• Home
  • News
  • Sail Sydney a launch pad for Olympic Campaigns

Sail Sydney a launch pad for Olympic Campaigns

12 September 2017

SAILING: The Australian Sailing Team will be looking to tame Sydney Harbour this December as they compete in Sail Sydney at Woollahra Sailing Club.

The 23rd edition of the event will run from from December 11-17 with the support of Drummoyne Sailing Club, Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

Sail Sydney is shaping up to attract more than 300 local, national and international competitors across 23 classes.

Olympic Classes will compete for the first four days of the regatta with Australian Sailing Team and Squad Crews set to line up. Under the recently announced Tasman Series with Australian Sailing and Yachting New Zealand, Sail Sydney is now positioned to attract the best Olympic Class sailors in the southern hemisphere.

Australian Sailing Chief Executive Officer, John Lee, said that Sail Sydney is an important regatta for Olympic Class sailors as our squads prepare for their respective campaigns.

“Sail Sydney is a great opportunity for Australian Sailing and Yachting New Zealand sailing teams to work together to create a strong, world-class competition,” John said.

“Sydney Harbour is a great setting for one of the final major regattas of the year for our sailors who have been competing overseas.

“Woollahra Sailing Club have successfully delivered this event over a number of years and with the support of surrounding Clubs, it is great to see their partnerships supporting the foundations of this great Australian Sailing event.”

Invited Classes will take the reins from December 15 which will include; 29er, 420, Nacra 15, Pacer, Laser 4.7, Optimist Open, Intermediate and Green Fleet, Bic Techno (Ripper League and Ripper Races), RS:X Men and Women, Elliot, International Cadet, Sabot 1 Up, Open Bic, Manly Juniors, Flying 11 and Tasar.

Among the invited classes, Optimist sailors for New Zealand are preparing for the regatta ahead of the Australian Optimist Nationals.

“Our sailors are really looking forward to coming to Australia to compete on Sydney Harbour,” said Greg Lee, who will manage a group of competing New Zealand Opti sailors.

“We always have a strong contingent of sailors head to Australia for the Opti Nationals so Sail Sydney will be another opportunity to compete against the best Aussie sailors.  Everyone is very much looking forward to sailing in Sydney.”

Sailing conditions in Auckland vary during the peak sailing season, from October to April, providing New Zealand sailors with an effective training base to prepare for Sail Sydney 2017.

“We get a mix of conditions here in Auckland from very light to in excess of 40 knots,” Greg said.  “The water temperate is a little chilly until around late December when the average becomes about 20 degrees which is quiet bearable.”

New Zealand has a bright future in Optimist sailing with Rio Olympic 49er Gold Medallists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, 470M duo Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Wilcox, and Rio Olympic 49erFX Silver Medallists, Alex Maloney and Gemma Jones, all having graduated from the Opti class.

While the water temperatures may be cooler in NZ, there is no doubt that the Kiwi Opti sailors will heat up Sail Sydney 2017.

Sailing Australia

Related News

Olympic legend Mary Hanna receives Gold Badge of Honour

Olympic legend Mary Hanna receives Gold Badge of Honour

19 June 2018

Australian Equestrian-Dressage legend and five-time Olympian Mary Hanna has received one of the FEI’s most prestigious accolades – the Gold Badge of Honour.

Rio Olympian Ryan Bailie ranks sixth in World Triathlon Series

Rio Olympian Ryan Bailie ranks sixth in World Triathlon Series

19 June 2018

It was a case of survival of the fittest in yesterday’s energy-sapping World Triathlon Series Leeds round with Australia’s Rio Olympian, "Mr. Consistent" Ryan Bailie, the best of the Aussies, moving up the ITU WTS World Rankings to sixth after his 10th place finish.

Australian Volleyroos sweep weekend's Nations League matches

Australian Volleyroos sweep weekend's Nations League matches

19 June 2018

In an historic sporting moment the Australian Volleyroos have defeated world volleyball heavyweights and Olympic Silver Medallists Italy 3-1 (27-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23) to complete a clean sweep of their three Volleyball Nations League matches this weekend.

Related Sports

Sailing

Sailing