470 darlings Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan are sitting in first place after a perfect start to their 2016 campaign for Rio after only racing together for one week. That’s true talent for you.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan on Day 1 of racing
Brendan Casey was back in the Finn class since competing in London and also scored two first places in his two races, while fellow Aussies Oliver Tweddell and Jake Lilley are tied for second. London 2012 representative Elise Rechichi and Olympic rower-turned-sailor Sarah Cook finished their first day of racing together third overall in the 470 women’s fleet.
Ashley Stoddart and Krystal Weir are tied for the lead in the Laser Radial class, with both beginning their regatta with a win and a second.
Krystal Weir racing in the Laser Radial class
Beijing 2008 470 women’s gold medallist Tessa Parkinson and her crew Kate Lathouras sit at the top of the leaderboard after three races in the new 49erFX class, finishing with two wins and a fourth. Women’s Match Racing London 2012 silver medallist Olivia Price is a point behind in third, sailing alongside James Sly.
While the athletes were competing out on the water, some of the best minds in the business were brainstorming industry growth and development at the 11th International Sailing Summit at Sandringham Yacht Club.
International keynote speaker and former executive director of Sail America, Jonathan Banks shared his amazing Discover Sailing success story with guests and he even told us how impressed he was with how Australia encourages kids to get involved in sailing.
The Founder of the ISS Alistair Murray commented that it was a great call to action for the sailing and marine industry to inspire growth following our country’s amazing success at the Olympics this year. I for one can’t wait to see what the future brings for our sport!
This morning there is gale force winds down at Sandringham so everyone is waiting on the edge of their seats to find out if racing will go ahead today. We are also preparing for the Official Sailing World Cup Dinner tonight – let’s hope we have a dolphin sighting like last year!
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