls, with three windward/leewards for the one-design Platus.


It was a busy and tiring day for the windsurfers competing in the RS:One Asian Championship. After just a single race completed on the first day, race management finished five races today to get the series back on schedule. In the Men's division, it was consistency from I Nyoman Suartana (INA) with three wins today that sees him four points clear of Leung Pui Hei (HKG) with Geylord Coveta (PHI) in third. Thai top placer at the end of Day 2 is Natthaphong Phonoppharat who sits in fifth.

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Sailors defend title in China

Sailors defend title in China | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

A team of sailors from the Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club left for China on Sunday to race against a top international field at the second annual XiangJiang International Regatta and defend their winner's title.

 

In June last year the Noosa team competed in the inaugural event in Changsha, walking away winners.

 

Sailing the Fareast 28R Sportsboat, Paul Blundell, Klade Hauschildt and Hayden Johnson and Seddon Cripps competed against another Aussie team, from Perth in Western Australia, as well as teams from Russia, England, France, America, Belgium, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

 

NYRC Sailing Manager Paul Blundell said the group was looking forward to this year's event and will be joined by Fergus Gillanders and Ben Vercoe.

 

"It will be great to have another crack at this very experienced fleet sailing on the XiangJiang River," Mr Blundell said.

 

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Aussie husband and wife team take bronze at Hobie 16 Open Worlds 

Aussie husband and wife team take bronze at Hobie 16 Open Worlds  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

The final battle between the world’s best Hobie Cat sailors was fought out on Dapeng Bay in China yesterday, in the final two races of the 21st Hobie 16 World Championships.

 

Going in to the day’s racing Daniel Bjornholt Christensen (DEN) had an 8 point buffer and was holding onto an amazing 5 point drop, which meant that Mick Butler (AUS) needed a minimum of two races, and luck to go his way in both, to have a chance to move ahead of the Dane.

 

After an ominous start to the day with very light winds, optimism was still in the mind of all of the competitors. Even Bjornholt Christensen wanted to race if conditions were fair. Despite the chance that he could lose the crown that was looking like his for the keeping. Early in the morning not long after arriving at the event site he said.



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Sixteen Aussies make the cut at Hobie 16 Open Worlds

Sixteen Aussies make the cut at Hobie 16 Open Worlds | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

After eight qualifying races, the fleet has been cut to 56 boats.

 

Yesterday's racing got off to a late start as overnight rain had taken some of the wind from our sails but as they they say, “That’s sailing”. Our Hobie 16 open qualifiers checked out their boats early so that the fleet could hit the water when the Race Officer had set the course and called for ‘off the beach’. The call came at around 11:30am after the sailors had prepped their cats, had an early lunch and even played some volleyball.

When the call came, it was ‘Game On’ with three back to back races in which to make it count. The afternoon’s racing brought the total number of races for the qualifying series to eight and conditions were once again light with shifty winds from 6-11 kts before clouds rolled in and closed out the day at the end of race eight. It is a testament to the Race Officer, Beach Crew and On Water Teams on organising quality racing despite light and shifty conditions

Last night our sailors enjoyed each others company once again as the fleet was split and today we begin the Hobie 16 World Championship Open Semi Finals.

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Aussies win at World O'pen Cup

Aussies win at World O'pen Cup | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

The 2015 World O’pen Cup, held at Safety Beach Sailing Club in Melbourne from 27th December – 3rd January, saw some of the best sailors in the world confronted with testing wind and sea conditions. With 130 sailors competing (including 40 internationals from 8 countries) the regatta was all action in true O’pen BIC fashion, which will live long in the memories of the young competitors! Congratulations to all of the sailors who participated.

This World O'pen Cup was a truly outstanding success, as could be seen in the eyes of these young competitors coming in from all over the world. With some of the best sailing on display and plenty of on land entertainment, including a local indigenous performance, the sailors and spectators all have something to take away with them from this unforgettable experience.

The next World O’pen Cup is 6 months from now, being hosted in France where the O'pen BIC was born 10 years ago!

 

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Bronze for Australia in all three Para classes at the Worlds 

Bronze for Australia in all three Para classes at the Worlds  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Australians have won Bronze medals in all three Paralympic classes at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, incorporating the Para World Sailing Championships, in Medemblik overnight.  Aussie Luke Elliott also took Bronze in the Olympic Laser class. 

