More Aussies medal at SWC Melbourne
12 December 2016
SAILING: Australians have won gold in two classes, and two silvers on the final day of SWC Melbourne 2016, the final event on the World Cup circuit for 2016.
In the Finn class, Jake Lilley continued his strong form, winning yesterday’s medal race and taking the gold at the event. Lilley has had an impressive week, and apart from a start line disqualification on Saturday, has finished in the top three in every race. Fellow Aussie Oli Tweddell finished yesterday’s medal race in fourth place to give him a final overall standing of fifth.
“Today was a fantastic sailing day,” said Lilley at the conclusion of racing. “We had a nice seabreeze of around 15 knots, good waves and an amazing crowd watching us off the beach.
“I had a good start but it was pretty tight up the first beat. My first downwind wasn’t the best, but I managed to round the mark in first place and I extended my lead from there.
“Next I go onto Sail Sydney next week, which I’m really looking forward to, as I love the opportunity to sail at home. Then it’s back to Bermuda to prepare for the America’s Cup.
“After the Cup, I’ll get back into a full-time Finn campaign. I’m hoping to head to Japan in July to check it out. I’m really excited about the Games being in Tokyo, as I learnt Japanese as a child and spent some time up there, so I can’t wait to see them turn on the Olympics.
In the 470 Men’s event, Rio 2016 Silver Medallists, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan finished the regatta with a win in the medal race, to take Australia’s second Gold medal of the day. Belcher and Ryan have also had a strong week, finishing every race in the top two, bar one start line disqualification.
In the 470 Women’s event, Australia’s Rio 2016 crew of Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan also continued their good form. The Aussie girls crossed the line in second place in Sunday’s medal race to hang onto the Silver medal. They were beaten by the Austrian team of Vadlau and Ogar.
In the Laser class, Australia’s Matt Wearn was knocked out of gold medal contention after finishing the medal race in fourth place. London 2012 Silver Medallist, Pavlos Kontides won Sunday’s medal race and in doing so secured the gold. Rio 2016 Silver Medallist, Tonci Stepanovic took the bronze and Aussie Tom Burton finished in fourth place overall.
In the Laser Radial, Australia’s Ashley Stoddart has finished the regatta in seventh place after the crossing the finish line in sixth in yesterday’s medal race.
Saturday, Day 5 SWC Melbourne
Australians have won gold in two classes, silver and bronze on the penultimate day of SWC Melbourne 2016, the final event on the World Cup circuit for 2016.
Rio 2016 Silver Medallists, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin won the medal race on Saturday to take the gold in the Nacra 17. The Aussies were very happy with the win, particularly given this week was their first time sailing the Nacra together since the medal race in Rio.
“We had a really fun day out there,” said Waterhouse at the conclusion of race.
“It was really shifty and quite challenging. We were watching the other fleets and we saw several start line disqualifications, so we knew we had to be careful.
“When we finally got out there, we got a good start and controlled the race from there. We were leading at the first bottom gate and probably made the wrong call so we had to fight our way back, but we had fun doing it.
"Next up is a bit of training back at home (Sydney) and then I’ll head back to Bermuda (for America’s Cup preparations) in the new year. Lisa and I will try and do a training camp in Bermuda ahead of our first big regatta next year - the Nacra Europeans in Kiel during July.”
In the 49erFX class, Tess Lloyd and Eliza Solly also won their medal race to take the gold in their class. The Aussie girls sailed consistently during the week, winning three of the six races in the preliminary series. Haylee Outteridge and Nina Curtis finished Saturday’s medal race in fifth place, which was enough for them to secure the bronze.
In the 49er class there was heartbreak for the Phillips brothers in Saturday’s medal race. The Aussies were blackflagged in the medal race, dropping them from their overnight lead to fifth place overall. Harry Morton and Harry Price won the silver, while David Gilmour and Joel Turner finished in fourth place.
It was a mixed day for Jake Lilley in the Finn class, sailing in the final races of his preliminary series. Lilley was u-flagged in the first race of the day, but came back to win the second race of the day. He takes a six point lead into Sunday’s medal race ahead of Great Britain’s Ed Wright. Oli Tweddell goes into Sunday’s final race in fifth place, after scoring a 3 and a 5 in Saturday’s two races.
“I’m very happy to be back racing the Finn,” said Lilley.
“I'm just suprised I can remember how to do it and I'm actually really pleased with how I am racing at the moment.”
In the Laser class, Matt Wearn takes the overall lead into Sunday’s medal race. Wearn scored 4,9,1 in his three races, and is only three points ahead of London 2012 Silver medallist, Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus. Rio 2016 Gold medallist, Tom Burton is currently third overall after scoring 2,6,3 on Saturday.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan also had a mixed day. In the shifty conditions, they were u-flagged in their first race, but came back to win the second race of the day. They take a 20 point lead into tomorrow’s medal race.
In the women’s 470 Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan had two second placing’s, finishing behind the Austrian team of Vadlau/Ogar in both races. The Aussies go into Sunday’s medal race six points behind the Austrians, so it will be nail-biting action!
In the Laser Radial, Australia’s Ashley Stoddart has dropped to sixth place overall after scoring 8 and 13 in Saturday’s two races. Stoddart will sail in her medal race on Sunday.
In the RSX Women’s event, Joanna Sterling finished her regatta in ninth place overall after an eighth placing in the medal race.