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Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Daily wrap

27 April 2015

SAILING: The ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres (April 22-26) is the first major event on the road to Rio 2016 selection and the third of five 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series events that lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi later this year. Top results at the key international regattas are required to be named in the Australian Sailing Team and to be nominated for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic teams.

The Australian Sailing Team (AST) and Australian Sailing Squad (ASS) qualified a total of eighteen boats in nine classes of the ten Olympic class events.

Final wrap

Australia's World #1 Laser sailor Tom Burton won the gold medal at the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères in France.

Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) added a silver medal in the 49er, which they had already secured on Saturday with one day to spare. Australia’s second crew in the top-ten medal race, David Gilmour (WA) and Rhys Mara (VIC), just missed out on bronze after a capsize put them back into fourth overall.

Olympic gold medallist and five-time World Champion Mathew Belcher (QLD) and dual World Champion crew Will Ryan won Sunday’s medal race, which secured them the silver medal in the Men’s 470.

This brought the total Australian medal tally to one gold, two silver in the Olympic classes at the first European World Cup of the 2015 series.

In the Nacra 17 class dual Olympic medallist Darren Bundock (NSW) and Olympic silver medallist Nina Curtis (NSW) finished the medal race in third and overall fourth. Australia’s second crew in the medal race of World Championship bronze medallists Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) finished overall seventh.

Olympic silver medallist Olivia Price (NSW) and Eliza Solly (VIC) finished the medal race ninth after an unfortunate capsize. They finished the regatta in ninth overall.

In a strong breeze of 15-20 knots selected races were broadcast live. Click here for a full replay.

Already yesterday Australian Sailing Team’s Paralympic boats of Colin Harrison (WA), Jonathan Harris (NSW) and Russell Boaden (WA) in the Sonar and Matt Bugg (TAS) in the 2.4mR won two silver medals.
See media release here: http://www.australiansailing.org/two-silver-medals-for-australian-paralympic-boats-at-isaf-sailing-world-cup/

The Australian Sailing Team was competing in full force at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères with this Olympic and Paralympic class regatta being the first major event on the road to Rio 2016 selection. The top 40 boats of the world's best competed in each of the ten Olympic class events in Hyères after changes to the ISAF Sailing World Cup format and pre-qualification based on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and a qualification regatta.

Men's One Person Dinghy – Laser
Laser World #1 Tom Burton took over the yellow leader’s jersey on day two of the regatta and never let it go.

Tension was rising on the final day of fleet racing when he lost a few points in a heated battle with Croatian Tonci Stipanović in race two of the day, which first saw him slip into third.

But following an overnight protest, Burton was awarded points in a redress to start the medal race in the lead with just two separating him from Nick Thompson of Great Britain. And in the final race of the event he never left any doubt about wanting to make it a hat trick at Hyères regatta.

He got off the start-line well sailed a strong race and finished the day in second behind the USA and the gold medal position overall

“Today was a bit different than the last few days, bit windier and some nice big waves. We had some tight close racing and a bit of fun as well,” Tom Burton said about the racing.

It was the third time in a row Burton won the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, which made the win extra special.

“This was my hat-trick here in Hyères, three years in a row so this win is pretty special. I sailed quite well all week, but some things didn’t really go my way. So it was just nice to finish it all off on an up, sail well and get the job done.”

About the plans ahead he added “I’ll have a bit of time off now after we’ve had a block of two big events in Palma and Hyères, with the priority being this event. I’m off to Garda, which is a very nice place to be, and I like to spend time there when I’m not fully competing and do a bit of preparation for the next World Cup in Weymouth (8-15 June). I will use the time to work on a few things, do a bit of recovery and hit Weymouth hard.”

Men’s Two Person Dingy – 470M
World Champions and World #1 in the Men’s 470 Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD) went into medal race in third place, after a slow start to the event and consistently working their way up throughout the week.

In the Medal Race they rounded the first mark in pole position, held their lead throughout the race and went on to claim the Medal Race victory which handed them silver.

“We were a bit rusty as we came into things, but as the week progressed we improved. We are happy with the way we sailed in the medal race and it’s nice to come away with the best result we could on this particular day” Will Ryan said after racing.

