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Aussie Women’s Match Racers on fire!

3 August 2012

SAILING: Australia’s women’s match racing team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty have proven themselves to be the team to beat in the Olympic regatta with ten stunning victories from ten races in the preliminary round-robin series.  The Aussie girls came into this event as a young and relatively unknown team but after winning the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Weymouth earlier this year they indicated they were a team to watch. 

The Aussies remain the only team on the draw to remain undefeated, and along the way they have claimed many big scalps.  Following today’s two wins against the Spanish and Danish teams, the Aussies are assured of finishing the round robin series in the number one position, giving them the advantage of being matched against the eighth ranked team in the quarter finals.  Today’s two wins were a great birthday present for skipper Olivia Price, who turns 20 today. 

“We had another good day and to be honest I hadn’t thought that it was my birthday,” said Price.  “I’d been trying to block it out but now that it’s finished it was a good day.”

Australia’s 49ers Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen continue to lead the fleet despite having a tougher day on Portland Harbour.  Outteridge and Jensen had an incident on the start line of their first race which meant they needed to complete a penalty turn, putting them back in the fleet.  The boys fought their way back and eventually crossed the line in tenth position.  In the second race they crossed in sixth, having undertaken another fight-back. 

“We had a tough day out there today,” said Outteridge.  “In the first race we had an incident on the start line and we had to do penalty turn and we were in last, and we just kept our composure and we had to sail back through the fleet and we got a tenth.  We were very happy to save that race.” 

The Australian men’s 470 team of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page also kicked off their Olympic competition today with a third place in their first race.  The Aussies had a tougher second race having to re-start after being over the line at the start and then having to complete a penalty turn following an incident mid-race, so they were fortunate to fight back to ninth.  The Aussies are currently lying fourth overall. 

In the women’s windsurfer event, four-time Olympian Jessica Crisp had a seventh and a 12th in today’s two races and is lying 13th overall.  In the Finn Class Brendan Casey is 14th overall after a 19th and a ninth today. 

Looking forward to day seven, the Aussies will be taking to the water for two races in the Laser, Laser Radial, 470 Men and Finn classes.  Our 470 women’s team of Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell will also open their Olympic campaign with two races, while the 49ers will also continue with three races.  

Megan McKay in Weymouth

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