 

Good sailing conditions with a building breeze throughout the day and a warm northerly provided challenging racing across the fleets.

 

In the Skud 18, the defending champions, Australia’s Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch took the Bronze Medal after a thrilling finish to the regatta.  The Australians were disqualified in the penultimate race, meaning a strong result was needed in the final race of the regatta to hold onto a medal.  The Aussies came out fighting, and with a strong start in the final race, they led around the top mark with the British second and the Poles in third. After a tough and close race, the positions didn't change with Fitzgibbon/Tesch taking the race win to secure the bronze.



“It was a tough end to a very challenging day with a roller coaster ride of emotions as we were up and down,” said Harrison at the end of racing. “As always it's very close racing, and there are a few teams that have jumped right up. There are now several teams who could potentially take top three.”

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Three Aussies on top after second day of Laser World Masters 

Three Aussies on top after second day of Laser World Masters  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Nothing seems to change the forecast here in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – wind, sun and waves means perfect Laser racing conditions prevailed once again for the Laser Standard Masters Worlds. This part of the coast is known for its reliable thermal winds, and today did not disappoint as the Laser Masters sailors took to the water for races 3 and 4 of the twelve race series.

As anticipated, the day’s first race was started in 8 knots winds just after the scheduled 1 p.m. start time. Also, as anticipated, the wind quickly built to 15 knots by the end of the race and held for the rest of the afternoon. Banderas Bay dished out ideal sailing conditions with a nice short chop to keep things interesting upwind, and a larger ocean swell to add to the excitement of the downwind legs.

In a repeat of yesterday’s performance, Australia’s Mark Bethwaite scored a perfect day with two more bullets in the Great Grand Masters Division. According to Bethwaite, “This place is sensational! There’s a great sea breeze that fills in every day and a nice chop to slash through to windward and ride downwind.” Following Bethwaite, Texan, Doug Peckover, found his consistency with a pair of second place finishes to hold second place overall.

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Wearn just misses bronze medal as Thompson defends his World Laser title

Wearn just misses bronze medal as Thompson defends his World Laser title | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Two Australians have finished in the top 10 at this year’s Laser Worlds Championships in Mexico.  West Australian Matt Wearn has taken fourth place; while NSW’s Tom Burton has finished the event in sixth place overall. The event was won by Great Britain's Nick Thompson, with Jean-Baptiste Bernax (FRA) second and Rutger Van Schaardenburg (NED) third.

 

Wearn’s sixth place in today’s first race looked promising for a podium finish; however, Van Schaardenburg made a last minute dash for the Bronze in the final race of the regatta, winning race 14 and moving up into third place overall just two points clear of Wearn on the overall leaderboard.

 

“We saw some big left shifts today that we haven't seen for the past two weeks,” said Wearn at the conclusion of racing.  “It made racing extremely difficult. I sailed well in the first race to give myself a nice buffer going in to the final race; but didn't get the shifts right in the final race and made some big errors.


“I’ve identified some positives that I’m happy with, together with some things to look at closely and try to improve for the next regatta in Weymouth and then obviously the Olympics.”

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CYCA to host Australian Youth Match Racing Championship for three years 

CYCA to host Australian Youth Match Racing Championship for three years  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

The 2016 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship will be held over four days in October.

 

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has been appointed by Australian Match Racing Limited as the host club of the Australian Youth Match Racing Championship for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

The club’s race management expertise and the Youth Sailing Academy’s fleet of Elliott 7s provide the ideal skills and facilities to home the event for the next three years.

 

“Our aim is to deliver events which are not only organised and managed at a high level of excellence, but to also create an environment in which competitors and their families enjoy the camaraderie and community which sailing provides.”

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Canberra's Matthew Millar eyes golf's US PGA Championships in Western Australia

Canberra's Matthew Millar eyes golf's US PGA Championships in Western Australia | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

It would be quite the achievement, but Matthew Millar's goal at the WA PGA Championship this week is to qualify for the year's final major.

 

Before the PGA Tour of Australasia's WA Open two weeks ago, Millar flew to Western Australian with the aim to win both tournaments and work his way up from 273rd to inside the top 100 on the world golf rankings.