“This was our first event for this year’s European season and we’ve got quite a long season coming up ahead of us, as our Worlds are not until October. We had a bit of a break over Australian summer to have the chance just to focus on a few different areas, while we were at home. Now we are looking forward to put that back into our racing style.”

“I’m sure some of our friends and followers might be a bit surprised to not see us at the top of the podium. There’s that expectation that goes with it, but that’s we want our competitors to expect as well. This week they might say we sailed badly but we came away with a second, so we can’t complain too much about that. Ultimately, we want to be at the top. There’s nowhere else we’d prefer to be,” Will Ryan added about the expectations around their success over the last events ever since teaming up together.

Croatians Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic's won the event, while Great Britain’s Luke Patience and Elliot Willis finished third.

Men’s Skiff – 49er
Gold and silver were already wrapped up in advance of the Medal Race with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen winning silver and World Champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) gold.

This was the first European and first World Cup regatta this year together for the pair after Nathan Outteridge missed the World Cup in Miami in January.

It was a bit of an up and down week, but given the fact that it was the kick-off to their European Olympic 49er season and their first time racing in the new ISAF Sailing World Cup format, they were quite satisfied with where they are at as Nathan Outteridge explained:

“We had a bit of tough week with some incidents on a windy day, tight racing in the 40-boat fleet and we are still getting our heads around racing with 40 instead of 25. But all in all we are happy and had a good lead over third place overall and for us that’s a good thing.”

“We’ll really have to have a look at how we race the bigger fleets, instead of the Olympic-size fleets of 20 boats, but we’re looking forward towards Weymouth, which will be another 40-boats regatta,”

With regards to their archrivals from New Zealand he added: “Pete and Blair sailed really well this week. We made some good improvements from last year and we have a few more events this year in the lead up to our World Championships in November, so this is a process of improving and slowly grinding them down.”

Together with Outteridge and Jensen in the Medal Race were Australian Sailing Team’s David Gilmour (WA) and Rhys Mara (VIC) who went into the race ranked third. With only eight points separating them from Germany in fourth.

They were in control for the first 50% of the race. However, on the second downwind disaster struck for Gilmour and Mara as they capsized and lost their third position. As a consequence they dropped down the pack and came through in ninth. The Germans capitalised on the Australians misfortune, coming through in fourth to steal bronze.

Despite this misfortunate Nathan Outteridge was full of compliments for his up-and-coming training partners:

“We had four teams in this top 40 event and two crews in the top three going into medal race. It’s great to see the Aussie squad getting stronger all the time and we are far from being complacent that the Olympic spot is ours. We know, the better our team mates get the harder we have to work to get that spot and the higher the chance will be to get a gold medal.”

Women’s Skiff – 49erFX
The Women’s skiff – 49erFX was the final race of the day and the wind had picked-up to 18-20 knots by race time. Big breeze and big waves tested the 49erFX sailors in a testing race.

Olivia Price and Eliza Solly qualified for the final top-ten medal race in seventh and had continuously moved up the ranks throughout the week. In the challenging conditions, a capsize in the first part of the race did not let them climb the results ladder any further.

The crew showed a strong progression throughout the event and will go back to Australia next for a training block at home before competing at the World Cup in Weymouth in June.

Mixed Multihull – Nacra17

The gold medal was already decided ahead of the final race, but a medal was still possible for both Australian crews in the race with points being tight.

Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis went into the final race in sixth and finished overall fourth, winning this internal round over Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, who finished overall seventh.

“We went into the race in sixth and managed to climb into fourth overall, but we did the damage earlier in the regatta and there was a bit too much of a gap to jump up into the medal ranks. But we’re really happy that we progressed throughout the regatta”, Nina Curtis said.

And Darren Bundock added: “Mathematically we could have made into silver or bronze position today, but the stars didn’t align for all the other boats to finish in the correct places to make this happen.”

We will head to the Delta Lloyd regatta in the Netherlands next and use it as a warm-up regatta for the World Cup in Weymouth in June and that again will be a bit of a lead-up event for our World Championships in Denmark July. We have series of events that are important for Olympic selection. With three Australian Nacra crews in contention, no-one on our team has jumped through the hoops yet, so there will be a bit of pressure for the next events,” Nina Curtis said about the plans ahead.

