It was an action packed day down at Sail Melbourne with the first day of races showing close results. The weather was beautiful with clear blue skies offering perfect breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay from Sandringham Yacht Club.
Laser class world champion Tom Slingsby finished the day on top, just scraping ahead of British rival Nick Thompson by one point. In third place comes Australian sailor Ashley Brunning who came 2nd and 3rd respectively in his first two races, putting him one point behind Thompson. With such close results, the competition here at Sandringham Yacht Club is fierce so far.
Laser class gets off to a good sailing start
Melbourne Laser Radial star Krystal Weir is showing good form but with such top talent has her work cut out for her, ending the day on a close 6th with 14 total net points. Krystal has another 5 more days to battle her way onto a podium and since Sandringham is her home yacht club, hopes for her success are high.
Australian Men’s 470s are giving international competitors a bit of a run for their money with sailing teams Kivell/Ryan and Page/Belcher ending day 1 of the racing 2nd and 3rd respectively. It’s so great to see so much Australian talent out on the water!
New Zealand 49er crew Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are tough rivals to beat for Australian crews Phillips/Phillips and Outteridge/Jensen. The two Australian crews are fighting neck and neck with their New Zealand counterparts who are just 1 point ahead of the competition while they ended the day on a solid equal 2nd.
49er crew Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen
Jess Crisp is absolutely flying ahead of her competition ending the day on top with 3 net points.
Australia has produced some truly spectacular sailing athletes, many of who have ended the first day of competition in the top 3 in their class. However we still have another five more days of competition left so nobody is safe just yet.
Day 2 of sailing begins at noon today with Finn, 470, 49er, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X Windsurfing, Access Liberty and Paralympic classes racing on the bay. It’s another big day of sailing with many high hopes for Australian athletes.
Also coming up today is the 10th International Sailing Summit, with some of the best in the business heading down to Sandringham to hear speakers including Olympic gold medallist Mark Turnbull OAM, Marine Industry Chairman of the BIA Darren Vaux and Program Director of the High Performance Unit Australian Sailing Team Peter Conde. The Summit aims to drive positive change in the industry – I can’t wait to sit in and listen to the experts!
Laser World No.1 Tom Slingsby
Here’s to another day of great racing – the weather definitely won’t dampen our spirits.