 

Outside of their qualifying categories, the PGA of America usually invites every player inside the top 100 which in turn gives the event the strongest field in men's golf.

 

"I was hoping that it if I could play well in the two WA events and play in something else between now and the US PGA Championship maybe I could try and make my way into the top 100. 

 

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Fremantle Sailing Club's Jaime Ryan and Carrie Smith qualify for Olympic Games

Fremantle Sailing Club's Jaime Ryan and Carrie Smith qualify for Olympic Games | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

THE Olympic dream will become a reality for two Fremantle Sailing Club members.

 

470 class sailors Jaime Ryan and Carrie Smith, the 10th ranked pair in the world, have been named in the Australian sailing team to compete at this year’s Rio Olympics. It will be a family affair for Ryan, with brother Will also selected for the Australian team.

Smith said it was a special moment for them, as both would be attending their first Olympics.

 

“It’s something I have dreamt about since I was a little kid receiving my first ever boat,” she said.

 

“Jaime and I were rivals in the youth classes which is very funny.

“We have good memories and I think that makes us stronger and bond more as a team, it made us better sailors and good friends so something to look back at now and have a laugh.”

 

The Olympics kick off on August 5.

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Kooringal named golf club of the year

Kooringal named golf club of the year | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Kooringal Golf Club at Altona has been named Golf Club of the Year in the Community Clubs Victoria awards.

 

The club was recognised for improving facilities on and off the course “tremendously” in recent years.

 

The judges said the course changes undertaken a decade ago had bedded down and were in perfect tune with the older part of the course.

 

The club was also recognised for its community outreach and promotion of golf.

 

Two years ago, the Kooringal Golf Club Foundation was created to establish a permanent fund, independent of club administration, in support of juniors.

 

Mr White said the foundation aimed to encourage young people from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds to play golf.

 

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Skies clear and breeze kicks in for CYCA Winter Series 

Skies clear and breeze kicks in for CYCA Winter Series  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

It looked likely that rain and gloom would be part and parcel of Sunday’s opening pointscore race in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) Land Rover Winter Series, but it was to the contrary when light rain ceased and cloudy skies parted, giving way to a glorious sunny day and ideal racing conditions.

 

A fleet of 114 boats were on the Sydney Harbour start line, with David Pescud’s Sailors With DisAbilities starting the season well, taking the gun in Division A1, from Steven Proud’s Kernan 44, Swish, and The Goat, a Rogers 46 owned by Sebastian Bohm and Bruce Foye.


“This is the first race on our new boat,” Hawkett said. Phil Thompson (a former CYCA Sailing Manager) joined us for the race. He hasn’t been too well, but he was firing on all fours. He reckons he’s lost his touch, but he hasn’t - he was in great form.

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Up and down goes the World Cup - supposedly good training for Rio 

Up and down goes the World Cup - supposedly good training for Rio  | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Sailing World Cup Hyères has served sailors a completely different set of conditions on day two, with racing postponed early in the day due to a lack of wind.

 

A light 5-10 knot breeze filled in during the early afternoon, meaning that a full day of racing was had by all classes with both the Nacra 17s and the 49er FX classes both completing four races.  The breeze built to 10-12 knots later in the day.  The day provided a stark contrast to the wild 25 to 30 knots of yesterday.

 

In the Finn class, Australia’s two leading Finn sailors are in top positions.  Queensland’s Jake Lilley is currently sitting first overall after winning both of today’s races, while Oliver Tweddell of Victoria is lying third overall having scored 2 & 18 in today’s two races.

 

"Tomorrow we just need to focus on starts.  We had a couple of average starts today, so we need to focus on that and a little bit of speed stuff.  Otherwise, I think a lot of our tactical decisions were pretty good today."

Meanwhile in the Paralympic classes, Australia’s Matt Bugg is currently leading the 2.4mR class, having scored a third and a second today. “We didn’t have nearly as much wind as yesterday,” said Bugg from the dock this afternoon.  “Tomorrow will be our second last day.  I’m sitting in first overall and I got a buffer of few more points today.  And I think, tomorrow’s forecast looks quite similar to today.”

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