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin started the week in the lead and had been amongst the leaders throughout the week, before they dropped down the ranks at the end of the regatta to finish in overall seventh.

“We started the week really well and were really happy to mix it with the best and show that we are here and ready to go. We had a few errors throughout the end of the regatta, making a few tactical mistakes, but overall we are happy with how we are sailing and how we are progressing. It’s a long way to Rio and we aim to not make the same mistakes at the next regatta,” Lisa Darmanin said at the event of racing and the tasks ahead.

Teams will be heading different ways, with some competing at Garda (6-10 May) as well as at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Netherlands (26-30 May). The whole team will compete again at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth from 8-14 June 2015.

2015 Australian Sailing Team & Australian Sailing Squad
Results after Day 5, Sunday, 26 April 2015

Men’s Two Person Dingy – 470M
− Mathew Belcher (QLD/QAS) & Will Ryan (QLD/QAS) – AST: 13, 8, 15, 4, (20), 3, 3, 7, 1 – 2nd 
− Alexander Conway (NSW) & Patrick Conway (NSW) – ASS: 35, 19, 21, 24, 12, 36, 34, 35 – 37th

Mixed Multihull – Nacra17
− Darren Bundock (NSW) & Nina Curtis (NSW) – AST: 14, 5, 14, 14, 8, (16), 2, 11, 1, (41 (BFD), 15, 3 – 4th 
− Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 6, 1, (19), 2, 10, 17, 9, 3, (26), 23, 9, 5 – 7th 
− Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 37, 31, 16, 23, 11, 19, 27, 4, 3, 16, 4 – 18th

Men’s Skiff – 49er
− Nathan Outteridge (NSW) & Iain Jensen (NSW) – AST: (33), 4, 1, 16, 12, 6, 17, 1, 11, 9, 14, 1 – 2nd 
− David Gilmour (WA/WAIS) & Rhys Mara (VIC/VIS) – AST: 12, 28, (35), 5, 19, 11, 7, 10, 15, 11, 8, 6, 9 – 9th 
− Joel Turner (AST – QLD/QAS) & Lewis Brake (ASS – QLD/QAS) – ASS: 8, (36), 36, 13, 7, 4, (38), 37, 19, 27, 34, 32 – 30th 
− Will Phillips (VIC/VIS) & James Wierzbowski (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 28, 24, BFD (41), 30, DNF (41), 34, 31, 26, 26, 17, 35, 33 – 38th

Women's Skiff – 49erFX
− Olivia Price (NSW) & Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 10, 14, 16, 20, 12, 12, (23), 17, 11, 9, 8, 4, 9 – 9th
− Tess Lloyd (VIC/VIS) & Caitlin Elks (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 16, 10, (40 DSQ), 32, 16, 26, 8, 20, 31, 17, 17, 6 – 21st

Men's One Person Dinghy – Laser
− Tom Burton (NSW) – AST: 2, (33), 3, 2, 11, 5, 1, 21 RDG, 2 – 1st 
− Matthew Wearn (WA/WAIS) – AST: 26, (35), 2, 10, 23, 30, 19, 8– 17th
− Ryan Palk (QLD/QAS) – ASS: (37), 10, 17, 35, 28, 7, 15, 18 – 22nd
− Luke Elliott (WA/WAIS) – ASS: (38), 27, 34, 15, 26, 16, 23, 9 – 26th
− Mitchell Kennedy (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 18, 29, 23, 31, 19, 18, 34, (38) – 34th

Women's One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
− Ashley Stoddart (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 34, (35), 27, 6, 28, 29, 13, 12 – 24th

Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn
− Jake Lilley (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 6, 26, 17, 19, (32), 20, 23, 6 – 17th
− Oliver Tweddell (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 14, 21, 36, 37, 19, 16, 13, 5 – 19th

Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470W
− Sasha Ryan (QLD/QAS) & Amelia Catt (TAS/TIS) – ASS: (34), 18, 14, 32, 9, 27, 34, 17 – 28th

