Some of the nation’s best young sailors have a huge added incentive to excel at the upcoming Australian Youth Championships after confirmation the event will serve as a qualification point for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
America’s Cup-winning skipper Glenn Ashby and rising stars Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot were named the nation’s top sailors for 2017 at the Australian Sailing Awards in Sydney on Friday night.
Australian sailors have made a statement at the site of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic regatta, with Jake Lilley and Matthew Wearn each claiming a Silver medal amid powerful fleets and tricky conditions at Enoshima Olympic Week, which concluded on Sunday.
The outcomes from Enoshima Olympic Week will have a significant impact on the way Australian Sailing approaches the rest of the Olympiad, Finn sailor Jake Lilley believes.
Australia’s top Nacra 17 sailors are keen to gain precious experience in the full-foiling boats at Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney, but confirmation the events will be 100-point regattas is sure to stir the competitive spirit.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have added yet another string to their bow with a convincing Gold medal victory in the 470 class at the World Cup round one event at Gamagori, Japan, while Rio Olympic Gold medallist Tom Burton put in a stirring final day performance to pinch Bronze in the Laser class.
Australian Sailing Head Coach Victor Kovalenko has indicated on the eve of the first round of the 2017-18 World Cup Series in Japan that Australia’s proximity to the 2020 Olympics host nation should provide our elite sailors respite from the drawbacks of regular long-haul travel.
Australians have earned a slew of personal best results at the Laser World Championship in Croatia, including a first podium finish for rising star Matt Wearn.
The competitive camaraderie between two of Australia’s finest sailors will reach another peak tonight when Rio Olympic Gold medalist Tom Burton and recent World No.1 Matthew Wearn battle out the final stages of the 2017 Laser World Championship at Split in Croatia.
The Australian Sailing Team will be looking to tame Sydney Harbour this December as they compete in Sail Sydney at Woollahra Sailing Club.