Women's Windsurfer – RS:X
− Joanna Sterling (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 40, 32, (41 UFD), 27, 24, 31, 37, 36, 11, 25, 34 – 34th

Three-Person keelboat – Sonar
− Colin Harrison (WA/WAIS) & Jonathan Harris (NSW) & Russell Boaden (WA/WAIS): 2, 1, 2, 3, 3, (6), 4, 1 – 2nd

Day 2 wrap

Laser World #1 Tom Burton (NSW) moved up to the top of the leader board on day two of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères in France (22-26 April) after a strong day posting a third and second place in Thursday’s racing (23 April), which saw winds pick-up to 17knots.

Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen did not have the best day and dropped back from first to third after three races in the 49er – Men’s Skiff. Also Nacra 17 day one leaders of Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) moved back into third after four races on the second day of the regatta.

World Champions in the Men’s 470 Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD) keep their seventh place after a total of four races across two days. As all Olympic boat classes, they have two more days of racing to move up the results ladder before the final top-ten medal race on Sunday.

In the Paralympic boat classes, Australian Sailing’s Sonar team defended their first spot on the leader board ahead of France and Germany and will continue wearing the yellow leader jerseys into the second half of the regatta. Paralympic class racing concludes on Saturday, 25 April.

The Australian Sailing Team is competing in full force at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères with this Olympic and Paralympic class regatta being the first major event on the road to Rio 2016 selection. The top 40 boats of the world's best compete in each of the ten Olympic class events in Hyères after changes to the ISAF Sailing World Cup format and pre-qualification based on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and a qualification regatta.

Men’s One Person Dingy – Laser
By his own standards, Laser World #1 Tom Burton was off the pace at the beginning of this year, when he did not make the medal race at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami at the end of January and finished just outside the medal ranks at the recent Trofeo Sofia Regatta in Palma, Spain at the beginning of April.

But he his back in form and aiming to make it a hat-trick in Hyères this year. Thursday’s racing brought him one step closer when he took the lead after posting a third and second.

Tom Burton is chased by teammate Matt Wearn (WA), who won bronze in Miami, finished only one place behind Burton in sixth at Palma and on Thursday beat Tom Burton in the first race of the day.

“It was a good day for me and had a third and a second. The first was a close race with Matt. He beat me and came second and we had a bit of a gap to the guys behind us which was nice. And after getting a yellow flag yesterday it was nice to have a bit of a gap and not have to push too hard.

I feel like I’m sailing well and only yesterday’s yellow flag really put a damper on things, but I was going well in the race and I hope it continues.”

With five boats qualified, Australia has the largest contingent on the 40-boat Laser fleet, underlying the current strength of the Australian Laser program coached by Olympic bronze medallist Michael Blackburn and former Australian Sailing Team athlete Ashley Brunning.

Men’s Skiff – 49er
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen went into the second race day in first, tied at the top on five points with the current World Champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL).

But it was not their day. They capsized in the first race after an incident with another boat, which put them from seventh to 17th (16th after Croatia had to retire), which was followed by a twelfth and sixth place in race two and three.

“There was a fair bit more breeze, which made for some pretty intense racing on the 49er track and there were plenty of crashes and breakages,” Nathan Outteridge said after racing.

“Unfortunately for us, we were stuck in the middle of that today. So that was pretty frustrating, but that’s what happens when you’ve got 40 boats, you can’t make errors.”

“It’s good though, this is a great practice regatta as we prepare for Rio 2016 and we’re learning a lot and are looking forward to racing again tomorrow. I think it’s going to be a bit lighter for the rest of the week. It doesn’t change the intensity and we’ll see how we go.”

It was a good day for the young guns on the team with newcomer to the Australian Sailing Team Joel Turner (QLD) and his crew Lewis Brake (QLD) moving up eighteen places into 12th after posting a 13th, seventh and fourth place. David Gilmour (WA) and Rhys Mara (VIC) moved into 16th.

Mixed-multihull – Nacra 17

Cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are a team on the rise with World Championship bronze and World Cup gold under their belt from their last two regattas in the new Olympic boat class Nacra 17.

They had a great start in Hyères picking up a 6-1 scoreline on day one, but day two was a mixed-bag as helm Jason Waterhouse explains:

“We went into the day leading the event. We had one race with a second place and the rest was pretty average. We’re not too happy with the results we got, but we sailed pretty consistently and didn’t have any real, crucial errors, just little mistakes that cut off a few points.”

“Overall it was still a pretty good day and we are still sitting in third place and we are going to move back up the leader board again. It was tricky but we had fun.”

Dual Olympic medallist Darren Bundock (NSW) and Olympic silver medallist crew Nina Curtis (NSW), have had two average days and just sits outside the top ten.

“It was another tricky day with mixed results for everyone across the four races,” Darren Bundock said about the day. “Everyone had some good and some bad races and I don’t really know anyone that dominated the day. We moved back up a bit in the rankings, but didn’t have the best results and are still hanging in there just outside of the top ten.”

Day 1 wrap

Racing got underway at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères on Wednesday, 22 April in the ten Olympic and two Paralympic classes. After a light wind morning, the wind increased modestly throughout the day across all five race courses.

In the highlights of the day from an Australian Sailing perspective, Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) took the lead in the 49er – Men’s Skiff after winning the last of the three races on regatta day one. World Championship bronze medallists Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmin (NSW) added another race win and the overall lead in the mixed-multihull Nacra 17.

In shifty, light conditions it was a mixed bag of results for the other Australian Sailing Team crews with World #1 in the Laser Tom Burton (NSW) posting a second and 33rd to finish the first day in 14th. Men’s 470 World Champions and World #1 Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD) are ranked seventh after day one.

The Australian Sailing Team is competing in full force at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères with this Olympic and Paralympic class regatta being the first major event on the road to Rio 2016 selection. The top 40 boats of the world's best compete in each of the ten Olympic class events in Hyères after changes to the ISAF Sailing World Cup format and pre-qualification based on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and a qualification regatta.

Men’s Skiff – 49er
London Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are racing their first regatta in the Olympic 49er class in Hyères since winning the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne last December.

They had a bad start to the regatta in their first race, but recovered quickly and finished off the day with a race win and taking the overall lead ahead of their arch rivals Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL).

“It was a pretty good start to the regatta. We had really light wind, which slowly built throughout the day. In the first race neither of us caught their traps, it was shifty and we got it a bit wrong. Sometimes that’s the way it goes,” Iain Jensen commented after the race.

“The last two races were really good though. We were tenth around the top mark in the second race and worked our way up to fourth and in the third race we were second at the top and worked our way up to first. So we are moving through the fleet in the right way and are pretty happy. Just a shame we have our drop already, but we’ll just have to sail a consistent week from here.”

Mixed-multihull – Nacra 17
In the Nacra 17 cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin had a strong regatta start winning the second of the two races, which put them in the lead after day one.

“We’ve been here since Palma so we were quite happy for the regatta to start. We are really happy to start with a sixth and a first place and we were able to get off the start line really well, which is a big step up from last year. The results are a bit all over the place across the fleet and it’s only day one and only two races in, so there’s definitely a long way to go,” a realistic Lisa Darmanin said after racing.

Men’s Two Person Dingy – 470M
Current World #1 and World Champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan started the regatta in overall seventh after posting a 13th and eighth in the two races of the day. Even though this is not quite up to their standard, they were happy with how they raced on day one as Mat Belcher explained:

“It was good to get back into racing today and it’s great to have all the top guys here in a top 40 fleet. It was very light today, so it was quite difficult just to get off the line and from a strategy point to pick the right side.

The conditions were very tricky with big pressure differences, but we managed to sail reasonably well finishing 13th and eight in the two races. By our standard that’s not quite what we want, but we’ve had results like that in the past. We are looking forward to tomorrow and to improve bit by bit and to post some good results by the end of the week to get up on top.”

Racing will continue on Thursday, 23 April 2015 from 11 a.m. local time with three more race days scheduled before the top ten medal races on Sunday. 

The Olympic class Medal Races in Hyères will be broadcast live on the ISAF website on Sunday 26 April.

For all results see here.

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